The Athens Area School District board of education swore in elected members and chose a new president and vice president during Wednesday's reorganization meeting.

Judge Maureen Beirne of the county Court of Common Pleas, herself an Athens graduate, swore in incumbents Darci Baird, Brett Owen and Lonnie Stethers and newcomer Robert Fauver to begin their new terms on the board Wednesday.

Board members unanimously voted to elect Karen Whyte board president and Baird vice president. Whyte previously served as vice president.

Whyte thanked outgoing board president Karen Brennan for her tenure in the role and announced that Brennan will begin a two-year term on the Pennsylvania School Board Association's board of directors in January. Board members from Region 12, which includes Bradford County school districts, elected Brennan to the position in October.

The board Wednesday also approved a resolution granting easements to the Athens Township Authority to allow for the installation of a sewer line through two of the district's properties. The easements are part of a $4.5 million project to increase sewer capacity in the township.

The first easement would begin behind Beeman's Restaurant on Elmira Street and continue east along the Blue Spruce Trailer Park boundary line to the pump station behind Lynch-Bustin Elementary School, according to a memo from Jeff Schrader, the district's buildings and grounds director. The second would begin at the Friedman Electric driveway off Pine Street and continue east along the street, behind the district's detention pond and the Athens Little League field.

Construction is expected to impact only a small part of the Lynch-Bustin playground, Schrader wrote, adding that he has asked project representatives to keep safety in mind near the school and return the land and grass to normal following construction.

The board will next meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 at Athens Area High School.

Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: arenko@thedailyreview.com.