Share This Page

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.

Reorganization

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 shacke@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.