Riverview school board has new members, new leadership - Plum

Riverview school board has new members, new leadership

Saturday, December 7, 2019 | 9:01 AM

Riverview school board has new members and new leadership.

Political newcomers Jennifer Chaparro, Jane Miller and Melanie Pallone were sworn in to four-year seats while incumbent Maureen McClure was sworn in to her third term at a reorganization meeting Thursday.

They were sworn in by district Business Manger Tammy Good.

Board member Lisa Ashbaugh, who will enter her 10th year on the panel, was appointed board president. Fellow school director Jeanine Hurt-Robinson was named vice president.

Both votes were 8-0 with Tara Jean Schaaf absent.

Schaaf, who also won in the November election, will be sworn in to her first four-year term at a later date. She was appointed to the board in December 2018.

Board members adjourned the reorganization meeting and went into their regular voting session, where they accepted the resignation of Freda Aughenbaugh from her elected post. She had two years left on her term.

School directors unanimously appointed Brian Hawk, who was narrowly defeated by Pallone by four votes, to fill Aughenbaugh’s unexpired term.

Board members said Hawk’s close election campaign warranted him a shot on the board instead of posting the vacant position. He will also be sworn in at a later date.

Chaparro said she’s excited to work with her colleagues and for Oakmont and Verona families.

“I will examine where we can add additional support to areas that have been affected by cuts and continue to market our district to grow student population,” she said. “I look forward to working with staff and administration to bolster all positive work they do to benefit our students every day.”

Superintendent Peggy DiNinno welcomed the new elected leaders and incumbents and expressed joy in the district’s future.

“I look forward to working together with the new school board as we continue create one of the most academically competitive public school district’s in Allegheny County,” DiNinno said. “I am confident that we will continue to commit ourselves to the success of the every Riverview student.”