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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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Sandy Costantino January 19, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Bob, Thank you for reporting this news, now I know to whom to send an invitation to the B-W Council of PTA 44th Annual Founders' Day Dinner.
bd January 19, 2012 at 03:32 PM
All this B-W school board process proves is that you have to be a Schmotzer ally to be appointed to the board. But the real problem is that the voters keep voting him and his followers into office. Too bad for the communities.
Robert Edward Healy, III January 19, 2012 at 04:36 PM
UPDATE: Quote from Mrs. DiNardo: "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."
Robert Edward Healy, III January 19, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Thanks for the kind words, Lou.
S. Jean Buechel January 19, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Not surprised to see Nancy DiNardo back on the Schmotzer Board. Yes, it does look like her husband held her job while she off the board. Was her reason for stepping down before because she worked in Chelsa Wagner's office? Please, there should be some type of term limit so that others who WANT to serve and have the RIGHT to serve can do so. Yes, I guess now we will see our taxes go up in the district and it will be the same old same old. How long will Nancy be on the board before she steps down again only to have the husband come on board again and we repeat this process? And what was that little dance she did after being sworn in?
S. Jean Buechel January 19, 2012 at 06:02 PM
You are so correct on this ..... why do the voters keep voting in the Schmotzers? It is a shame for the district. And God help you should you disagree with the Schmotzers.
S. Jean Buechel January 19, 2012 at 06:03 PM
It is so wrong.
S. Jean Buechel January 19, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Okay, people of the school district (the voters) Vote these folks OUT when they come up again for a re-election. Remember this. And what areas is John Schmotzer referring to? We need to have these meetings broadcast so that those who cannot make it to the board meetings know what is going on ... perhaps if more saw what goes on over there they will be more informed and vote the club members out.
Robert Cyzynski January 19, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Where were all of you when the elections were held? Several people formed a committee apart from the current crew and not enough of the voters were willing to make a change. Seems people are surprised when the do the same thing over and over again only to get the same results. What was the platform for this current committee voted in? "Lower Taxes Better Education"...already we can strike one initiative off, our taxes are being raised, hold onto your wallets BW residents. It appears less than transparent when no interviews take place for an opening and ND comes ready to serve, name plate in hand and password all ready for her. Ya think they knew the result before it came to motion? Good people were ready and willing to volunteer their time, be trained to serve, put their names and reputations out there for the public and what did they receive in return? Disgusting lies sent to the community by the standing committee. Oh, by the way, did Mr. Rosing ever attend the weekend training for new school board members? Did the district pay for this and has he followed through or is he too, holding a seat for a returning member of the gang?
Steve January 19, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Welcome back Mrs.DiNardo! You were an excellent choice. I attended meetings when you were on the board prior,and feel you have always shown you are for the children and taxpayer. Bloggers say what you want about the woman, but she has proven she is her own person, has her own opinion, and is not afraid to speak her mind on issues. She is not a follower.
Janet January 20, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Steve, I agree with you. I'm glad Nancy DiNardo is back also. I can not believe how some of these people who blog say they care about children, but talk about other people and their families. What are THEY teaching children? At least Nancy has a record of pushing for children. What is everyone else's record? Maybe they don't know the history here, she has always advocated for financial accountability. You guys are pathetic.
LJ January 20, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Hello Janet, Seeing your comment above makes me think you could not figure out the puzzle I left everyone on the last article. Here is another one for ya.....You should not call the kettle black. I really think you should re-read some of your comments. Maybe you should run for school board since you know all the answers. Sounds like your already in. I hope to see your name on the ballot in 2 years!
Janet January 23, 2012 at 05:28 PM
LJ, You think I am on the board? You really should read what you have written. Sounds like you knew exactly who was in the running. Either it's you on the board, or maybe you are someone who would have this information as part of your employment. Pot.
Robert Edward Healy, III January 30, 2012 at 06:05 PM
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.
bd January 30, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Depends. If Federal funds are in any way handled by Wagner's office, it is possible that DiNardo may not be able to run for re-election. Time will tell if anyone chooses to challenge her if she decides to run in 2 years. Or maybe her husband can run again, get elected, resign again, and Nancy could be re-appointed. What a country.
