Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

School Board VP Removed from Post

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

School Board VP Removed from Post

Article excerpt

West Jefferson Hills school board Tuesday removed Shauna D'Alessandro as first vice president of the board, a move that board President Anthony Angotti described as "nothing more than the board holding its members accountable for their actions."

The removal came one week after Mrs. D'Alessandro was removed as chairwoman of the finance committee and board member Marianne Neel was removed as chairwoman of the education/technology committee at the behest of the board.

The vote Tuesday to remove Mrs. D'Alessandro as first vice president was 7-2, with Mrs. D'Alessandro and Mrs. Neel dissenting.

The vote was taken after board member Darlene Schreiber read a prepared statement at the meeting that said Mrs. D'Alessandro had violated the values of the district.

When Anita Barkin, a member of the audience, asked for examples of Mrs. D'Alessandro's infractions, Mr. Angotti said she had told a news reporter how many administrators had supported the choice of Christopher Sefcheck as high school principal. Mr. Sefcheck was hired last month. Mr. Angotti said that information had been discussed in a private session.

He also said Mrs. D'Alessandro and Mrs. Neel met with District Judge Guy Reschenthaler in July to talk about a possible truancy prevention program for the district and did not share information from that meeting with the board or with district superintendent Michael Panza.

Mrs. Neel was chairwoman and Mrs. D'Alessandro was a member of the education/technology committee, which was assigned the truancy program.

"The board operates up front and open," Mr. Angotti said Tuesday. "It is not handled by one or two."

Mrs. D'Alessandro called the charges "trumped up" and said a conversation she had with the legal department of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association confirmed that none of her actions were violations.

Mrs. Neel said the discussion with the district judge was not a "meeting" and that the attorney she spoke with said it was permitted.

Mrs. …

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