Centennial School District School Director Region 1 (4 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.
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?
employed by major corporation 30 years;12 years township supervisor;24 years County Commissioner
William Tennent HS;Lebanon Valley College BA
Providing quality,competitive education to students that will lead to maximum employment;treating staff with dignity and respect;looking out for taxpayers who have to pay for it all,a winning football team.Need to work with legislators to provide a fair shake for public education !I will now have time to devote to these and other issues.As a long time resident of the District where I along with my children and family attended school I want to help in any possible way .
As a long time public official I have a great deal of experience dealing with balanced budgets and controlling costs---not afraid to say NO if necessary !
Serves as Elected School Director in Centennial SD since 2007. Past Officer and current Trustee of Pennsylvania School Boards Association. 2014 Recipient of PSBA's Allwein Legislative Advocacy Award.
Central High School, Philadelphia; Peirce College; Phila College of Textiles & Science; Temple Univ
I was originally encouraged to run for School Director by the Superintendent of Schools and felt is was a good way to give back for the positive experiences of my three children. I had already served on several committees of the district (Citizen's Policy, Technology, etc..). My youngest child was still in high school. Twelve years later, the issues have expanded. While we are working collectively as a board of school directors in Centennial School District together with its administration, I am also active with the Pennsylvania School Boards Association where I continue to serve as a member of the Legislative Advocacy Council and regularly interact with our legislators to secure funding, control charter/cyber charter schools, improve the quality of education in the Commonwealth and reduce the cost of pensions and unfunded mandates which place an unfair burden on our community. Proportionately, Centennial SD receives a lower share of state and federal funding than most other districts.
Over my three terms to date as an elected school director, I have received more than 500 hours of training in several areas and new help to train others. I remain current on issues and innovation by attending state and national association meetings to receive continuing education. I have served seven years as an officer and governing board member of Pennsylvania School Boards Association, where I remain a trustee. I have also served on committees for special projects of the PA State Board of Education, testified about public education before our General Assembly and committees of Congress. I am Vice-Chair of Middle Bucks Institute of Technology, Co-Chair of Keystone State Education Coalition. I have served four years as a Director of the Network for Public Education, and on committees of National School Boards Association (Teacher Principal Effectiveness Committee / Early Childhood Education Committee / Nominating Committee). I am a NSBA Federal Relations Network Delegate since 2009.
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