Members named for Woodland Hills schools committee
The Woodland Hills School District Commission on Youth Development and Learning on Thursday announced the members of the newly-formed group.
The 20-member commission includes parents, clergy members, local business owners, law enforcement officials and elected local government officials. A full list is included below.
Two co-chairs were named earlier this month : Karen Farmer White, education advocate and a former vice president of education at WQED Multimedia; and Jerry Zahorchak, a retired superintendent and former Pennsylvania education secretary from 2006-2010.
State Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills, has also agreed to serve on the commission.
The commission has five focus areas: student equity, diversity, relationship- and community-building, school climate and graduation rates.
The commission will review disciplinary policies and procedures at schools district-wide over the summer and make recommendations to district administrators in August. The commission is expected to begin meeting in the coming weeks.
Community members can email members at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the Woodland Hills School District Commission on Youth Development and Learning are:
• Dr. Jerry Zahorchak, co-chair; former Pennsylvania Secretary of Education
• Karen Farmer-White, co-chair; community activist and member of State Board of Education
• Rev. Robert Tedder, chairman/executive director, Reach Up, Inc.
• Rev. Richard Freeman, Sr., MSPC, Resurrection Baptist Church, Braddock
• Rev. Richard Wingfield, Unity Baptist Church, Braddock; president of Greater Braddock Ministerial Association
• Bernard McClelland, retired behavior specialist, Intermediate School; community activist
• Lee Davis, alumni; entrepreneur
• Bahiyyah Jefferson, parent
• Larry Jefferson, parent
• Rian Wooten, alumni; Rankin police chief
• Thomas Caulfield, magisterial district judge
• William H. Price III, Rankin council president
• Anne Countouris, parent and owner of Drew's Family Restaurant, Forest Hills
• Summer Lee, alumni, civil rights attorney, activist
• State Sen. Jay Costa, D-Forest Hills
• Tina Doose, parent; Braddock council president
• Dr. James Huguley, assistant professor, University of Pittsburgh Center on Race and Social Problems, School of Social Work
• Gerald Smith, NAACP Eastern Region
• Jacquetta Rawlings, parent
• Ellis Watson, Swissvale assistant police chief
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