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Riverview School Director Jon Nehlsen resigns, district looks for replacement

Michael DiVittorio
| Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, 7:57 p.m.
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Riverview School Director Jon Nehlsen has resigned.

The board accepted his resignation Monday .

District officials posted information about the vacancy Tuesday on its Facebook page and on the school board section of the district’s website, rsd.k12.pa.us.

Nehlsen said he had to step down from his elected post for personal reasons.

“I am really disappointed to step away from the board,” said Nehlsen via email. “We had some family medical issues to attend to and it was not possible to give the school district the attention it deserves. There are many good people on that board and in that district who will be friends for life, and I will miss them very much.”

Board President Maureen McClure said Nehlsen was a great asset to the district and will be missed.

“I thought Jon was terrific,” she said. “He had a long-term view. He didn’t always agree with many of my colleagues who are more shorter-term focused, but he was always into trying to get projections and forecasts for what the district would look like in a few years and what needs to happen. He was very good.”

Nehlsen is the founder of J&C Capital, a residential real estate development firm. He also serves as an associate dean at Carnegie Mellon University.

This was his first term on the school board. He served as its finance committee chairman.

Nehlsen has a YouTube channel . Both videos posted to the channel focused on district finances.

His term was set to expire at the end of 2019.

The board has 30 days to fill the vacancy. Residents could petition Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas to appoint someone to the board should the post remain vacant after that.

Letters of interest and resumes should be submitted by noon Nov. 20 to the district’s administration office, 701 Tenth St. in Oakmont.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, of good moral character and a resident of the district for at least one year prior to the date of election or appointment, according to the district’s post.

Interviews are expected to take place during a special meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 in the Tenth Street Elementary School library.

The board plans to fill the vacancy at its Dec. 3 reorganization meeting.

McClure has a message for potential candidates.

“Please be interested in running for office in the spring,” she said.

Whomever gets appointed would have to run in the May primary in order to keep the seat in 2020.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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