I have been a community member living in Centennial School District since 1984, residing in Warminster until 2005 and then moving to Southampton, where I currently reside. I have represented Southampton as one of its three Region One School Directors since 2007, but; I do my very best to represent the interest of all Centennial School District residents at all times. I have never missed a meeting of the Board of School Directors and always study every issue. I have also attended almost every committee meeting (even if I am not a member of the committee holding a particular meeting). Of the few meetings I have missed, half were to attend to other business of Centennial School District.
My family and I care deeply for the District and all its participants. You will find me supporting as many events as possible, sometimes as many as one or two per day. I make myself available for any community member and make it my practice to respond to every inquiry the same day, whenever possible. While I attended Central High School (in addition to PCT&S, Peirce and Temple) in Philadelphia, all three of my children are Centennial Alumni [Jaclyn, Class of 2002 (a teacher in neighboring district), Brooke, Class of 2004 (works in the restaurant industry), and; Leland, Class of 2008 (an Emergency Medical Technician).
In the years before my election to the Board of School Directors, I served on Centennial School District’s Citizens’ Policy Committee and Technology Subcommittee. Many of you will also know me from my several years of service to our various community organizations, including service as a coach, commissioner and/or officer of Warminster Baseball/Softball Association, Warminster Soccer Club, Warminster Basketball Association, Southampton Softball and am also a registered sports official with Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association where I have been selected three times as the lead official for the Special Olympics Men’s Soccer Championship held at Villanova University.
The challenges for any nine people to run a school district like ours are complex, especially in the face of massive funding cuts threatened by Governor Corbett. Over the last two years, I have supported the goal of our Board President to bring full day kindergarten to Centennial School District, attending the Early Childhood Education Summit in 2009 and 2010 at State College.
Further, my Board Colleagues and I regularly face obstacles created by unfriendly legislation that works to impose higher taxes on our District’s taxpayers. In an attempt to combat these issues and to advocate on behalf of students across the Commonwealth, my peers in other school districts have elected me to represent Lower Bucks County’s eight school districts and two career technical centers as Area Director for Pennsylvania School Boards Association. I am the Bucks County Legislative Coordinator for PSBA, I serve on PSBA’s Legislative Policy Council, and; I have been appointed by PSBA to a national post as a liaison to National School Board Association’s Federal Relations Network. Part of my role with NSBA includes membership on NSBA’s “Teacher/Principal Effectiveness Committee”, where I serve with many leaders for education reform across the USA.
Lastly, I am co-chair of the Keystone State Education Coalition which is a grassroots organization of 150 Pennsylvania School Districts having 300+ members in all areas of service (school directors, superintendents, directors of business administration, etc…). KeySEC is continually lobbying for your interests as a student, teacher, administrator, parent or community member. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about my service.