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Fox Chapel Area School District Director Region 2 {_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. 4 year term

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    Ronald P. Frank
    (Dem, Rep)

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    Vanessa Lynch

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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 Frank
First Name Ronald (Ron)
Middle Name Patrick
Age 67
Campaign Phone (412) 559-1445
Campaign Email
Education University of Pittsburgh -Certification in Elementary Education Indiana Univ of PA-Master of Arts in Jewelry and Metal Arts Indiana Univ of PA-Bachelor of Science in Art Education CCAC-Associate Degree in Fine Arts
Qualifications for office My Experience and Dedication to the schools and community serve as my qualifications. Served 42 years as an educator in all levels K-12, developed curriculum, written Middle States Evaluations, founding member of District Site-Based team, past Chair of District Safety Committee, President of the Hall of Fame since 1996. Past Teacher of the Year voted by Senior students, long-time involvement in our community including founding member of Indiana Township Baseball and 11 years on Baseball Federation Board of Directors, caretaker of Mary's Garden and Board Member and Mgr. of Chapel Gate Swim Clu
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District Region 2
My three priorities are: #1 Standard of Excellence - Continue to grow the excellence of our schools while maintaining financial accountability #2 Student Assets - We need to help students develop skills to cope with a multitude of issues in addition to their classwork. #3 Evaluate Resources- Review policies and compare them with procedures and practices to make sure the policies established by the Board are being implemented authentically.

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The School Board sets the policy for the district, and the administration and staff develop the programming to enact those policies in the most effective manner. As a new Board Member, I would look at the policies the district has in place and discuss how those are positive or need to be improved. Schools, now more than ever, must be the center of promoting understanding of individual differences, whether they are cultural, societal or racial.

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Every child needs to be ready to learn on his/her first day of school. This requires a sound social, emotional and academic foundation. FCASD has always been on the leading edge of child readiness and continues to maintain that commitment. I recognize that not every child comes to FCASD on equal footing. As a board member, it is important to allocate resources to ensure each child is as ready for FCASD as we are for them.

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Last Name Lynch
First Name Vanessa
Age 42
Campaign Phone (412) 368-6148
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Education Bachelor of Arts in English Literature - Purdue University; Master of Education in Community Counseling - The College of William & Mary
Qualifications for office Over the last 15 years, I worked with adolescents experiencing complex emotional difficulties as a mental health therapist in school and community based settings, helped develop and grow a small business, and championed advocacy work both locally and within the school district. These positions afforded me the opportunity to work with diverse ethnic, cultural, religious, and socioeconomic communities. I spent countless hours over the last 7 years, with my 2 children who attend the Fox Chapel Area School District, volunteering in our local schools supporting educational and arts programming.
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District Fox Chapel Area School District; Region 2
Accountability – Between Jan. 2015 and Jan. 2019, the average public School Board meeting was 34 min. long. Oversight is the job of the School Board and serves to ensure the decisions being made are wise. Transparency - Public meetings are the backbone of School Board communication with community members. The School board has a responsibility as a whole to plan, deliberate, vote on, and follow up on the progress being made in public meetings. Fiscal Responsibility – The Fox Chapel Area School District has a $98 million budget. True oversight where School Board members ensure every dollar is well spent is not optional
First, underrepresented portions of our community must be empowered to have a voice in the process of change by identifying their concerns and priorities for making a supportive school environment. The school district must evaluate how justice issues may be impacting our students. Increasing the cultural sensitivity of staff, multicultural focus of curriculum, hiring diverse staff, and expanding and enriching early childhood education opportunities are ways to address disparities.
School Board members must be innovative and imaginative thinkers. Supporting strategic after school early childhood programming, building partnerships with organizations like libraries to create strong early childhood programs in the community, and partnering with local agencies – for instance the Preschool Early Intervention program DART – are all ways to encourage early learning. The FCASD will be starting a Pre-K program, which as it grows will increase access to early learning for kids.
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