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Komlenic named to open seat in Brentwood schools

| Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, 9:32 p.m.

This seems like the right time for Sarah Komlenic to volunteer to serve as a member of the Brentwood Borough School Board.

Her children are grown. Her degrees are finished.

“It just seems like a good point in my life to do this,” said Komlenic, 50, a Brentwood resident since 1976.

School board members on Monday, in an 8-0 vote, appointed Komlenic to fill an open seat on the board created when five-year member Holly Livingston resigned last month. Livingston's resignation was effective Jan. 6.

Komlenic's term runs through December. The seat, then, will be on the ballot for a two-year opening on the board, district officials said.

The last time a position opened on the Brentwood school board, Komlenic discussed the idea of submitting a letter of interest with her husband. That wasn't the right time, they decided.

But now, when another seat opened, everything seemed right.

Komlenic's two children graduated from Brentwood High School — son, Brennan, in 2005 and daughter, Alaina, in 2008.

“My kids got a great education through Brentwood,” she said.

In 1999, Komlenic received her bachelor's degree in finance from Duquesne University. In 2007, she graduated with her master's of business administration from the school.

A solution consultant at Pitney Bowes Management Services, Komlenic said she hopes to use her background in business and with creating budgets to serve the district.

“I am interested in doing the best possible job for the district,” she said.

Board member Richard Briner is a neighbor of Komlenic's and encouraged her to apply for the open post.

“She's been in business for quite some time and she has a real keen interest in the borough,” he said.

Komlenic is intelligent and gets along well with others, things that made her an ideal candidate for the board, Briner said.

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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