State panel honors Plum school board member

Tom McGough
Tom McGough
| Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 9:01 p.m.

Tom McGough recently turned the tables on fellow Plum School Board members.

Pennsylvania School Boards Association President Marcela Diaz Myers recognized McGough, 57, a board member for 22 years, with a Master School Board accreditation during a March 26 meeting. But McGough was quick to share the spotlight with his colleagues.

“This is a recognition of a team,” said McGough, who compared working with the board to his days playing professional baseball. “This is a recognition of each of you and the previous teams I have served with.”

McGough is the first Plum School Board member to receive the award that is in its fifth year and is given to both school boards and individual members who have excelled in effective governance and meeting the needs of students for the 21st century, according to the PSBA website.

Maureen Grosheider, a member of the North Allegheny School Board, was the other public official in Allegheny County to receive the PSBA accreditation. Other awardees are from Blair, Bradford, Cumberland and Washington counties.

Karen Zapf is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-856-7400 ext. 8753 or

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