Randazzo Named KO Board President, Receives State Award

The Keystone Oaks School Board reorganization meeting was Thursday, Dec. 6.

The Keystone Oaks School Board held its annual reorganization meeting Thursday evening, Dec. 6, and now has both a new president and a new vice president.

School board members Marian Randazzo and Dan Domalik were nominated for the position of president, and Randazzo won by a vote of 5-4.

“I want to thank the board for their votes,” she said. “It is my honor to serve the board in this way next year.”

Randazzo has been a school board member for 12 years and also was recognized Thursday evening with the Honor Role of School Board Service award from the Pennsylvania School Board Association.

“One of the positive things about being a school board member is the people you meet along the way,” Randazzo said. “There have been so many great teachers, superintendents and residents that I’ve met in the community.  It makes you a well-rounded person. To give back to your community is, many times, a wonderful thing and I encourage people to give their time to the community. It’s something you get a lot out of.”

Domalik and Gary Alward, who served as school board president in 2012, were nominated for the position of vice president. Alward won by a 5-4 vote.

Alward will maintain his roles as the board representative to South Hills Area School District Association (SHASDA) and to Parkway West Career and Technology Center.

Board member Raeann Lindsey will serve as the board representative to Pennsylvania School Boards Association. Randazzo was the former PSBA representative.

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Mary Ellen MacPherson December 07, 2012 at 10:47 PM
Congratulations to Mrs. Randazzo for her commitment to the Keystone Oaks School district. She has served effectively with intelligence and civility, setting an example for all of us to follow.
Robert McKenna December 09, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Wonderful news! Congratulations to Mrs. Randazzo! I couldn't agree more with Mrs. MacPherson's comment. Mrs. Randazzo has always conducted herself with dignity and class even when being attacked by 2 or 3 radical residents. Very professional and puts the DISTRICT'S needs above all others. I would also like to congratulate the board members who had the courage to vote for Mrs. Randazzo. Their vote demonstrates a genuine committment to the students of KO - a committment to the DISTRICT over any one community or some fringe radical group.
Jerry Proctor December 12, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Yes, congratulations is in order. Mrs. Randazzo has been volunteering her time for many, many years at KO and for that, we thank her. She is truly a class act. There are many in the community and on the school board that could learn much by observing her.
Ken McRoberts December 12, 2012 at 08:36 PM
McKenna's got a point. Ever see how radical Tom Nee gets? There was that one meeting where he was yelling about ear wax and I thought steam was gonna come out his ears. Now that Randazzo is the Pres maybe she will get something done like closing all the buildings and hiding information from the public. That’s what we got from her before. She may be on to something though. Perhaps what we need is fewer radicals and more mainstream board members who drove this school district to the brink of bankruptcy. Good Show Robert! Good Show May Ellen! Good Show Randazzo!
Mike Johns December 13, 2012 at 11:55 PM
From what I've seen, Mrs. Randazzo has the right demeanor to serve as president. As I recall, she's been borad president before so she obviously has the respect of the majority of her fellow board members. They probably know her better than any of us here. I also like the fact that I've never seen her on Facebook posting negative comments about KO like a couple of our other seated board members. Good luck Mrs. Randazzo.
Jerry L Searles April 03, 2013 at 06:47 PM
From what I have seen and herd ( I do not go to school board or Castle Shannon council meetings ) the only two that stir up trouble on the board are the two from green tree. If it does not go their way then your on the outs. Them two think like our Mayor, spend till its gone and just rise more taxes. That would be called tax and spend liberal democrats. I know it is hard for a Democrat to understand that the higher the taxes the less people will stay here. From what I have heard, the board is getting pretty stable. Now if we could all agree on closing some schools, we mite be able to keep people and bring in new ones. Jerry L Searles Castle shannon
Mike April 04, 2013 at 12:51 PM
I find it ironic that this misspelled masterpiece is commenting on an issue involving education. Sadly, it shows that the education system failed some people. At least "tax and spend liberal democrats" can put together a sentence and spell it properly.
Jerry L Searles April 04, 2013 at 06:42 PM
You are absolute right Mike! My spelling and grammar are bad. The road I traveled to get to this point was the school of hard knocks and hard work. My bad grammar and spelling in referring to the school board, must have struck a nerve. You commented! When you are ready to discuss issues about taxes and closing schools, I'll be around.
Mike April 04, 2013 at 08:16 PM
I'll start by saying that I don't have kids and I didn't go to school around here. I think the school district should close whatever buildings that they need to close. A few years back, I had someone knock on my door asking me to support their efforts to keep all schools open. Yeah, I'm going to pay higher school taxes so your kid doesn't have to be inconvenienced. I told him that I wouldn't support that idea. He was appalled and actually said, "What about the children?" I laughed and shut the door.


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