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Four school directors sworn in on Chartiers Valley board

| Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, 4:12 p.m.
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The Chartiers Valley School Board for 2014 includes (back row from left) Jamie Stevenson, Bob Kearney, Alka Patel, Eric Kraemer and Wendy Huntoon; and (front row from left) Tony Mazzarini, Pam Poletti, Julie Murphy and Sandy Zeleznik.

Chartiers Valley welcomed four new school directors to the board Dec. 3 at the district's reorganization meeting.

Tony Mazzarini, of Scott, was sworn in and later elected vice president of the board.

He has one child attending Chartiers Valley and three who have passed through the halls. He said his experience as a business owner, husband, parent and former football coach brings a unique perspective to the board.

Julie Murphy, of Presto, Eric Kraemer, of Scott, and Alka Patel, of Collier, also were sworn in. All three also have children in the district.

Patel, a Chartiers Valley graduate, has two of her three children in the primary school. She said this is her first foray into politics, but doesn't consider her school board seat to be a political position.

“I believe the education of our children should be above politics,” she said.

Kraemer has two children in the high school, and he is president and broker of a real estate investment and consulting firm. This is his first time serving in an elected position.

Murphy has four children in the district and has worked in business for more than two decades. She said she has high expectations not just for her children, but also for the district.

Board member Pam Poletti was re-elected president of the nine-member board for 2014.

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or mguza@tribweb.com.

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