We want to thank all of our supporters for an amazing year. Here are a few things you can do over the summer to keep the momentum going strong.
1. Please continue to attend school board meetings. All meetings start at 7pm and are scheduled for the following dates:
- June 19=Work Session
- June 26=Regular Meeting
- July 17=Combined Meeting
2. Please remove all SaveNASchools yard signs from your lawn for the summer and store them in your garage. We will need them again this fall.
3. Please mark your calendar for Thursday, August 22! SaveNASchools will be hosting a pool party at the McCandless Swim Club to kick off the new school year. Details will be announced closer to the date.
Also, as you attend neighborhood gatherings and other events this summer, please keep in mind the following three points with respect to the SaveNASchools platform.
- The group was founded on the principal of keeping ALL SEVEN elementary schools open to preserve NA’s successful education model.
- The group has promoted (1) operating classes within the district’s class size guidelines and, (2) preserving programs in academics, arts, and athletics.
- The group’s vision is to move the district forward with initiatives that will raise revenue and avoid annual tax increases.
North Allegheny School Board Winners: Time for ‘New Ideas’
Propelled by their unified opposition to closing any of North Allegheny’s elementary schools, newcomers Scott Russell and Tara Fisher, along with incumbent Ralph Pagone swept both parties’ primaries for North Allegheny school director Tuesday.
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Primary 2013/North: Small turnout equals some big changes
The results for North Allegheny school board show “there is a strong sentiment to move the district forward with new ideas and initiatives,” said Tara Fisher, who won nominations for the Republican and Democratic ballots in November, according to unofficial results from the Allegheny County Elections Division.
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Slate opposing school closure sweeps North Allegheny primary
The slate of candidates endorsed by a group opposed to the closing of Peebles Elementary School captured slots on both tickets for the North Allegheny School Board.
The three candidates who will appear on both tickets are Scott Russell, an IT director for General Nutrition Centers; Tara Zimmerman Fisher, a part-time business professor at the University of Pittsburgh; and Ralph Pagone, a regional manager for Richard Goettle, Inc.
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In a local election, every vote counts. Please get out and vote today. Your vote can make all the difference!
Vote FISHER-PAGONE-RUSSELL and don’t select a fourth candidate on your ballot. Thank you for your support!
Please only vote for three candidates at the polls tomorrow-FISHER-PAGONE-RUSSELL. Do not select a fourth candidate on your ballot. This is a common practice in elections where several candidates are vying for only a few spots. It will help our 3 candidates be amongst the top vote getters once the votes are totaled.
The machine will notify you that you have an “incomplete ballot.” Simply choose to “continue” and submit your ballot.
The top 4 vote getters are the only names that will appear on the ballot in November. Only vote FISHER-PAGONE-RUSSELL!
A sample Republican ballot and a sample Democrat ballot are shown below.
Posted: May 18, 2013 in Community Information
Tags: Dan Hubert, Fisher, Linda Bishop, Maureen Grosheider, NA United, North Allegheny School District, Phil Troy, Russell, Schwartzmier, Wenig
Many NA residents have now seen large signs and received campaign information from a group calling themselves “NA United.” The group’s slogan is, “Fund Education, Not Empty Classrooms.” Here is what you should know:
- “NA United” is comprised of a small group of people, primarily from Marshall Township, including Board President Maureen Grosheider, Board Member Linda Bishop, and Vice Chairman of the Marshall Township Board of Supervisors, Phil Troy.
- Metadata retrieved from a Microsoft Word document being circulated by “NA United” identifies Ms. Bishop’s husband as the author of the document and the North Allegheny School District as the company. In our opinion, this begs the question—was Ms. Bishop, or any other member of “NA United,” using taxpayer-funded District resources for political purposes? A copy of the metadata report is shown below.
- Ms. Bishop, Mr. Troy, and Ms. Grosheider want to see Dan Hubert re-elected and the status-quo preserved. Mr. Hubert has been on the school board since 1999. In an effort to maintain control, the “NA United” group has made several attempts to discredit newcomers Fisher and Russell. This is most directly evidenced by Mr. Troy contacting PFA and PTA presidents, who are precluded from taking a political position, and encouraging them to endorse Hubert-Wenig-Schwartzmier. Mr. Troy is also responsible for spreading false rumors that Fisher and Russell would close Bradford Woods.
Meanwhile, no fear-mongering or negative campaigning has been undertaken by the other township organizations that are supporting candidates in this election. These groups have played by the rules in an effort to protect the integrity of the political process and allow the best candidates to prevail.
1) All three candidates have a vested interest in providing a quality education to students across the district–they are parents with elementary, middle, and high school students at North Allegheny. These candidates advocated for extra sections to correct class size, which is now included in the district’s 2013-14 plan.
2) All three candidates possess a strong skill set for moving the district forward–Ms. Fisher is a business professor and CPA, Mr. Pagone is a manager for an engineering/construction company, and Mr. Russell is an IT Director. These candidates advocated for new initiatives with respect to technology and STEM education, which are now included in the district’s 2013-14 plan.
3) All three candidates are proponents of financial stewardship–they believe the district should budget and plan for future obligations to ensure the best use of taxpayer funds. These candidates advocated for a PSERS reserve fund, which is now included in the district’s 2013-2014 plan.
4) All three candidates are advocates for the community–they believe residents should have a voice in matters that impact them. These candidates advocated for a community advisory committee to explore cost saving measures, which is now included in the district’s 2013-2014 plan.
5) All three candidates received a public school education and understand the value of public schools in our community–Ms. Fisher and Mr. Pagone are graduates of North Allegheny, and Mr. Russell is a graduate of Penn Hills. These candidates advocated for preserving the district’s successful education model, which postponed the vote on the closure of Peebles Elementary.