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Centennial School District School Director Region 3 (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.

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    Shelley Eilenberg
    (Dem)

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    Charles Kleinschmidt
    (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 I am a 12 year Centennial School District resident with years of leadership experience and business management. I currently sit on the Warminster EAC and Library Board.
Education Studied business management
Email address shelley.eilenberg@kw.com
Campaign Phone (215) 356-1189
There are several concerns. At the front of those concerns are our rising taxes and declining academic performance. I believe there are areas of the budget that demand scrutiny. There are areas of the budget that can be reeled in without impacting our students programming. Regarding academic performance, there was a time when our academic performance matched those of our neighboring high performing school districts. Performance has been steadily declining. What are we doing differently? I would look at the changes in programming over the last several years. Have we given the teachers the time and support to succeed with new programming? We need to get our schools back on track. We need to work as a team and really look at the data to determine where we are failing our students and community.
I have lived in Warminster for 12 years, along with my husband and son. I sit on both the Environmental Advisory Council and the Library Board. My professional background has given me the opportunity to take part in policy and process development. Problem solving and communication has always been a focus. We need to work together to better our schools. Stepping outside the the proverbial box and really taking a hard look at what has changed over the past several years will be key to identifying what we need to do to get back on track. There is so much talent here in the Centennial School District. We need to work together to generate intelligent, thoughtful fresh ideas.
Experience Centennial School Director- 8 Years MBIT Board - 8 Years CEF Board Member-2 Years Hartsville Fire Company-18 Years Aux. Police Officer - Warrington PD-7 Years Married 43 Years w three Children
Education BS-Personnel and Human Resource Administration AS-Computer Engineering -
Email address kleich@centennialsd.org
Campaign Phone (215) 674-3527
I want to continue to work to provide the best education available for our students while attempting to keep school taxes as low as possible. We will continue upgrading technology for the students. At this time each student in our Middle Schools and High School have a Chrome Book assigned to them. This enables us to lower costs by migrating to electronic text books. We are continuing to increase the number of Chrome Books in our Elementary Schools each year. We will continue encouraging all voters to contact their State Representative and State Senator to request Centennial School District receives our fair share of funding from the state. At this time, only twenty percent of our budget is funded by the State. While other Districts have as much as eighty percent of their budget funded by the State. I encourage all community members to volunteer in our District. We need volunteer tutors in Math, Reading, Science as well as Story Tellers for Elementary School students. Thank you.
As a Regional Manager of a Large Technology Corporation, I was accountable for revenue generation and personnel for the Mid-Atlantic States. After retiring in 2001 at the age of forty-seven, I became the Director of Technology for Archbishop Wood High School. Where I learned how to really stretch a dollar while upgrading their technology platform. Retiring from the Diocese in 2009. In 2006, I became a Realtor specializing in Residential Sales in Bucks and Eastern Montgomery Counties. In 2011, I became an Auxiliary Police Officer for the Warrington Township Police Department where after completing my training, I further enhanced my knowledge of Safety and Security. Now at age 65, I am winding down my Real Estate Career and focusing on giving back to the Community that was so good to me and my family. I will now be able to commit twenty hours a week or more to the Centennial School District. I enjoy serving a district with such a diverse population and value our student's achievements.