Brentwood school board member resigns

| Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, 9:02 p.m.

Holly Livingston had a message for her colleagues on Monday as they approved her resignation from the Brentwood Borough School Board:

“I'll be back,” she said, as others on the board urged her to stay.

Time restraints led Livingston, a five-year member of the Brentwood Borough School Board, to resign her post, she said.

Board members, in a unanimous vote, accepted Livingston's resignation — which takes effect Jan. 6 — at their agenda-setting meeting this week.

“Can we convince you otherwise?” board Vice President David Schaap asked before voting.

Others, too, expressed sadness about Livingston's resignation.

“We're going to miss her,” board President Robert Kircher said.

Livingston, 40, said she recently began attending graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh, which created a time conflict for serving on the school board. However, once that assignment is completed, she said she plans to run again.

“It's a time factor…. I'm not leaving under any other circumstances,” she said. “This district is awesome and I'm looking forward to coming back.”

The board has 30 days from Jan. 6 to appoint a Brentwood resident to the vacated seat, Superintendent Ronald Dufalla said.

Livingston was first appointed to serve on the board in 2007, then was re-elected to a four-year term in 2011. The person appointed to fill Livingston's vacated post will serve until November 2013, Dufalla said. Anyone interested in filling Livingston's seat can submit a letter of interest and resume to Brentwood Borough School District Superintendent Ronald Dufalla, 3601 Brownsville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15227, by Dec. 20.


Robert Kircher and David Schaap for the next year will once again serve in the top two roles on the Brentwood Borough School Board.

Kircher, in an 8-0 vote, was reappointed to serve as board president at a organization meeting on Monday. Schaap, in a separate 8-0 vote, was reappointed vice president.

Board member Roger Gaughan was absent for the organization meeting.

Board members also approved Tucker Arensberg P.C. as the district's solicitor for the next year. Board member Gary Topolosky also was appointed as assistant board secretary.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or

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