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Bristol Township School District School Director (2 YR Term)

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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    Gallus Obert
    (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 30 years experience in the manufacturing environment. Current school board member.
Education Bishop Egan HS, Pennsbury HS, BCCC, Six Sigma Certified Green Belt.
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Annual tax increases were and still are placing an increasingly heavy burden on the taxpayers of Bristol Township. I bought into the idea of the previous boards direction to reinvest in our educational system by replacing outdated inefficient elementary schools and the continued increasing costs of maintaining them. Those investments are paying off in reduced energy and maintenance costs and an improved educational platform. The challenge is to provide a premium education while balancing the increasing costs of unfunded mandates from the state. Increasing costs for Pensions, Special Education, and Charter schools drives school boards to find other opportunities to cut costs. Innovative process controls and streamlining existing operations is allowing our tax burden to lessen which translates into reduced tax increases in the future. I am confident that Bristol Township could realize a zero tax increase this year and minimal increases going forward to keep pace with State mandates.
As a current school board member I am familiar with the processes and operations of the school district. Former member of the BCTHS authority and BCTHS joint school board. I have over thirty years in the manufacturing enviornment which has afforded me many opportunities to provide continuous improvement to processes. As in manufacturing a school districts processes can always be improved which leads to improved quality of education and reduced tax burdens. I believe by continuing to reinvest in our infrastructure and continuing to be a united partner with township government the district is headed in the right direction. As a certified Six Sigma Green Belt I have training in problem solving techniques a tool use that I hope will be part of our administrations personal development plans going forward.