School board swears in new members
Dr. Regina B. Holley was sworn-in at the December meeting of the Pittsburgh Board of Education as the newly elected District 2 representative.
As the board's District 2 Representative, Dr. Holley will serve the Spring Hill, East Allegheny, Polish Hill, Morningside, Spring Garden, Washington's Landing, Strip District, Highland Park, Troy Hill, Lawrenceville, Stanton Heights areas of the city. Dr. Holley joined fellow re-elected board members Mark Brentley Sr. (District 8), Sherry Hazuda (District 6) and William Isler (District 5) in taking the Oath of Office administered by Judge Joseph K. Williams III at the board's Organization Meeting.
Dr. Holley, of Highland Park, a long-time educator and school leader retired in 2010 after 35 years with the Pittsburgh Public Schools. She began her career in 1974 at Pittsburgh Carmalt as a special education teacher. During her 13 years at Carmalt she received her PhD in Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Pittsburgh.
On July 1, 1994 she was appointed principal of Pittsburgh Lincoln after serving two years as the school's acting principal. She held the role of principal at Pittsburgh Lincoln for 16 years until her retirement in 2010. In 2008, Dr. Holley received the first University of Pittsburgh Alumni Educator Award for K-12 Educational Excellence. Dr. Holley's term with the board expires in 2015.
In addition to the Swearing-In Ceremony, the board elected officers for the 2012 fiscal year. Current board president Sherry Hazuda was re-elected to serve as president. Sharene Shealey was re-elected first-vice president and Thomas Sumpter was re-elected second-vice president.
The board also elected Superintendent Linda S. Lane as secretary of the board, along with four assistant secretaries, a school treasurer and deputy school treasurer.
The Public School Code of 1949 requires that the directors of all school districts hold an organization meeting to elect various officers for the forthcoming fiscal year. A majority vote of all the directors is required for election to any office.
Sherry Hazuda was first elected to represent District 6 in 2007. Ms. Hazuda currently serves as the chair of Board Effectiveness and Communications & Marketing committees. She additionally represents the board as the Title I liaison. She is the mother of four and grandmother of two children. She is a resident of Beechview employed by a health care organization.
Sharene Shealey was first elected to represent District 1 in 2009. Ms. Shealey is chair of the Negotiations Committee, a member of the Education Committee and represents the board as liaison to the Right to Education Task Force. Ms. Shealey is a resident of North Point Breeze and is employed as a Chemical Engineer. She is the mother of four children.
Thomas Sumpter was first elected to represent District 3 in 2005 and served as First Vice-President since 2009. Prior to serving as first vice-president, Mr. Sumpter was elected second vice-president in 2008. Mr. Sumpter has chaired the board's Education Committee. He has also served on the Negotiations, Government and Ad Hoc committees and has represented the board at the Pennsylvania School Boards Association and Head Start Policy Council. He is married and the father of one child.