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UPDATE: Nancy Sciulli DiNardo Replaces Her Husband on Baldwin-Whitehall School Board

Nancy DiNardo set to fill the remainder of Sam DiNardo Jr.'s two-year term.

The Baldwin-Whitehall School Board appointed Nancy Sciulli DiNardo at a board meeting on Wednesday night to fill the two-year seat vacated by Sam DiNardo Jr., who on Dec. 22.

Sciulli DiNardo, Sam's wife and a former board member, earned the appointment by a 6-2 vote and immediately swore into the position under District Magistrate John N. Bova. She was the first person to be nominated for the vacancy on Wednesday in a vote immediately following the board's official acceptance of DiNardo's resignation.

Board member George L. Pry nominated Sciulli DiNardo. Board members Nancy Lee Crowder and Tracy Macek cast the "no" votes.

The reason for Sam DiNardo's resignation—which was accepted unanimously—was never given, as were all but one of the other names being considered to fill his seat.

Residents of , and had from Jan. 3 to Jan. 11 to apply for Sam DiNardo's seat.

Unlike the board's , the board's president—John B. Schmotzer this time— but to review them personally and to discuss them only once in public, just before the appointment was made.

Crowder nominated to fill Sam DiNardo's seat after Pry nominated Sciulli DiNardo, but since Sciulli DiNardo received enough votes to be appointed, Crowder's nomination of Kalwarski was never voted on.

Sciulli DiNardo, 43, was first elected to the B-W School Board in 2005 and resigned in September 2010.

"It's good to be back," Sciulli DiNardo said on Wednesday. "Thank you very much for having me. Thank you for all those (board members) who voted for me.

"I think I've always been an advocate for children on this board. I've always been an advocate for accountability at the teacher level and at the administrative level, so thank you for welcoming me back. And I promise to continue to fight for those issues as well as for the issues that the residents of these three communities face."

UPDATE: Paul Hayhurst Sr., Richard J. Kirsch, Dennis P. Lavelle, Bryan O'Black, Jerry Pantone, Fred Vella and former board member Laurencine Romack were the other people to apply for the vacancy, but no one nominated them.

UPDATE: Sciulli DiNardo said that she resigned from the B-W School Board in 2010 to accept a position with the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas and that holding that common pleas position does not allow for her, by law, to be on a school board at the same time. She resigned from the court of common pleas at the end of December 2011, and as of Jan. 2, 2012, she has been an administrative director for Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner. Sciulli DiNardo is allowed to serve, by law, on the school board and for the county controller at the same time, she said.

Thoughts on the appointment? The process? Share them in the comments section below.

And check back with the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch later on Wednesday night and on Thursday for more odds and ends from Wednesday's school board meeting.

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bd February 01, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Lou and Brian - Why the importance on streaming video? Do you have hope that more people will watch the goings on of the school board? Sorry but I do not believe that the majority of people would be enlightened. They will simply continue to believe the garbage campaign flyers that will go negative on the non-Schmotzer candidates. Streaming video will not cure the problem. Plus, if people were truly interested, they would show up in person for school board meetings. They should care to see who is making the decisions that literally cost them thousands of dollars every year just for the privelage of staying in their homes for another year. And, the district education results are medicre at best. Yet they don't go to meetings so I do not see these same people bothering to watch a video stream of these ridiculous, staged school board meetings.
Lou Rainaldi Jr. February 01, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Billee, I think you make a very good point about setting a goal to attend. Not all people are able to attend the meetings because of work conflicts also. I have attended a few and they seem to go well into the night. But, I do like your point about making a goal to attend one every nine weeks at least, that is a very good point suggestion. BD, you may be right about the amount that will watch and be involved, but with the social web more people are involved in more causes now because of these technologies. I would be interested in knowing what the response other school boards have had with streamed or recorded meetings. So far I have been very happy with all of the teachers and administrators my children have had so far in our district and am very encouraged moving forward. I would like to see a way of having more involvement with the district, I am involved with the school and teachers but would like to be more involved with the district that is responsible for governing how our children are being educated.
Robert Edward Healy, III February 02, 2012 at 09:14 PM
As an FYI, folks, I've learned that Nancy Sciulli DiNardo was "in the system" before she was appointed to the board on Jan. 18 because she had previously served on the board. Removing her from the online board voting process would have removed her voting history. I will assume that Mr. Winner was referring to that instead of any collusion.
bd February 03, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Bob - So this would apply to all others who have voted via the computer system but have left the board for whatever the reason? So, if someone wanted to fill out a Freedom of Information application, they could check on whether Stiffey, Romack, the other DiNardo and Palmiere are still in the system like Nancy. That would tell if this was a convenient aberration or not.
Robert Edward Healy, III February 03, 2012 at 03:45 PM
bd, I would imagine so.

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