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Fox Chapel Area School District Director Region 1 {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

The Board of School Directors has the responsibility to establish and equip, furnish and maintain a sufficient number of public schools to educate every person residing in the district attending public schools and to adopt a budget and levy and collect necessary taxes. It may establish and maintain schools for other age groups and for vocational and recreational purposes.

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    Eric Hamilton
    (Dem, Rep)

  • Lisa Marie Rutkowski
    (Dem, Rep)

Biographical Information

What are your top three priorities for this office?

What policies will you pursue to promote social and racial justice for all citizens?

What can School Board Members do to encourage Early Learning in youngsters before they begin or enter school?

Last Name Hamilton
First Name Eric
Age 50
Campaign Phone (412) 781-8033
Education B.S. History and Spanish, Carnegie Mellon University; M.S. Public Management and Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
Qualifications for office - Professional training in public management - Started my career working in education policy research - Extensive professional experience in program evaluation, data analysis and financial analysis - Managed large teams, complex projects, and multi-million dollar budget - Involved in the community through school, church and township activities for over 15 years. - Father of two daughters who have graduated from FCASD, and another who attends the high school.
District Region 1
My priorities are improving transparency, ensuring fiscal accountability, and promoting evidence-based innovation. Three specific initiatives I would pursue are:

1. Changing the policies of the Board to allow for more opportunity for public comment. 2. Establishing Board committees, with representation of all stakeholders, on Finance and Educational Programs so that there is a venue for more open review of important financial and policy decisions. 3. Instituting policies to ensure evaluation of district pilot programs and periodic evaluation of core educational programs.
First, I will advocate for an assessment of our educational climate to ensure that we have school environments that are welcoming and supportive of the needs of students of all backgrounds.

Secondly, I highly value social studies and civics education. Excellent programs in these areas should include a balanced view of social and economic history, our nation’s achievements and on-going struggles related to equality, and the role every citizen plays in the effort to “form a more perfect union.”
The new pre-K program is a positive step, however it will only serve 20 children. The School Board should request an evaluation plan for this program to gain an understanding of its impact, guide improvements, and inform decisions about potential expansion. The board can also charter a more comprehensive early learning strategy that touches the community through partnerships with the Library, the Lauri Ann West Community Center, local healthcare providers, and other community organizations.
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