West Allegheny appoints Pittsburgh schools’ Jerri Lynn Lippert as school superintendent

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West Allegheny School District has appointed Jerri Lynn Lippert, chief academic officer of Pittsburgh Public Schools, as superintendent starting July 1.

The school board tonight voted 6-0, with three members absent, to approve a four-year contract at a starting salary of $155,000 a year.

Ms. Lippert, 41, of Pittsburgh said she looks forward to building relationships in a district that’s smaller than Pittsburgh.

“I just want to thank the board sincerely for selecting me and having the confidence in me being your superintendent,” Ms. Lippert said. “I am very, very excited to be here.”

A replacement for retiring superintendent John DiSanti, she will become the first woman to head West Allegheny, including about 3,260 students in the communities of Findlay, North Fayette and Oakdale.

“During several intensive interviews, it was easy to recognize the confidence, enthusiasm, passion and vision that Dr. Lippert possesses as an educational leader,” West Allegheny school board president Debbie Mirich said in a statement. “I believe she will continue to build on the successes and accomplishments that Dr. DiSanti has brought to our district.”

Ms. Lippert holds a doctorate in education from the University of Pittsburgh. A North Allegheny graduate, she was a high school health and physical education teacher in the Baldwin-Whitehall district before joining Pittsburgh schools 12 years ago.

“This is a well-deserved opportunity for Dr. Lippert,” Superintendent Linda Lane said in a statement. “As the Chief Academic Officer she has led many of our initiatives aimed at accelerating student achievement, including the implementation of a more rigorous PreK-12 curriculum and district-wide professional development. … Dr. Lippert will truly be missed, and we know she will be a great leader for the students and families of the West Allegheny School District.”

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

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