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.
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