Four seats are up for grabs on the North Penn School Board. Josie Charnock, a Republican, says the current board has done its job for students and taxpayers.
“The district tax increase for the 2013-14 school year was once again one of the lowest in Montgomery County. We ranked 5th lowest of 21 school districts.”
Charnock is running with current board members,Vince Sherpinsky, Tim Kerr and Frank O’Donnell. Charnock says two of the big issues will be teacher contracts and pension. Charnock was a guest on the AM Edition Monday morning.
Campaign signs are blanketing the local landscape in anticipation of election day on November 5th. Tim Kerr, Vice President of the North Penn School Board, is seeking another term. Kerr says, addressing costs and salary increases will be a priority if he’s re-elected.
“I certainly get along with union leadership, I’m willing to sit down and work with them. They need to be realistic as to what is out there and what taxpayers are willing to do.”
Kerr is running on the Republican ticket.
One of the Democrats running for a seat on the North Penn School Board says he will treat everyone with respect. An important aspect that Murali Balaji believes is missing, particularly when interacting with teachers.
“What we will do is listen to them and we will negotiate fairly.”
Balaji and Kerr were guests on the AM Edition Thursay morning
The November elections are quickly approaching for a variety of posts, including seats on the North Penn School Board. Tina Stoll is running for the board. Stoll says, changing the environment is one her main concerns.
“We have a district with 40 thousand taxpayers and 13 thousand students. You would think that more people would want to be involved. We just think that people are not encouraged to be involved.”
Stoll is running on the Democratic ticket. Meanwhile, with 16 years on the North Penn School Board, Frank O’Donnell is looking for a 5th term on the board. According O’Donnell, who’s running on the Republican ticket, nothing could be further from the truth about involving people in the process, including his own outreach.
“I talk to the Principals, I talk to the teaches, I talk to the parents. We have a great board. We interact well with people and each other.”
O’Donnell and Stoll were guests on the AM Edition Wednesday morning with darryl Berger.
The Network of Victim Assistance or NOVA, a Bucks County non profit, is reaching out to school children who are the targets of bullying. Nova’s Elementary Education Coordinator, Mary Worthington says, it’s important for the parents of a child who’s being bullied to know the details.
“Where is the hot spot, where is it happening, how often is it happening, who is there when it’s happening and who is not there when it’s happening.”
Worthington adds, those facts are important if parents decide to file a complaint with the school’s administration. Nova offers a 24-hour hotline for victims at 1-800-675-6900