Council Rock School District School Director Region 7 (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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Michael J. Thorwart
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?
I have more than 25 years of experience as a scientist, data analyst and project manager. I have lived in the district for 20 years.
PhD, Chemical Eng., Penn State
BS, Chemical Eng., Penn State
More than 4 years ago, I got involved with the district as a way to give back to my community. In that time frame, Council Rock got a new superintendent and started construction on two middle schools. The current school director was stepping down, and I ran for the position,
I am running for re-election to continue give back to the community as well as continue the work the district has in front of it. I want to to deliver educational excellence while maintaining fiscal discipline in a world of ever increasing mandates, PSERS cost, and aging infrastructure.
The biggest qualification I bring is experience. The Council Rock school board lost a great deal of seasoned board members over the past two year. At this time, only three board members have served longer than I, and I was regularly attending board meetings before they were elected.
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