Five-term West Allegheny school director honored at last meeting

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During his 20 years on the West Allegheny school board, John Scott of North Fayette has supported student sports, band shows and stage productions, even building sets and providing props for the high school musicals.

Those are some of the reasons fellow school directors recognized him Nov. 20 during his final board meeting.

“We wanted to thank you from the bottom of our heart for the many years and countless hours that you have dedicated to West Allegheny,” board President Debbie Mirich said.

Along with a gift, Mr. Scott received a standing ovation from current school officials and an audience that included former district administrators and board members.

Mr. Scott's term expires next month. He chose not to seek re-election.

“In the musical ‘The Lion King’ there’s a number called ‘Circle of Life.’ It’s time for me to go,” Mr. Scott said. “So I hope the rest of you carry this on. It’s been a pleasure.”

Mr. Scott said his final meeting was the 480th of his tenure.

A lifelong West Allegheny resident and district graduate, Mr. Scott served five terms on the school board -- with seven years as president and three years as vice president. He recently has headed the athletic committee.

Mr. Scott’s family has a history of serving West Allegheny.

His father had served on the school board for at least 28 years, while his wife, mother and grandmother were teachers in the district, Mrs. Mirich said.

Mr. Scott owns Scott Dairy Farm in North Fayette and is a retired regional director of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.

He holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and agriculture.

He and his wife, Deborah, have three children, Jennifer, Bill and John Jr., all West Allegheny graduates.

Andrea Iglar, freelance writer:

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