Pine-Richland hires two assistant superintendents

Pine-Richland hires two assistant superintendents

by Kristy Locklin
Staff Writer

Pine Creek Journal

April 25, 2007



After a lengthy search, Pine-Richland School District welcomed two assistant superintendents to its administrative team last week.

The hiring of Dr. Mary Bucci and Dr. Bille Pearce Rondinelli was unanimously approved by the school board at its meeting on April 17.

"We were looking for the best," Superintendent Dr. James Manley said. "We were looking for people who could come into this school district and help us keep the momentum going."

Bucci, who will start on May 1 as elementary assistant superintendent, has played many roles in the education system. She was a teacher at Shenango Elementary in New Castle, Pa., served as coordinator of general studies at the Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh and wore three hats at Rhema Christian School in Moon Township -- curriculum specialist, staff development leader and teacher.

She is finishing up her work as assistant superintendent at New Brighton Area School District, where she was responsible for many areas including the K-12 academic program, curriculum and instruction.

Bucci earned a doctorate in education from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master of Arts in education from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va., and bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Slippery Rock University.

The new employee was accompanied by her husband, Rick, and their three, adult children.

"I'm excited to join the team at Pine-Richland," Bucci said. "This is a premier school district. It is a privilege to join the staff that provides a world-class education to our students and their families." Rondinelli, who starts her Pine-Richland career on July 1 as secondary assistant superintendent, also has a rich, academic background.

After earning a doctorate in education from the University of Pittsburgh and Master of Education and Bachelor of Arts from Westminster College, she served as a college reading instructor at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, supervisor of a summer reading program at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., and an English and reading instructor at Shenango Area School District, where she later became a teacher and chairwoman of the high school's English department.

Rondinelli's resume also lists positions such as high school reading in-structor and specialist in Mentor, Ohio, and assistant principal at Thomas Jeff-erson Middle School in the Mt. Lebanon School District.

Her latest role was secondary assistant superintendent at Moon Area School District where she acted as the director of K-12 curriculum.

"I want to thank the Pine-Richland Board of Directors, Dr. James Manley, Tony DiTommaso and all who served on the interview team," Rondinelli said. "I am enthusiastic about this opportunity and look forward to working collegially with staff, students and the community."

She also recognized her husband, Frank, and their three, adult children.

The district hired Bucci and Rondinelli to fill the shoes of Assistant Superintendent Dr. Robert L. Johnson, who will retire in June after 38 years in education, 17 of which were spent at Pine-Richland.

Manley also plans to retire within the next two years.

"Pine-Richland School District is very fortunate to have two highly capable assistant superintendents," Manley said. "This will be a tremendous help as we strive to be the best school district in the country."

The transition process began in December when the district put a call out for an assistant superintendent.

There were 26 applications received and 16 of them thoroughly interviewed by Human Resources Director Tony DiTommaso. That pool was whittled down to 11 people in Round 2, seven in Round 3 and four in Round 4 before the decision was made to hire Bucci and Rondinelli.

Board president Gary Deschamps jokingly informed the new employees that their contracts stipulate an in-crease in household chores for their husbands and children.

"When you join Pine-Richland," he said, "the whole family gets involved."