Janet January 31, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Interesting bd, but the same could be said for others who serve too like Ed Moeller who works at the airport authority
bd January 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Janet I don't know about that situation but the Hatch Act has prevented others from running. My comment was also meant to spur some interest in the shenanigans taking place in our communities to keep certain people in the political mix. I know that it did not happen exactly like this but we basically had a husband replace his wife on the board when she resigned only to be replaced by her when he resigned. There was one other prerson in that arrangment to keep it from looking too obvious but he was rewarded for his loyalty. It is as funny as a heart attack.
LJ February 01, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Janet, It's funny when a person makes an intelligent conclusion based on the obvious shenanigans that continually occur on this school board, others will always distort the actual facts. The fact of the matter is, nobody is challenging Mrs. Dinardo being ON the board or her past record, it is the way in which she GOT ON the board. It seemed quite pre-planned. The most obvious FACT that nobody seems to be addressing is that after she was appointed and needed a password, the Technology Director actually stated publicly that her password had already been activated. I cannot believe Mr. Healy didn't include that in this article. At the very least, the board should try to be less obvious. It is an insult to the public. bd, True that. BTW, where is Purple Power?
Robert Edward Healy, III February 01, 2012 at 02:13 AM
LJ, you are 100-percent correct that Mr. Winner, the school district's director of technology, said that Mrs. DiNardo was already in the system. However, Mary Ann Kraus, the board's secretary, said, "No, she's not." You can read into that how you wish. Again, you are right that Winner said that DiNardo was in the system already. But Kraus said something different.
LJ February 01, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Bob, I am not sure you are aware that there were conversations between Mrs. Kraus and Mr. Winner before and after nominations were called and DiNardo was seated. This was very clear to some of those who were sitting in the back of the room. BTW: The main reason why Crowder nominated Kalwarski was because she was the next highest vote getter after Macek in the primary the voters spoke loud and clear. The primary election sets the ballot for the general election which Sam ran unopposed. Crowder’s point was completely missed. Thanks again for your reporting.
Brian Rampolla February 01, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I don't like this process any more than anyone else, but the important question now is what will Nancy DiNardo do with 'her' seat? I know, since you have such large support on the board Nancy, you take the lead in getting the board meetings streamed live. John Schmotzer told the other applicants that he wanted them to stay involved, and there is no better way to encourage involvement then letting more people see exactly what happens at the meetings, what issues are discussed, etc. This increased accessibility is especially important now because of the looming budget issues. Most people probably don't realize that even with the proposed 1 mil tax increase the draft 12-13 budget requires $3.3 million from the fund balance. Is this really the right approach? Using the fund balance will prevent program cuts next year, but continued use of the fund balance will deplete these reserves, then what? How did we even get to this situation when recent pronouncements from the board said we in such good financial condition? These are complex issues and the board should be doing everything they can to make sure the public is fully informed and to encourage public input. Streaming the meetings is a no-brainer so just do it. No excuses.
Lou Rainaldi Jr. February 01, 2012 at 02:18 PM
I agree completely Brian, I think that streaming idea is great. That is something that this board should be doing and find other ways of getting the residents more involved. I personally would like to see some social media involved (beside video). Hearing the board discuss matters with the residents would great improve our district. I moved to this district because I liked the schools, I am very happy so far with them. I am nervous about Harrison though.
Janet February 01, 2012 at 04:54 PM
You all bring up great ideas, and I am still happy to see Mrs. DiNardo back on the board.Time will certainly tell
Billee February 01, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Make school board meeting attendance a PRIORITY for you and your family. Unless you are physically and or mentally disabled which there are already provisions in place to serve you - NO EXCUSES!!! We need to be BEST PARENT SOLUTIONS - Set a goal for your AGENDAS! Try the goal of one school board meeting every nine weeks.
Brian Rampolla February 01, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Lou, if you want to get a feel for the academics at Harrison click on District Report Card under Quick Links on the right side of the district home page, click on Report Card in the top right, then View 2011 Report Card. The report card shows good performance in reading and math from 6th through 8th grade, although there is a drop in science from the elementary schools. My big concern is a leveling off in reading and big drops in in science and math for the 11th grade scores. Is this an indication of problems at the high school? I don't know, but this is exactly the question this board needs to be continuously asking. Unfortunately, it's clear to me they will not do this on their own, so it's going to take pressure from everyone in the community to monitor the Report Card results and make this board, and the administration and teachers, accountable for the district performance. The Report Card results, by the way, are based on the PSSA test results, which are in turn used by the Pittsburgh Business Times to rank the 104 districts in SW PA. We can make all the DVD's we want about the district, but more and more people are using objective data such as the PSSA results and the PBT rankings to choose the school districts for their kids.
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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