Pittsburgh School District Director District 6
School Directors are elected on behalf of the community to oversee the education of students in their jurisdiction. They serve as agents of the state legislature. They are responsible for curriculum and instruction management, all finances including development of annual budgets and levying of taxes and issuance of debt obligations when necessary; personnel; legal matters; management of facilities; and transportation of students as appropriate. Schools may includes pre-K and career and technical schools. The school board consists of nine members who serve four-year terms of office without pay. The school district of the city of Pittsburgh includes Mount Oliver. In 2019, directors for even numbered districts will be elected.
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William J. Gallagher
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?
BA Political Science Secondary Social Studies Teacher Certification Washington & Jefferson College. K-12 Special Education Teacher Certification Duquesne University
Qualifications for office
27 year teaching in PPS. Know and understand the children, teachers and administrators in the system. 31 years coaching High School and College Football, so I understand leadership, motivation and team building. Three of my children are graduates of PPS. Not only know and have a rapport with students, teachers and administrators of District 6, but I have relationships throughout the District. I have seen what has been successful and what has not worked. I know what constitutes a safe school and I will demand all students feel safe and welcomed. I understand and have written curriculum.
Bill Gallagher for School Director
1. To ensure our students receive a world class education in a safe and welcoming environment.
2. Demand our District is fiscally responsible and spending is directly related to academic goals and outcomes.
3. All stakeholders in PPS are involved in pertinent decision making processes and all phases of Central Administration operations are transparent and that accountability is the standard of this group.
My belief is Excellence with Equity. Resources will be allocated where necessary. Class sizes will benefit instruction. Research has proven smaller class sizes improve instructional outcomes. If a school needs help, it will be immediately given. All students will be treated with respect. All cultures will be celebrated. Restorative justice will be implemented with proper training and understanding so this program will be successful. Curriculum will be in alignment with state standards.
Our District must partner with community based organizations such as Head Start to give parents all of the necessary supports they need to help their children. Our children suffer when they enter school unprepared.
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