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North Penn School District School Director (4 YR Term) {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

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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  • Daniel G. Bell
    (Rep)

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    Jennifer Breen
    (Rep)

  • Karen A. Calvanese
    (Rep)

  • Elisha Gee
    (Dem)

  • David K. Kresge
    (Rep)

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    Wanda Lewis-Campbell, Ed.D.
    (Dem)

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    Timothy MacBain
    (Dem)

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    Juliane Ramic
    (Dem)

  • Michelle Rupp
    (Rep)

  • Cathy Wesley
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What concerns or issues prompted you to run for School Board, and how do you propose to address them?

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Experience Project Management Professional
Education Master of Business Administration, DeSales University
Email address NorthPennVIEWS@gmail.com
The North Penn School District is currently facing some significant capital expenditures. Each of these items will require a certain amount of time to complete and will have an associated cost. These costs are to be covered by the tax dollars paid by the residents and businesses of the North Penn community. Decisions that are made today will not only impact the current tax burden but it will have implications on the burden that is passed along to the next generation. It is imperative that we assess the current needs of the district and prioritize these items in a way that is economically prudent without compromising safety or the quality of education afforded to its students.
As a Project Management Professional for over a decade, I have direct experience working in complex environments with various stakeholders. My primary role has been liaising between parties to translate needs and requirements in support of viable solutions which fit within the constraints of time, cost and scope. I seek to provide a similar service to the residents of the North Penn community as a member of the School Board.
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Experience Retired Assistant Dean of Student Life, Temple University
Education BA - Livingstone College, Salisbury, NC MSW - University of Connecticut Ed.D. - Temple University
Twitter @NPNP2019
As a 23-year resident of the North Penn School District who had 2 children attend schools here, I have an interest in bringing our district into the 21st century with open and transparent communication from the School Board to all community stakeholders. I have seen this area become more diverse and I want to ensure that all voices are at the table and are heard, even our students' voices. We need to assist them in having other options if going to college is not their choice - no, college is not for everyone. As a university administrator and professor, I have seen this and know the need is there. Of course I'm a proponent of students attending college and that is what I would support but I do not want to exclude those students who feel otherwise. Additionally, it is not enough to say we have multicultural diversity in our schools without doing more to engage all community members. One can say, "They are included and invited to the party." However, I say they need to be asked to dance.
I have worked in higher education for decades and I am a conscientious educator who seeks to hear all sides of issues and concerns. I consider myself an advocate for students and their needs, yet, I have the knowledge, skills and ability to also serve other stakeholders involved in the school district such as teachers, parents, and tax payers. I am a team player and can be in the front or take the rear, knowing and respecting the fact that leadership is situational. I believe in the good in people and look for that while understanding dissention, and possibly, conflict may happen. My honesty and integrity afford me the opportunity to do my best as I have been known for bringing people together to work for the betterment of all situations. I look forward to working with members of the School Board to continue the upward trajectory of moving North Penn School District forward and tackling issues of safer schools, fiscal responsibility, a comprehensive facilities plan and accountability.
Experience I currently serve on our School Board, the North Montco Technical Career Center Operating Committee, and advocate our state government for North Penn through the PA School Boards Association.
Education MA Political Science, Villanova University. BS Ed Social Studies Education, Shippensburg University
Email address NPNPin2019@gmail.com
Twitter @NPNP2019
Thank you for taking time to learn about our goals for North Penn’s students, families, and neighborhoods! For ten months of each year, our community sends its hopes and dreams – our students – into our schools, and whether you’re a parent, grandparent, or tax-paying neighbor, the quality of our services and the cost-effectiveness of our choices both matter. Under previous boards key community members were left out of the conversation, responsible planning and transparency efforts that would have saved money stayed idle, and questions about aging facilities like NPHS were left unanswered. We’ve started to address these needs for responsible and transparent planning with North Penn’s first 10-Year Comprehensive Facilities Plan, and numerous public forums. I also voted to bring Full Day Kindergarten to our students and expand a new tax rebate program for our qualifying seniors. I’ll continue to bring North Penn into the 21st century in ways that are both responsible and inclusive.
I’m a proud North Penn parent with two children just beginning their school experiences in our community, and a taxpayer who cares about the quality of our financial choices. As an experienced high school teacher and former coach in the Upper Dublin School District, I understand what big picture policy and budget modifications mean for actual student experiences in their classrooms or extracurricular programs, and the impacts they can have on a community. I know what a quality public education can do for students, their families, and our neighbors. I also think it’s time we address the financial mandates placed on school districts by Harrisburg, including ever-increasing PSERS contribution rates. I was honored to be chosen to represent North Penn in the PA School Boards Association this past October, and was later appointed to their Platform Committee that sets their advocacy agenda. In this role, I will ensure that North Penn has a louder voice in important legislative conversations.
Experience Appointed to the NPSB Jan 2018; qualified leader with experience working in the non-profit sector, managing grant funded programs
Education MSW from Washington University; BA in Political Science
Email address npnpin2019@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (267) 645-9345
Twitter @NPNP2019
As a parent of students at Knapp and Penndale, I have been grateful that they have been supported by an outstanding team of teachers, have greatly benefited from the school clubs and activities on offer, and have had the opportunity to engage in character enriching conversations and lessons with the diverse student populations at both schools. I can see that my children and their peers throughout the district are being prepared to be active and contributing citizens of our community. Despite all that we are able to offer the students in our district, there are many opportunities for us to focus on affording all students in the district the benefits of a 21st century education. We must focus one ensuring that our district's facilities are not only well-maintained but also designed with the evolving needs of our students. To do this, I support the creation of a community informed 10 yr Facilities Plan with accompanying discussions about sound investment.
I was appointed to the North Penn School Board in January 2018 and now serve on the Facilities and Operations and Finance Committees of the Board and was appointed to serve on the board of the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit and the Joint Operating Committee of the North Montco Technical Career Center. I am also the board liaison to the District’s Wellness Committee.

I hold an MSW from The Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and a certificate from Bryn Mawr’s Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute. I have worked in the field of non-profit management and immigrant services for 18 years, where I have honed my skills and am uniquely qualified in the areas of grants management, budget creation and management, staff management, strategic planning, program implementation and evaluation, continuous quality improvement, forming effective partnerships, communications and media relations, fundraising, trauma informed care, and student wellness.
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