Pocono Mountain School District School Director- Region 3
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Ronnie E Byrd
What do you see as the biggest issue facing your school district and how would you recommend addressing it?
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Bachelor Of Science Biology
Qualifications for Office
I am experienced in finance, negotiations, and balancing budgets as well as; making tough decisions that impact a lot of people. Owning my own business has prepared me for this, as well as; my last 7 years on the Pocono Mountain Board. We went from a negative fund balance to a positive surplus in 1 year. We were fiscally responsible and consolidated schools. We decreased school property taxes 12 mills, over 8.15% the last seven years. We have doubled the property tax rebates for seniors the last three years. We have enhanced security and safety in the schools for students, faculty and staff. This has equipped me to make major decisions that influence tax payers and students in a positive way.
PROPERTY TAXES, EDUCATION & KEEPING PEOPLE IN THEIR HOMES! In 2011, I promised to cut property taxes & give a voice to middle class families & seniors while providing a quality education for our students. PROMISES KEPT! I have cut school property taxes by 8.15% over the last 7yrs, provided seniors with a double property tax rebates the last 3yrs, increased academic electives & curriculum. With rising costs in pensions, wages/benefits, the burden of the unfunded mandates & us not getting our fair share of money, has made us have to think outside the box, OUTSOURCING BUSING. If all 200 fabulous PM employees have the opportunity to work for First Student, then how will the students & transportation suffer? This would SAVE $32 million over 7 years! I am not killing 200 jobs or balancing the budget on the backs of the bus drivers. I am doing what I always have always done, STANDING UP FOR TAX PAYERS, CHILDREN & MAKING FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE DECISIONS FOR "ALL" THE PEOPLE I REPRESENT!
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