Panther Valley School Board on Thursday hired Mary Dugan Figura as elementary school principal.

Figura replaces William Lombardo, who resigned May 12 due to illness. She'll be paid $70,000 for the 2012-2013 school year.

Figura has been interim principal on March 31. She had been serving as principal since Lombardo went on sick leave in Oct. 2012.

Figura has a rich educational background, having served as Lead Research Specialist for HLS Educational Consultants LLC, Bensalem, Bucks County; as assistant elementary principal in the Horry County School District, Myrtle Beach South Carolina; principal of Belmont Hills Elementary School, Bensalem Township School District; assistant principal at the Robert Shafer Middle School, Bensalem Township School District; and assistant principal of the South Mountain Middle School, Allentown School District.