By Stacy Lee, MCKEESPORT DAILY NEWS
Steel Valley High School baseball players and their parents lined the walls of the school's conference room Monday night to support their coach Tim Vickers and his recommendation for assistant baseball coach.
After approximately an hour of comments from the public and school directors, the majority of the school board voted not to hire Micheal Beck, Vickers' choice as assistant.
P Instead, the board hired John Skeels by a 5-3 vote at the special school board meeting.
School board president Beth Cannon, who is Skeels' aunt, and directors Donald Bajus, Donna Kiefer, Michael Terrick and Colette Youngblood voted in favor of Skeels.
District solicitor Don Fetzko said Cannon could vote because Skeels is not her parent, spouse, child, brother or sister.
School board vice president Vince Natale and directors Susan Ballas and Thomas Olson voted to hire Beck.
School director Joe Ducar was absent.
"It is what it is," Vickers said about the vote. "On one hand, I'm disappointed because I went through the process of selecting who I desired to be along with us throughout the year. On the other hand, I'm relieved to know the JV team will be able to start getting ready for the season."