Julia Trimarchi Cuccaro has announced her candidacy for a seat on the Indiana Area school board.
A native of Indiana County, she resides in White Township with her husband, John.
Her professional background is centered around various family businesses.
She began working at Trim Tree Nursery in Armstrong Township when she was about 10 years old, helping to plant Christmas tree seedlings.
She spent many years at Foremost Consumer Discount Company in Indiana Borough, which has provided consumer loans to Indiana County residents since 1963, and she has practiced law in Indiana County for 26 years.
From 1992 through 2011, Cuccaro was a member of the board of directors and was assistant secretary of First Commonwealth Bank.
She was recently named the editor of the Indiana Law Journal. She is a member of the advisory board of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Center for Family Business and a past board member of the YMCA of Indiana County.
She has experience in education, serving on the boards of trustees of Seton Hill University and the Kiski School for the last 10 years.
Most recently, she chaired a countywide committee to develop a regional NASA-affiliated Challenger Science Center in Indiana County.
Cuccaro said she is running for school board for the following reasons:
“First, I am very interested in elementary education, particularly in reading and writing and the increasingly important STEM subjects and how we can best serve the needs of our youngest students to better prepare them for the wonderful opportunities we provide at the junior and senior high schools.
“Second, I want to be a part of the continuing success of the Indiana Area School District. I feel my experience in finance and small business has given me good insight into the district’s tax and borrowing base, budget and cost structure and how sensible asset management enables us to offer excellent academic opportunity.
“Finally, I see education as a key building block for economic development, and I believe the Indiana Area School District plays a large role in the continuing economic development of our region and the wonderful quality of life we provide our students who have been fortunate enough to grow up here.”