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North Hills board undergoes overhaul

| Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
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North Hills School Board members who were sworn in Dec. 3, 2013 are (from left) Joe Muha, Kathy Reid, Annette Giovengo Nolish and Michael Yeomans. Reid was re-elected in November. The others are new board members.

The North Hills School Board has new leaders and three new members.

The board unanimously elected Edward Wielgus as board president at its reorganization meeting Dec. 3. Board members elected Louis Nudi as vice president with a 7-2 vote. Board members Arlene Bender and Kathy Reid dissented.

Wielgus replaces outgoing board president Timothy Burnett, who did not seek re-election to the school board. Nudi replaces Thomas Kelly, who lost the primary election in the spring.

Both the president and vice president serve one-year terms.

Wielgus has been on the board since 1997 and previously served as president in 2004 and from 2008 to 2010. This is Nudi's first term as vice president.

Newly elected school board members Annette Giovengo Nolish, Joe Muha and Michael Yeomans and Reid — who was re-elected in November — began their four-year terms at the start of the meeting, when they were sworn into office by District Judge Richard Opiela.

Opiela reminded board members that they are “the beginning and ending lines of the good things that we see and the bad things that we see in society,” and praised the work they do.

Reid's two grandsons, Mason Metz and Brady Metz, a first-grader and fourth-grader, respectively, at the district's Ross Elementary School, accompanied her as she was sworn in.

“This is why I'm doing this,” Reid said, “for the kids.”

Nolish, Muha and Yeomans will replace outgoing school board members Burnett, Kelly and Sharon Schrim, who lost the November election.

The board also approved the 2014 meeting calendar, which will move meetings from Monday to Thursday. Meetings generally are scheduled for the first and third Thursdays of the month, with some exceptions. All public meetings are scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. in the large-group-instruction room in North Hills Middle School, 55 Rochester Road, Ross Township.

Kelsey Shea is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at kshea@tribweb.com or at 724-772-6353.

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