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Board of Education under new leadership


Last updated 12/10/2012 at 4:28pm

At this month’s meeting, the board elected officers for the 2013 fiscal year. Sharene Shealey was elected the board’s new president. Ms. Shealey, a mother of three Pittsburgh Public Schools students, previously held the title of first vice president. she joins Thomas Sumpter, the newly elected first vice president, and William Isler who is now the second vice president.

The Public School Code of 1949 requires 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.

Ms. Shealey was first elected to represent District 1 in 2009. she served as Negotiations Committee chairperson, Education Committee chairperson, Right to Education Task Force Liaison and Air Quality Control specialist.

She is a resident of North Point Breeze, is employed as a Chemical Engineer and the mother of three children.

Mr. Sumpter was first elected to represent District 3 in 2005 and served as both first and second vice president. He has chaired the board’s Education Committee, Information and Technology Committee and the Board Effectiveness 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.

A retiree, Mr. Sumpter is a married father of two Pittsburgh Public Schools graduates.

Mr. Isler was first elected to the board back in 1999 as the District 4 representative. Since that time, he has served as board president as well as chairperson for the Marketing and Communications Committee, the Policy Manual Committee and the Government Relations Committee. He has also represented the board as a Council of the Great City Schools Delegate.

He has served as a Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees Liaison and currently is employed as the Fred Rogers Company president. He is the father of one child who is a Pittsburgh Public Schools graduate.

Mr. Isler began his career as a teacher and administrator. He then joined the Pennsylvania Department of Education, where he served as commissioner of Basic Education and Senior Program Advisor for Early Childhood Education.


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