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Members named for Woodland Hills schools committee

Jamie Martines
| Thursday, June 22, 2017, 5:57 p.m.
The Woodland Hills School District administrative building.
The Woodland Hills School District administrative building.

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

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

Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-850-2867, or via Twitter @Jamie_Martines.

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