North Allegheny director chooses coaching over school board

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North Allegheny residents interested in serving on the school board can submit applications for an open seat until Aug. 14.

The school board on July 16 accepted the resignation of member Ralph Pagone, who had served for more than eight years.

“I think it is important to recognize … his length of service to the community,” said board member Scott Russell.

Mr. Pagone was forced by a new district policy to choose being a board member or the head coach of the varsity girls slow-pitch softball team, a program he brought to the district. Both positions are unpaid.

Mr. Pagone had asked to be “grandfathered” into the policy so that he could remain in both positions.

His resignation was accepted at the beginning of the meeting. Later in the same meeting, he was approved as the softball coach.

“The board appreciates Mr. Pagone's continued service to the district in this capacity,” said board President Chris Jacobs.

Mr. Pagone’s term expires in November 2017.

Applications for the open board seat are available at Completed applications and a letter of interest are due Aug. 14.

Board members will conduct public interviews at the end of their special meeting and work session Aug. 20 and they will make an appointment that evening.

The new member will serve until December 2015, and the remaining two years of Mr. Pagone’s term will be filled in the 2015 election.

Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer:

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