Left to Right: Troy Polis, Annie Colucci, Larry Warren
Three new school board members were sworn in as the newest Poland Board of Education Members: Annie Colucci, Larry Warren, and Troy Polis. All three were sworn in at the Organizational Meeting on January 13, 2020. Serving with the new Poland Board of Education members are Dr. Larry Dinopoulos and Mr. Gregg Riddle.
Annie Colucci is a lifelong Poland resident, and graduated from Poland Seminary High School in 2001. Her heart and soul are a part of this community.
“I am so honored to be able to serve on the Board of Education. I am so grateful for the amazing education I received in Poland, as it helped shape both my future and career,” said Colucci. “ I am excited to give back and serve the community, to help ensure that the students of the district receive the same quality education that I once did.”
Annie works for CVS Health in Pittsburgh as a Human Resources field leader, focusing on training and development and employee accountability. She’s worked for CVS Health for close to 20 years.
“I want to help seek out specific challenges that face our district and be a part of the solution to fix them,” said Colucci. “With a background in HR, employee relations, training and development and local government, I am hoping that my skills and expertise, as well as my ability to think outside of the box, will help contribute to making our district successful. “
For 16 years, she also worked for the Mahoning County Board of Elections, and also served as an elected State Central Committeewoman in Poland Village from 2006-2014.
Along with serving on the Poland Board of Education, Annie is also involved with various other groups in the region. In 2018, she helped develop a local children’s charity, Beacon of the Valley. The charity focuses on helping children ages 12 and under in the Mahoning Valley and is a partner of Akron Children’s Hospital. Annie also serves as a board member for Beacon of the Valley. She is also a member of the Poland Lions Service Club and has served as a volunteer mentor to caregivers of cancer patients at the Cleveland Clinic for the past 12 years. She also volunteers with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization of Pittsburgh, as well as the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
“As a board member, I will strive to help our school system have what it needs to prepare our students to meet our ever changing world,” said Colucci. “I want to uphold the tradition of excellence within our district and make our community one that young families seek out because of the schools.”
Larry Warren has lived in Poland for most of his adult life. His sons graduated from the Poland Schools and has enjoyed a wide variety of school-related activities centered on athletics, the arts and academics.
Larry has served the Poland community in a number of ways. He was president of Town One Streetscapes when Peterson Park was built, is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Poland, served as District Governor of Rotary District 6650, and has had the opportunity to serve in a number of other capacities in Rotary International. He is also a member of the Poland United Methodist Church.
“My greatest excitement comes from the opportunity to serve this incredible community,” said Warren. “I have seen what this community can accomplish when it works toward a common purpose. We have such great potential as a school district given the dedicated staff, caring families and supportive community that exists here.”
Larry has a background in education, working as a teacher, counselor and administrator. The bulk of his career was at the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center, where he worked with students from 13 school districts in Mahoning County. In addition, he was involved with a number of business, industry and education initiatives that fostered cooperation among those entities. His wife was also a career educator, and taught in three area school districts and Youngstown State University.
“During my professional career I had the opportunity to work with many board of education members. One consistent strength that I observed among high-performing school board members was a commitment to communication between the board and the community, a tolerance for differing points of view and a respect for the ideas of their constituents,” said Warren. “I believe that these attributes are wrapped in a blanket of collaboration that emerges when boards communicate with, listen to and focus on the needs of the community.”
Troy Polis has lived in Poland his entire life. In 2017, Troy graduated from Youngstown State University with a degree in marketing management. In the spring of 2018, Troy received his real estate license. Troy is a full time agent for Real Living Brokers Realty Group. Troy is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Poland Board of Education. While campaigning, he stressed the importance of increasing the technological footprint.
“This will make it easier for teachers to create instructional materials to enable new ways for our students to learn and work together,” said Polis. “I’d like to explore interactive learning experiences. The emergence of 5G will provide many opportunities for our students. I want Poland Schools to be at the forefront of these technologies in the valley.”
Troy looks forward to working with the administration and teachers to find ways to help students to continue succeeding in and out of the classroom, and communicating with the Poland community.