Highlands’ Debbie Beale elected president of AIU board of directors
Debbie Beale, president of the Highlands School Board, is the new president of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s board of directors.
Beale was elected to the position this week. She will serve a one-year term as president beginning Sunday.
Intermediate units are regional educational service agencies that the state Legislature created in 1970.
The Allegheny Intermediate Unit is one of 29 intermediate units across the state. It provides specialized educational services to 42 suburban school districts and five career technical centers in Allegheny County.
The board of directors is made up of 13 elected members representing the 42 school districts.
Beale first joined the board in 2014 and has been its secretary for the past three years. She replaces Thomas Kelly, from the North Hills School District, as president.
“I’m excited for this opportunity,” Beale said, adding that she’s looking forward to working with the AIU’s new interim superintendent and supporting its efforts to promote and offer more services to its member districts.
Beale, 64, of Brackenridge has been on the Highlands School Board since 2008. She was previously a school board member from 2002-05 and from 1990-97. She has been its president or vice president for 14 years.
“I believe it is our responsibility to create and maintain a structured and quality public education system in order to produce responsible community members who will in turn take care of our world,” she said.
Brentwood School Board member David Schaap was elected vice president of the AIU board. Other officers are Larry Pollick, Allegheny Valley School District, secretary; and Peter Lyons, Pine-Richland School District, treasurer.