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North Hills superintendent recipient of statewide award

Tony LaRussa
| Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, 6:27 p.m.
Pat Mannarino
Pat Mannarino

The North Hills School District's top administrator has received one of five awards from a statewide educational organization that focuses on supervision and curriculum development.

Superintendent Patrick Mannarino is this year's recipient of the Supervision Award from the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, which is based in York County.

Mannarino started with the district in 2002 as an assistant high school principal and was promoted to associate principal in 2005. He became an assistant superintendant in 2010 and was appointed superintendent in 2012.

Mannarino was nominated for the award by the district's two assistant superintendents, Jeff Taylor and Johannah Vanatta.

“Dr. Mannarino is a highly supportive administrator,” Taylor said. “While working with him, I have been continually impressed with his driving commitment to excellence. He is uncompromising in his quest for quality educational opportunities for all young people. He never loses sight of students and their needs.”

The Supervision Award is given to administrators who demonstrate “involvement and leadership in professional activities (and) programs or projects that have positively impacted schools and students,” according to the organization's award criteria.

“I am truly honored to win this award from an exceptional organization like PASCD, and pleased even more so to be nominated for it by those I work with day in and day out,” Mannarino said. “We strive together each day to provide the best educational opportunities for our students, whether that be creating high-quality professional development plans for our teachers and staff, building curriculum to best educate every student or launching innovative programs. It is truly a team effort at North Hills, and I am proud to work alongside our entire staff.”

Mannarino has led the development of the academic Academies at North Hills High School; the expansion and success of the Advanced Placement, College in High School and Online Academy programs. He also helped to launch the middle school Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) Center; and implement Project Connect, a program to provide technology for district students.

Additionally, he is the superintendent of record for A.W. Beattie Career Center in McCandless, serves on the Forum for Western Pennsylvania School Superintendents, is the board treasurer of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League and serves as the WPIAL's representative to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association.

“Dr. Mannarino has served in many roles in our district, so I have always felt he has a thorough understanding of how our district works and the needs of our students, staff and community members,” said school board President Ed Wielgus. “He does an outstanding job managing the resources that are provided to him, while encouraging and inspiring our staff to always do the best they can for our families.”

Mannarino, 44, earned a doctorate in administration and policy studies from the University of Pittsburgh and completed his graduate and undergraduate studies at Slippery Rock University. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Waynesburg University and Westminster College. He lives in Beaver Falls with his wife Tracey and their three children.

Tony LaRussa is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-772-6368 or tlarussa@tribweb.com.

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