Mr. Shawn DeVerse is the South Allegheny School District Board President. A lifelong resident of South Allegheny, and a 1988 graduate, Mr. DeVerse also is employed with the Glassport Borough as Assistant Chief of Police and has been employed with them for 23 years. He has been married for 19 years and has 3 children - Meghan, Lindsay, and Gavin.
Mr. DeVerse has prior school board experience while sitting on the Catholic School Boards for St. Joseph and Mary of Nazareth Catholic Schools for 4.5 years. Additionally, Mr. DeVerse is a 34-year member of the Glassport Fire Department with a current title of President. He also has two years of active service in the United States Army and in 2011 he was deployed to Afghanistan with the title of US Army Contractor as an International Police Advisor. While in Afghanistan, Mr. DeVerse sustained injuries in a hostile setting during his course of duties.
Jason L. Ewing is serving his first term as a School Board member. A 1990 graduate of Chichester High School in Boothwyn, PA, Jason and his wife, Amy, have been residents of Port Vue for more than 20 years. He has been employed in the Automotive field for the past 30 years, working currently for a vehicle electronics manufacturer and holding an International Training and Product Support position.
Jason believes that besides a loving family, a great education is the most important thing that a child needs. Jason and Amy have two daughters at home, ages 21 and 15, currently attending school in the district is Arianna and is in 10th grade. Arianna is currently the class president and is a member of the GATE program. She is also a member of the Junior National Honor Society. Jenée is currently a senior at Slippery Rock University and is double majoring in Dance and Business Communications. Jenée is also currently still involved with the South Allegheny School District, as a volunteer auxiliary instructor with the high school marching band. Jason’s oldest adult son Ryan, is following in his father’s footsteps and is employed in the Automotive Field specializing in vehicle electronics and integrations. He resides in the Philadelphia Area.
Jason is also a volunteer fireman with the Vigilant Hose Co #1 located in Port Vue, Pa.
Jason’s hobbies include old vehicle restorations, accurate sound reproduction in high resolution audio systems, and shooting darts.
Lauren DiBeneditto Huey
Lauren DiBeneditto Huey has been a resident of Port Vue for 13 years. She obtained a BA in Foreign Languages from WVU and is presently self-employed. She and Ed share six children and have four granddaughters. Their two youngest children, as well as 2 grandchildren, currently attend the South Allegheny School District.
Ms. DiBeneditto Huey has been involved in the SA youth basketball and football programs for many years and is currently the President for South Allegheny Varsity Football Boosters. She also will serve on the board of the #Tonystrong Foundation.
Mrs. Carol Craig is a 1978 graduate of Duquesne High School. She grew up in Duquesne. She has been married for 30 years to Charles Craig and has one daughter, Rebecca, who is a 2014 graduate of South Allegheny. She is currently retired from Penndot with 26 years of service where she worked as the Western Regional Traffic Management Operator. Her hopes are to open the lines of communication with our communities and support the needs of our students to better prepare them for life after SA.
Mr. Frank Cortazzo is a resident of Port Vue and has been married to his wife, Noreen, for 42 years. He has three boys, who are all South Allegheny Graduates. He also has seven grandchildren, two of whom are current students at South Allegheny. He graduated from East Allegheny High School and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from West Liberty State College, WVA.
Mr. Cortazzo served on Port Vue Borough Council for 18 years. He spent 40 years in law enforcement, the past 33 being with the Duquesne University Police Department. He has also been a volunteer firefighter for 40 years – currently with Vigilant Hose Company #1 of Port Vue for nearly 25 years. Additionally, he coached high school athletics for 40 years – and his first coaching job at SA was in 1984 as assistant wrestling coach. He has also spent time working as a substitute teacher for 10 years.
“I have a strong desire to serve the people of the South Allegheny School District especially the children. Looking forward to working with the superintendent and school administration as well as elected officials of the school board and our four communities that make up SA.”
The PSBA Principals of Governance and Leadership were approved by the South Allegheny Board of Directors on November 15, 2018.