In addition to my extensive accounting and financial background I have experience teaching at the University level.
I have been on the Board for eight years and believe I have made significant contributions to the District. If elected I hope to continue to make similar contributions for the next 4 years.
The decrease in funding from the Commonwealth of PA. How do you plan to address it? We need to reduce and or eliminate the unnecessary expenditures of “nice to have” items that will NOT adversely impact the quality of education District students deserve and have come to expect.
My hope is to increase the amount of transparency and communication between the administration, the board, the teachers and the general public. Why this change? This should benefit the students of the District. At the “end of the day” our #1 objective should be to provide our students with the best education possible at an affordable price.
I am unable to answer this question since I do not know all of the other candidates. However, I will tell you that I have not and will not automatically “rubber stamp” everything the administration proposes/requests.
I regret not being able to convince my colleagues on the Board to vote against the various derivatives the District entered into 4-5 years ago. The last time I checked the Net Loss on these positions exceeded $1 Million. What would you have done differently and why? If I could ‘turn back the clock’ I would have called Board Members long before the meeting in an attempt to have them better understand the risk associated with these positions.
My first reaction is “Why Not”? We have a great school district that is finally beginning to receive the recognition it deserves. The tax rate is relatively low when compared to other comparable districts in the area. Lastly, we are conveniently located to Downtown Pittsburgh and some of the area’s major thoroughfares.
Most if not all of the teachers in the District have a genuine interest in providing an excellent education for our students; providing them with necessary foundation to succeed in whatever path they decide to pursue after graduating.
Thanks to the efforts of our teachers and administrators our District and its students have made significant progress on a number of educational fronts. My hope is that 4 years from now the quality of our programs and the educational value is even higher than it is today. How will you be instrumental in moving it in that direction? I hope to support the teachers and administrators in continuing the momentum the District currently enjoys.