The Pittsburgh Public School District has a new board president and could soon have a successor to Superintendent Mark Roosevelt.
Board of Education members voted 8-1 to elect Sherry Hazuda as the new president succeeding Theresa Colzizzi who nominated Hazuda. The lone "no" vote came from Mark Brentley. Hazuda is retired from Verizon and now works in the health care industry.
She told DUQ News that the priority for the board is hiring a replacement for Mark Roosevelt who leaves December 31st as superintendent to become the new president of Antioch College in Ohio.
Hazuda says they've sought public input....."We have listened to them. I think they'll be happy when we announce the new superintendent."
Asked when that announcement might be she said "Shortly, I'm sorry I can't say more...we are in the intricacies of negotiations."
But she said the board wants the new superintendent to follow through on some of Roosevelt's major initiatives...."Certainly we need to review them and take a status of everything we have going on. But we're pretty much supporting the initiatives and taking them a little bit deeper. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but it will be along the same lines."
Hazuda says the district must continue to deal with the issue of underutilized buildings and they continue to hold meetings in communities where they are looking at closing some buildings....
"As much as we need to ensure the success of our students, we do have a financial obligation to the taxpayers of the city of Pittsburgh. So, our decisions have to be fiscally responsible."