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Job description: Boards of School Directors are the governing agencies for local school districts. They have the responsibility for planning, setting policy, and evaluating school operations. They may levy taxes, issue bonds, hire personnel, provide for school buildings, and purchase textbooks and supplies. They adopt rules and regulations to govern their own affairs and the conduct of employees. TERM 4 YEARS. SALARY Unpaid. VOTE FOR FIVE.

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  • TROY G. BREESE
    (Rep)

  • JOHN C. CAMPBELL
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    MARSHA PLETA
    (D/R)

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    AMY IRENE ROBERTS
    (D/R)

  • KAREN I. RUBY
    (Dem)

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    DANA SHILLER
    (D/R)

Biographical Information

What motivates you to seek this office?

What do you think are the strengths of your school district and where is improvement needed?

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Date of Birth 2/22/1957
Qualifications I have served on the school board for 15 years, and currently am the school board president. I have also served on many PSBA committees and currently serve as the Sectional Advisor for Section 5 which includes over 100 districts. I have spent time in Harrisburg and Washington DC advocating for Public Education.
I strongly believe in public education! Never before has public education been more important, and never before has it been more criticized. Every child in this Nation should be provided the tools, encouragement and vision in a safe environment to become all they can dream. All stake holders which include parents, teachers, administrators, community members and school boards must collaborate to insure all students are given every opportunity. What motivates me to seek this office? I will be doing something about it and not just talking about it. I will fight against the injustice of tax dollars being used in school system that do not value or truly educate our children. I will reevaluate procedures and look for the change to support our students, teachers, administrators and all school personal. My motivation is all about one thing, the Students!

One of our greatest strengths is Prexie Pride which is school spirit. Our students respect each other for who they are. Diversity, athletic, extra circular, and band programs are also strengths. We are also data driven as we make important decisions. We have established and are focusing on social emotional learning. We offer 17 high level college classes with college credits at no cost to students. We must continue to analyze data with respect to growth and improvement. Our challenges remain bringing all students to proficiency. All students do not learn the same and we must continue to target specific needs of each student. Attendance is also a challenge. A student needs to be present to learn. Our student population is an excess of 72% economically disadvantage so improving resources and budget is essential. As a board member I will continue to review policy, budget, and student achievement while having open communication and support with all stake holders.
Date of Birth June 21,1982
For more information More information about me can be found on my Facebook campaign page, “Elect Amy Roberts for Washington School District’s School Board.”
Education Bethany College University of Phoenix
Qualifications My professional career and volunteer service have prepared me well for the Washington School District board. I have served on Washington Park’s PFO since 2009, serving as President since around 2011. I worked in the district from 2014-2018 as a Special Education/Gifted Secretary and a Paraprofessional. I currently work in the administrative office in the Chartiers-Houston School District. I am also currently the VP of Washington Soccer Inc. where I coordinate the Washington Travel Soccer program. I have served on BluePrints (Community Action Southwest’s) Board of Directors as Secretary/Treasurer as well as CAS Headstart Policy Council President. I have spent lots of time volunteering as a coach/team mom over the years. I have many years of experience working collaboratively for the betterment of our community.
My efforts as a board member will center on advocating for all of the children in our district. Investing in our children now means a vibrant future for Washington and beyond. I believe that a school board member must be responsive and receptive to parents, staff, students and the community at large, encouraging an open dialogue. I know that I can work collaboratively with all members of the community.
Washington has several strengths. I believe that it's size, diversity, pride/community and dedicated staff are on the top of that list.

I believe our district needs to work on our public image, communication, and providing greater opportunities for our kids.
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Date of Birth 02/05/65
For more information Facebook page--Dana Shiller for Washington School Board
Education B.A. Brown University (Comparative Literature). M.A. University of Washington (English). Ph.D. University of Washington (English)
Qualifications 25+ years of experience in higher education as a professor, administrator and advisor. Mom of two daughters at Washington High School. Active district volunteer (band, cheer, Reading Rodeo, Book Fair)
I’m running for school board because I believe that the Washington School District is a special place, and because I feel I have the skill set to make it even better than it is. I have a lot of experience both working directly with students, as a teacher, and in creating policy as a college administrator. I think it’s time for me to put my talents to good use on behalf of the district and the community. I would like to see the district do a better, more creative job of engaging families in their children’s education. I’d also like to see more attention paid to reading and writing skills in school. Our students’ PSSA and Keystone scores are not where they should be, and those skills will be just as important as STEM for their lives and careers after high school. I want to make sure that our district is working for all our students, not just those identified as college-bound, and that there is an achievable pathway for every child from K-12.
The Washington School District is small, and that is a big advantage. The teachers and administrators know the kids, and they create a safe, nurturing environment in which kids feel free to be themselves. Where Improvement is Needed: Attendance. We need to find better ways to keep kids in school. Parent engagement: Families don’t attend school events. Getting more families engaged with the district and with their kids’ education is one way to make sure kids attend. We need to do a better job here. Basic skills: Our PSSA and Keystone scores need to improve, but of course scores are a reflection of what students are learning in school. We need to make sure all students are reading at grade level and have the writing skills to succeed in jobs and careers after high school. STEM is important, but so are communication skills. Funding: The board needs to continue to lobby in Harrisburg for a school funding formula that is not based on property taxes.