Archive for November, 2013

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North Allegheny annual reports: Growing school enrollment strains capital projects budget

Enrollment continues to climb slightly in North Allegheny School District.  And, although the district’s 12 schools can handle the enrollment, capital projects will have to be done in order to keep the buildings in good shape.

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North Allegheny school board OKs hires, promotions

North Allegheny school board members approved three administrative appointments, honored departing board members and heard more concerns from parents in Franklin Park and Marshall about proposed redistricting.

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SaveNASchools was recently featured in the latest issue of IN North Allegheny.  Click on the links below to read the article.

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IN North Allegheny is a free, quarterly magazine direct mailed to homes in Bradford Woods, Franklin Park, McCandless, and Marshall Township. For more information on the publication, please click here.

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Several parents of children from Franklin Elementary School complained to school directors about a redistricting plan that would move their children out of the overcrowded school on Rochester Road in Franklin Park.

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A slate of candidates opposed to closing an elementary school and higher elementary class sizes will hold four seats on the school board.

Because three candidates endorsed by the Save NA Schools group won nomination in May on both the Democratic and Republican tickets, the race was basically between incumbents Thomas Schwartzmier on the Republican ballot and Daniel Hubert on the Democratic ballot for the fourth four-year term.

Mr. Schwartzmier received 62 percent of more than 5,300 votes to defeat Mr. Hubert. Tara Zimmerman Fisher, who received the most votes (4,917), Scott Russell and incumbent Ralph Pagone were the other winners.

“It’s incredible to see what has been achieved by a group of thoughtful, committed residents in this district,” said Mrs. Fisher, a 1994 graduate of North Allegheny.

Mr. Russell said he was “excited to serve as a school director for North Allegheny. “I look forward to working with the current and new board members.”

“The results of yesterday’s election were a huge win for the current students, future students, and taxpayers of the North Allegheny School District,” Mr. Pagone said.

“Thank you to our friends and citizens for being informed and educated voters, and congratulations on having your voices heard.”

A candidate endorsed by Save NA Schools also took the two-year term created when Beth Ludwig resigned.

Kevin Mahler, who was running as an Independent, defeated the endorsed Republican candidate, Gary Wenig. The Democrats did not nominate a candidate for the special election.

“I greatly appreciate the efforts of everyone who helped with my campaign,” Mr. Mahler said. “As a school director, I will work hard to represent the best interests of the whole NA community.”

With the election, seven of the nine school board seats will be held by McCandless residents. Mr. Schwartzmier lives in Franklin Park, while board President Maureen Grosheider lives in Marshall. Linda Bishop, who also lives in Marshall, did not seek re-election.

— Sandy Trozzo

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A huge thank you to the NA community for voting to MOVE THE DISTRICT FORWARD!

The election results, per the Allegheny County Elections Division, are shown below:

School Director- 4 year seat

Tara Zimmerman Fisher= 4917

Scott Russell = 4874

Ralph J. Pagone = 4812

Thomas C. Schwartzmier = 3310

Daniel E. Hubert = 2039

School Director- 2 year seat

Kevin Mahler =  3283

Gary S. Wenig = 2591

In a local election, every vote counts.  Please get out and vote today!

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Vote FISHERPAGONERUSSELL for a 4-year term on the NA SCHOOL BOARD.

Vote MAHLER for a 2-year term on the NA SCHOOL BOARD.

Do not to select the “straight party” voting option.  Instead, make individual candidate selections.

Thank you for your support!

When you enter the voting booth on Tuesday, November 5, your first option will be to vote a “straight-party” ticket.  Do not choose this option.  Proceed by voting for individual candidates on each section of the ballot.

If you select the “Straight Party Option” to vote Republican or Democrat, Kevin Mahler will not get your vote for a 2-year term on the school board.  Mr. Mahler is running as an Independent.  He will only get your vote if you chose to make individual candidate selections.

The first two pages of the ballot are shown below for your convenience.

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