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Pennsbury School District School Director Region 2 (4 YR Term) {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

A school board is a legislative body of citizens called school directors, who are elected locally by their fellow citizens and who serve as the governing body of each public school district. Each board consists of nine members who serve four-year terms of office. Unlike most other elected officials, school directors receive no compensation for their work. Principal duties include appointing and/or dismissing superintendents, principals and teachers; levying school taxes; purchasing land; locating new buildings; adopting textbooks and courses of study; fixing salaries of teachers and other appointees of the Board.

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    Michael Pallotta
    (Rep)

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    John Palmer
    (Dem)

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    Gary Sanderson
    (Dem, Rep)

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    Sherwood D. Taylor, III
    (Dem, Rep)

Biographical Information

What concerns or issues prompted you to run for School Board, and how do you propose to address them?

What qualifications and experience do you have that will assist you in the performance of the duties of this office?

Experience Electrician - 34 years Electrical Foreman - 25 years
Education Bristol High School Bucks County Technical High School Accredited Apprenticeship Program
Campaign Phone (215) 900-8766
One of the most important issues facing the Pennsbury School District is the utilization and condition of our existing facilities. There needs to be a district wide plan for usage and upkeep of our current facilities.. Taxpayers need to see that we are working to maintain our buildings for the future. Funds need to be allocated for building upgrades, not for new construction. I plan to utilize my expertise in the construction profession to establish an affordable long range plan for the utilization and upkeep of all facilities within Pennsbury. If we put the time and dollars into maintaining our current facilities, we will be able to send our students to buildings they can be proud of and taxpayers can afford.
As a professional in the construction field, I'm responsible for the management and completion of large scale building projects. I have worked as a team player within this industry. I view the school board as it is now, as individual agendas. I plan on bringing a cooperative, team approach to moving the Pennsbury School District forward into the 21st century. School board members need to keep in mind that they represent the students, taxpayers, parents and staff first, not their own personal agendas. I would hope that if elected, I can bring this style of leadership to the Board. As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. The board should operate under the idea that it takes all stakeholders to successfully prepare our students for the future.
Experience 8 years as Pennsbury School Board Director for Region 2 . 24 years in Education as a Operations Manager
Education Rutgers University with an Associate's Degree in Educational Facilities Management
Email address jpkjpalm@comcast.net
Campaign Phone (610) 324-6177
I proudly serve the family of Region 2 as School Board Director for the last seven years. My votes and accomplishments while serving on the board have always reflected my dedication to makesure that the children of Region 2 not only have the best education possible but also have equal access to the opportunities that include academic and extracurricular programming my top three concerns that have prompted me to run again for school board is to provide each student to meet their academic potential's regardless of circumstances and or background . I continue to Pledge my support to all learners i.e.gifted ,parallel or IEP. Hope to see S.T.E.M programming coursework expanded in Pennsbury School District. Work with the educational feasibility study to ensure that we are using our tax dollars responsibly .Upgrade Pennsbury School District security policies and procedures to assure that all Students and staff will be safer. Continued Support of Pennsbury's Full-day kindergarten & JRROTC
With a Degree in Educational Facilities Management and Over 24 years as an Operations Manager in a school overseeing transportation, I.T ,kitchhen services, security ,maintenance and janitorial services. I have the unique ability to seeing both sides of contract negotiations I negotiated on behalf of the UAW a collective bargaining agreement I have also negotiated contracts on behalf of Pennsbury School District with there many union and contracted employees . I feel this experience brings great wealth to the table to facilitate a collective-bargaining agreement. As an incumbent I bring eight years of board experience and knowledge. I have worked on our 43 million Pennwood school renovation project with the facilities committee. As a Pennsbury member of the Bucks County Tecnical High School I was able to assure that Pennsbury was treated fairly with the articles of confederation agreement.
Experience Employed by the State of New Jersey, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as an Environmental Specialist since 1985. School Board member for 11.5 years.
Education BS from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY, Management and Biology.
Our District has been in disarray for the last few years. There has been a lack of professionalism, respect, trust, and civility among the leadership and those who support that leadership. The Community is unable to trust the board and/or the district because of this disgraceful behavior. I am hopeful this can change. I want to bring normalcy back to the school board and, once again, make the community proud of our school district. I want to bring professionalism, respect, trust and civility to the board. Additionally, the board needs to stop being reactionary on issues that face the district. The board needs to take a more holistic approach to solving problems. We need to consider long term sustainability in all areas including facilities, education needs and salaries.The goal is to balance all the needs of the district, keeping students first, and still respect the taxpayer. To this end, I have decided to run with two other candidates who share these same philosophies.
For over 11 years, I have been a School board Director. Because of my experience, I understand the function of the board, and I can be a mentor to the newer members. Educationally, I received a dual major in Resource Management and Forest Biology. I was taught good management and economic practices. My science background has trained me to be analytical and methodical in my decision making process. During my 34 years with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, I worked closely with elected officials, in both the public and private sectors, and I developed a good understanding of how to serve the public within the constraints of the law. Overall, the combination of this experience has enabled me to be thoughtful, reasonable, open, and willing to involve the public in the decision making process.
Experience Pennsbury IT - 2008-2014 Business Owner 2014 - Current
Education Bachelors of Science - Finance, Temple University Internet Teaching - Delaware Valley University
Campaign Phone (215) 900-8766
Having worked for the district, I saw first-hand that morale of our employees was slipping away. I believe students learn better in a happier environment. I feel our staff hasn’t been shown the respect they deserve and re-opening dialogue with them can really affect some change in morale. While this was my initial concern, I now have many more, with aging infrastructure topping the list. I would like to implement a solid long-term plan with community involvement to address action on this challenging issue.
During my seven year employment with the district, I had the opportunity to visit each school, where I got to know a large portion of the staff and the facilities inside and out. I believe this will be a great asset to have a school board member with such intimate knowledge of the inner workings of a district. I hold a degree in Finance and currently employ 13 people at my business. My talents in budgeting and employee relations will lend well to decisions on the board. I also attended Delaware Valley University for education and currently hold an Intern Teaching Certificate. This education gives me better insight into the issues our teachers face in education.