Sam DiNardo Resigns from B-W School Board; Two-Year Seat Open

DiNardo won election to the board in November.

Though he recently swore into a two-year term on the Baldwin-Whitehall School Board during a , Sam DiNardo Jr. has resigned from the board, effective Dec. 22. The reason for his resignation is unavailable at this time.

DiNardo first joined the B-W School Board in February 2011 when he was . He then .

DiNardo is the husband of former B-W School Board member Nancy Sciulli DiNardo, whose resignation for personal reasons in September 2010 opened a place for former board member to fill Sciulli DiNardo's seat the next month. Palmiere then resigned in January 2011 to join the Allegheny County Council.

Technically, Sam DiNardo filled the seat vacated by formber board member , who left the board in January 2011, as well, to focus on a new business venture.

Sam's full name is Sabatino DiNardo Jr. He was 46 when he first joined the board. He resides on Page Drive in and is a finance secretary for Amalgamated Transit Union Local 85. He has been an officer of the union for 13 years.

"I take care of the pension plan and the health care for everyone who works at the Port Authority," he said in February. "Those are my members—all the bus drivers, trolley operators, the service people."

The B-W School Board is now seeking someone to complete the remainder of DiNardo's two-year term. Any interested residents of Baldwin Borough, or may submit an application and a letter of intent to Board Secretary Mary Ann Kraus at 4900 Curry Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15236 no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11.

An application form can be obtained on the Baldwin-Whitehall website at www.bwschools.net or by calling 412-884-6300, ext. 7241. (A form is also available along with this article—just beneath the photo of DiNardo.)

The board will review applicants for DiNardo's seat just as it did for Palmiere's and Egger's seats when DiNardo and former board member Laurencine Romack were appointed in February.

In years past, the board has not opened some seats up for public application. For example, when Palmiere was appointed to the board in late 2010 following Sciulli DiNardo's resignation, there was no public application process.

Also, former board member Martin Michael Schmotzer was appointed to the board in November 2007 without a public application process because he had earned the most votes out of all non-elected board candidates in that time's most recent local election. The resignation of board member Jane W. Hunnewell opened that spot for Schmotzer.


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Purple Power January 03, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Looks like MMS was right, Romack will be back!
bd January 03, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Purp, The Voters soundly rejected Romack in the Primary. However, you are probably correct in that the board majority will bring Romack back in spite of her election rejection. Another slap in the face to the voters.
LJ January 03, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Sorry you guys are not connecting the dots...... it is Nancy DiNardo. If you really read Bob's article, it should go to the next hightest vote getter considering that is what was done in 2007. I am confused why it is going back out to the public for application.
Janet January 04, 2012 at 02:36 AM
LJ, you have me confused. It's my understanding Nancy DiNardo resigned from the school board due to new employment, which would have been a conflict of interest. Could you please explain where your theory comes into play then?
Purple Power January 04, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Did a little more research so deleted my last comment, but Nancy DiNardo, who did not run in the last election, did resign her seat because of a Hatch Act conflict. I don't see how the dots connect when she wasn't a candidate. In the past there has been no precedent as the board once or twice took the next highest vote getter as the replacement, advertised to the public and once just appointed without advertising. My understanding is the next highest vote getter has been soundly rejected more than twice by voters, so...


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