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Bucci steps down as P-R leader

| Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, 10:36 p.m.
Pine Creek Journal
Mary Bucci
Pine Creek Journal
School Board: Stephen Hawbaker, back left, Dennis Sundo, Dr. Jeffrey Banyas, Therese Dawson, Virginia Goebel, front left, Peter Lyons, Katie Shogan and Marc Casciani. School director Laura Ohlund was not available for photo.

Mary Bucci is resigning from her post as superintendent of the Pine-Richland School District.

Bucci's last day of work will be Jan. 8.

The Pine-Richland School Board unanimously accepted Bucci's resignation letter — dated Nov. 26 — during the board's Dec. 3 reorganizational meeting.

“This letter is notice of my intent to resign from my position as superintendent of schools for Pine-Richland School District at the close of business on Jan. 8, 2013,” Bucci wrote. “I will be retiring from public education at that time.”

School director Peter Lyons, the board's newly elected president, announced Bucci's departure at the Dec. 3 meeting.

Lyons made the motion to accept Bucci's resignation, with thanks “for her long service to public education, and wishing her well in retirement.”

School director Dennis Sundo seconded the motion.

Bucci, 64, of Cranberry, joined the Pine-Richland School District in 2007 as an assistant superintendent. She became superintendent in 2009.

Bucci previously worked for the New Brighton School District in Beaver County.

“I am seeking other ways to serve,” Bucci said after submitting her letter of resignation.

In October, Pine-Richland School Board voted 5-3 to seek candidates to replace Bucci, whose contract was set to expire June 30.

Last month, the board voted to hire the Pennsylvania School Boards Association for help with its search for a new superintendent.

“The board will begin mapping out a plan for moving forward following this meeting,” Lyons announced at the Dec. 3 meeting.

Board reorganizes

The school directors cast two votes at the reorganizational meeting before choosing Lyons to replace Stephen Hawbaker as the board's new president. Also nominated were Dr. Jeffrey Banyas and Dennis Sundo.

Lyons is an institutional fixed income portfolio manager for BNY Mellon.

Hawbaker, manager of financial and accounting operations for Allegheny Financial Group and Allegheny Investments, has been president or vice president of the school board for eight of his 11 years on the board.

Banyas, an ear, nose and throat specialist, is the school board's re-elected vice president. Also nominated was Laura Ohlund.

The board re-appointed Therese Dawson as its legislative representative to the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.

Hawbaker was appointed to a two-year term as the school district's representative to the Northern Area Special Purpose Schools Joint Committee.

Marc Casciani was appointed to represent the district on the Pine Township Parks & Recreation Board.

The board also re-appointed the law firm Goehring, Rutter and Boehm as solicitor for Pine-Richland School District through March 31.

Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or ddeasy@tribweb.com.

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