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PLAINS TWP. – An effort to require the superintendent of record to attend all meetings of the Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center's Joint Operating Committee failed in a tie vote at the committee's meeting Monday.

The superintendent of record position is largely a legal technicality and not an administrative one because the center, which serves five area school districts, has its own administrative director handling day-to-day management. The JOC, comprised of representatives from school boards of each member district, picks a superintendent of record and determines the level of his or her involvement in meetings.

Crestwood School Board representative Gene Mancini made the motion to require attendance during the new business section of Monday's meeting. Mancini said the motion initially was approved, but several committee members said they were confused about the nature of the motion and a second vote was held, ending in a 5-5 tie. A tie vote means a motion fails.

Mancini's proposal mirrored policy at the West Side Career and Technology Center, where the superintendent of record is required to attend all meetings. West Side rotates the position among its five member districts, so the superintendents of each district take turns serving for one year as superintendent of record.

At Wilkes-Barre Area CTC, the superintendent of record has been the superintendent of Wilkes-Barre Area School District for four decades. Currently, that is Bernard Prevuznak, who replaced Jeff Namey, who retired in the summer.

Earlier this year, Mancini moved to rotate the superintendent of record position among the five member districts as is done at West Side. Mancini said he felt the retirement of Namey offered an opportunity to make the change. Mancini moved for rotation at two separate JOC meetings, but the motion was rejected both times.

The superintendent of record has no vote at JOC meetings and no real power, but Wyoming Area School District Superintendent Ray Bernardi, who served as West Side's superintendent of record last year, has said attending meetings helped him keep up to date on what the center was doing and provided a chance to offer input and ideas.

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