Pine-Richland hires new assistant superintendent

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Michael Pasquinelli said he respected Brian Miller's accomplishments when both were administrators at North Allegheny. Now, he hopes to help Mr. Miller accomplish his goals as the new superintendent of the Pine-Richland School District.

Mr. Pasquinelli resigned as Marshall Elementary principal in North Allegheny to join Mr. Miller as his assistant.

"A lot of great things are happening with Pine-Richland. It is still growing, still developing," he said. "Brian and I obviously know each other from North Allegheny. I have a lot of respect for what he was able to do at NA. Knowing his background, I feel we can make a pretty solid team over at Pine-Richland."

The Pine-Richland school board hired Mr. Pasquinelli as assistant superintendent Oct. 14. He replaces David Foley, who became superintendent in the West Middlesex School District in Mercer County.

"Mr. Pasquinelli is a proven educational leader with administrative experiences at all levels of education," Mr. Miller said. "He is student-centered in his approach and believes strongly in the importance of building relationships with students, staff, and the community. As a new member of the district administrative team, people will immediately notice his honest, positive and straightforward style of communication and leadership. We look forward to his arrival."

North Allegheny school directors accepted Mr. Pasquinelli's resignation Oct. 23. The resignation is effective Dec. 13.

"We greatly will miss Mr. Pasquinelli, but we certainly wish him well in the future," said board President Maureen Grosheider. "We know he will do very well."

Mr. Pasquinelli, 46, a North Allegheny graduate, had been with his home district since 2009. He previously served as assistant principal of Carson Middle School and coordinator of academic technology. Before joining NA, he was an assistant principal in the Gateway School District and a middle school principal and math teacher in Florida.

He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics education from the University of Pittsburgh and master's degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. He has completed all coursework in the school leadership doctoral program at the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently working on his dissertation on teacher evaluations and using nontraditional measures to evaluate teachers.

Mr. Pasquinelli said he hopes to use his student-centered approach to "look for opportunities for kids to really explore their interests," even in elementary and middle school, he said.

He added that he will look at individualized learning opportunities, as well as internships and business partnerships.

"How do we get them excited about what they are learning in schools, and how that relates to real life," he said.

Mr. Pasquinelli lives in Adams with his wife, Dawn, and three sons.

"I live in Mars Area, and feel like I am already part of the Pine-Richland community," he said. "We spend a lot of time in the Pine-Richland community."

Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer:

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