Dr. Mary Bucci last night was named superintendent of the Pine-Richland School District, replacing Dr. James C. Manley, who is retiring at the end of June.
Dr. Bucci, who has served as assistant superintendent/elementary since May 2007, was appointed with a 6-1 vote of the school board. School director Dennis Sundo voted no and A. Robert Necciai and Kevin Nigh were absent.
"My two years in the district have been the most invigorating and inspiring of my career," Dr. Bucci.said. "This is a special place -- because of the special people who live, work, and learn here. We have a dynamic community with the hallmarks of excellence at every turn -- excellence in the arts, in athletics, in academics and in our relationships."
Dr. Manley congratulated said his assistant is "a tremendous asset to the school district and to me personally."
"It is my intention to preserve this culture of respect and achievement," said Dr. Bucci, whose four-year contract becomes effective July 1. "Dr. Manley, you have set the bar high. As a team, we will build upon the strong reputation that you, this board, and those who have served before us have worked so hard to establish."
Dr. Bucci earned a doctorate in education from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree in education from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. She also received master's and bachelor's degrees in education from Slippery Rock University.
She previously served as assistant superintendent at New Brighton Area School District and as director of curriculum and instruction.
Dr. Bucci was coordinator of general studies at Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh and was a curriculum specialist, staff development leader and teacher for Rhema Christian School in Moon Township. She also taught at Shenango Elementary School near New Castle.
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