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Central Bucks School District School Director Region 4 (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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    Lorraine Sciuto-Ballasy
    (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 Communications Consultant, Freelance Journalist/Editor/Writer, News Reporter covering Education, Human Interest, Community Events, Politics & Senior topics.
Education Temple University BA Journalism
Email address lsciutoballasy@cbsd.org
While I have no overriding issues, I do believe everyone in the community benefits when students are engaged & productive outside of their school setting. A truly comprehensive approach to education embraces this collaborative; it addresses not only students' intellectual growth & development into lifelong learners but also stimulates their social & emotional well-being. Student-Community engagement offers students unique real-world learning opportunities and welcomes community members as part of the process, shaping positive relationships. Validation outside of the school environment builds self-esteem by teaching students they are personally valued and important to their community. To this end, I think, strong anti-bullying & youth suicide prevention & awareness attitudes would more naturally evolve when children are routinely given the chance to constructively interact with others who help them adopt a healthier, broader view of themselves & society, a goal CB should consider.
My years as an educator, communications professional, writer/news reporter covering real estate, education, youth & community, government, and politics, as well as my legislative & constituent work, has enabled me to see first-hand the many facets of issues school districts face, such as being on the forefront of learning initiatives, school safety improvements, technology advancements, and steadfast fiscal stewardship & accountability. As a long-time volunteer, in schools, with non-profits geared toward supporting youth, & in the community, including over 20 years combined on planning & zoning hearing boards in Warwick Township & my work as a PA Realtor for 30 years, I have refined my ability to listen intently and exercise sound judgment. As a 26-year plus CB parent & taxpayer, I believe my perspective is objective & unique.