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Angotti reappointed president of WJH school board

| Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, 9:00 p.m.

Anthony Angotti once again will serve in the top role on the West Jefferson Hills School Board.

Angotti, 51, of Jefferson Hills, was appointed board president for the second consecutive year in a unanimous vote at a reorganization meeting.

“I'm humbled and honored. It's a privilege and an honor to serve the board,” Angotti said.

Board members also approved the appointment of Shauna D'Alessandro and Carolyn Bourgeois to serve as vice presidents of the school board, both in unanimous votes.

D'Alessandro has served as either president and vice president of the board for several years. This is Bourgeois' first time holding an officer post since being elected to the board in 2009.

Yet, titles are just that on the West Jefferson Hills school board, Angotti stressed as he addressed his colleagues last week.

“Although we are required in our by-laws to elect officers, I will tell you that this board does not look at titles, as we are a unified board of 10 that clearly understands its mission, and that is to serve our children and our citizens,” he said. “There is only one title that has any importance in this district, and that is the title of ‘student.' They rule.”

Board members at the reorganization meeting also appointed First National Bank as the depository of district funds through June 30, 2013. The district previously used Huntington Bank, Angotti said.

Budget stance

West Jefferson Hills School Board members, in a unanimous vote at their regular meeting last week, approved a motion urging congress and the federal administration to mitigate across-the-board cuts to education that are scheduled to occur in January.

“It's encouraging them to look at (the budget) very hard,” Angotti said.

FirstEnergy

A “friends and family” discount from a national service provider could net a savings in energy bills for local school districts, including West Jefferson Hills.

Board members, in a unanimous vote last week, approved participation in the FirstEnergy Friends and Family Revenue Sharing Initiative for school entities.

There is no cost to the district to participate and any funds received from the district's involvement will go to the Foundation for Education.

The program, coordinated through the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, in conjunction with FirstEnergy and the Western Pennsylvania Electricity Consortium, provides a discounted rate on energy bills for those who switch their energy supplier to FirstEnergy, while giving the selected school district $10 for each enrollment.

Brentwood Borough School District also approved participation in this program in November.

The district's administration will advertise the plan to the community, through various outlets, including the district website, www.wjhsd.net, Angotti said.

“The savings will vary,” he said. “It's worth a look to check it out and see if you'll save.”

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

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