West Allegheny board says welcome and farewell

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West Allegheny officials have appointed a new school board member and they‘‍ve said farewell to their retiring superintendent.

Mark Rosen of Findlay was sworn in to serve on the school board until December 2015, completing the term of Anne Bolind, who resigned June 2 for personal reasons.

“We are looking forward to you bringing new ideas to the board,” president Debbie Mirich told Mr. Rosen, 44, a sales director who serves on the board of the Findlay Township Municipal Authority. He has also volunteered for booster organizations and coached baseball and football.

He and his wife, Celeste, have lived in the district since 2000. They have three sons — J.R., 23, Joshua, 18, and Seth, 14.

“I think my experience personally and professionally will benefit the district and the children,” Mr. Rosen said.

Ms. Bolind, a veterinarian, had headed the committee on policies and programs, and had given monthly updates on the status of the Imperial Landfill near Wilson Elementary.

“We are going to miss her,” Ms. Mirich said. “Anne had served 11 years, and I believe she had only missed two meetings.”

School officials and the audience also made a farewell toast of sparkling grape juice to outgoing superintendent John DiSanti, who plans to retire June 30 after nine and a half years in the position.

“You have paved a solid road, and for that we thank you,” Ms. Mirich said. “Your leadership, your guidance and your insight have brought this district to a new level of excellence.”

Mr. DiSanti, of North Fayette, thanked his administrative team and others for their work.

“It’s been a pleasure, and it’s just been an honor,” he said. “This [district] is really a special place. My wife and I do plan to stay here.”

Jerri Lynn Lippert, chief academic officer of Pittsburgh Public Schools, is set to become West Allegheny superintendent July 1 under a four-year contract.

West Allegheny includes about 3,260 students in Findlay, North Fayette and Oakdale.

Andrea Iglar, freelance writer: suburbanliving@post-gazette.com.

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