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Liz Knouse selected as South Middleton School Board president
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Liz Knouse selected as South Middleton School Board president

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By a unanimous vote Tuesday, Liz Knouse became president of the South Middleton School Board.

It is a familiar leadership role for Knouse who served terms as board president and vice president during her prior stint on the board from 2001 to 2012.

“I’m happy to be back here again,” said Knouse, one of four newly elected board members who were sworn in during a reorganization meeting.

Five board seats were contested during the November general election. Seats went to Knouse, Bill Hartman, Edyie Robb and Bethanne Sellers. Incumbent board member Elizabeth Meikrantz was re-elected to another term.

They are joined by incumbents John Greenbaum, Stacey Knavel, Denise MacIvor and Jonathan Still who have terms that expire in December 2021.

The vote was unanimous Tuesday to appoint Greenbaum board vice president. Both Knouse and Greenbaum were the only nominees for leadership posts approved by a show of hands.

“Thank you for your vote of confidence,” Knouse told board members. “I am honored to do what is right for the children and community of South Middleton.

“I really want to bring part of the community back to the board,” she said. “One township, one school district, that is unique to South Middleton. ”

Knouse is involved locally as one of the organizers of an annual Day at the Lake celebration and plans for a spring and summer farmer’s market. A Boiling Springs High School graduate, Knouse is the sister of board member Bill Hartman. Their mother and grandfather served terms on the South Middleton School Board.

Knouse and Greenbaum reminded fellow board members about the need for volunteers to fill openings on various committees and liaison boards between the school district and such organizations as HACC, the township recreation department and the Capital Area Intermediate Unit.

After the reorganization, the board held its monthly planning meeting during which meeting dates for 2020 were approved. The board generally convenes meetings the first and third Monday at 7 p.m. in the board room of the district administrative wing of the Iron Forge Elementary School.

Meetings will be held the third Tuesday in January and February and the first Tuesday in September. Meetings for December 2020 will be held the first Tuesday, Dec. 1, and the second Monday, Dec. 14.

Email Joseph Cress at jcress@cumberlink.com.

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