Verona mom appointed as new Riverview School Board member
Riverview School Board members appointed a Verona mother and Verner Elementary parent/teacher organization secretary to fill a vacant seat.
Tara Schaaf was selected out of five candidates to replace Jon Nehlsen, who resigned from his elected post in November for personal reasons.
Nehlsen’s term expires at the end of next year. Schaaf plans on running in the May primary to keep her seat.
Schaaf was sworn in earlier this month by Vice President Lisa Ashbaugh.
“I want to help the school district,” Schaaf said. “Everything they’ve done for my daughter I’ve been thrilled with. She’s an honor student, and I think she couldn’t have gotten a better (education) even if she went to private school.
“We’re very lucky because it is a nice small school district. She’s had great teachers and great classes. I want to see the school district be the best that it can be, and I’m happy to be the one they chose to help with that.”
Board member Alex DiClaudio said Schaaf’s a welcomed addition to the team.
“I’m excited to have her join the board and get to know her and have her get to work on some of the things we’re dealing with right now,” he said. “Riverview’s very fortunate. Every time we have a vacancy on the board, we always have extremely qualified people. It was a tough decision to make. I think people were very impressed with her passion for the school district.”
Schaaf originally grew up in Penn Hills, but graduated from Knock High School in Butler County in 1995.
She earned a nursing diploma from Shady Side School of Nursing in 2002, a bachelors degree from Waynesburg College in 2009 and masters in nursing from the University of Pittsburgh in 2014, with a specialty in anesthesia.
She’s been a Verona resident with her husband, Kip, since March 2004 and a member of Verner Elementary’s PTO for years. Her daughter is in ninth grade at Riverview High School.
Schaaf said she hopes to build on the variety of gifted programs offered by the district to provide students different ways to succeed in life.
Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.