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Seneca Valley board officially welcomes 2 new members

Seneca Valley School Board members
From left, new Seneca Valley School Board member Kari Zimmer, new board president Eric DiTullio, and new board member Nick Brower attend the reorganization meeting on Monday, Dec. 4. Submitted Photo

At its reorganization meeting Monday, Dec. 4, the Seneca Valley School Board welcomed its two newest members, Kari Zimmer and Nick Brower.

In last month’s general election, Zimmer narrowly defeated Kayla Burgert in the only contested race for a seat on the school board. She replaces Jim Nickel, who stepped down from the board after 12 years. Zimmer represents Region 2, which consists of Cranberry Township voting precincts 1, 2 and 8.

This will mark Zimmer’s first experience as a school board member. However, she previously served as a third-grade teacher in the Fairfax County school system in Virginia, and also actively participated in the parent-teacher organization at Connoquenessing Valley Elementary School. Zimmer has three children, all of whom attend the Seneca Valley School District.

Brower won his seat in an unopposed race. He replaces former board president Kathy Whittle, who stepped down after serving on the board since 2014. Brower represents Region 7, which consists of Evans City and Seven Fields.

Brower, a longtime resident of Seven Fields, currently works on marine and powerplant engines at GE Transportation in Grove City and Erie. Brower, a Seven Fields resident, has two children who are both in the Seneca Valley School District.

The board also decided on its new leadership roles. Eric DiTullio will serve as president of the board, with Jeff Widdowson serving as vice president.

DiTullio represents Region 8, which is Lancaster and Forward townships, while Widdowson represents Region 9, which is Jackson Township, Callery and Harmony. Both of their terms expire in 2025.

This article has been updated to reflect the fact that Nick Brower has not served in the Coast Guard, as a prior version of this story erroneously indicated.

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