Seneca Valley school board appoints new member

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The Seneca Valley school board finally has its ninth member.

School board members appointed Kathy Whittle, 48, of Seven Fields to the board tonight to replace Kelly Kopera. Ms. Kopera resigned in early November for health reasons.

Ms. Whittle will represent Region 7 of the school district, which covers Seven Fields and Evans City, through the end of 2015.

She was elected in a 7-1 vote.

Ms. Whittle and Mark Kline of Evans City were both seeking the vacant seat. Both candidates were interviewed at length during the meeting.

School board President Eric DiTullio voted for Mr. Kline and board members Robert Hill, James Nickel, James Welsh, Reid Moon, Fred Peterson, Timothy Hester and Jeanette Lahm voted for Ms. Whittle.

Ms. Whittle was immediately sworn in to the post.

Ms. Whittle told board members during her interview that she wanted to serve on the school board because she has been volunteering in the district for the past 10 years as her two daughters have attended Seneca Valley. Both are now in the secondary schools and there are fewer parent volunteer opportunities and she was seeking a new way to participate in the district.

Ms. Whittle grew up in Penn Hills and attended American University in Washington, D.C. After college, she worked in corporate level retail and franchise development in Atlanta before moving to Seven Fields.

Laure Cioffi, freelance writer:

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