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The Save NA Schools group continued to rack up victories for school board seats.

The group’s endorsed slate of three incumbents and three newcomers swept the Republican nominations for four- and two-year terms. Incumbent Joe Greenberg was defeated on both ballots, and longtime incumbent Maureen Grosheider’s name will appear only on the Democratic ballot in November.

Candidates whose names will appear on both tickets are incumbents Kevin Mahler, Libby Blackburn and Michael Meyer and newcomer Chris Finley for four-year terms, and newcomer Suzanne Filiaggi for a two-year term. Mrs. Blackburn was elected four years ago and Mr. Mahler two years ago. Mr. Meyer was appointed to the board last year.

Newcomer Chris Disque of McCandless won a Republican nomination and longtime incumbent Mrs. Grosheider won a Democratic nomination.

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Incumbent North Allegheny School Board member Joseph Greenberg did not make it past the May 19 primary, but the other candidates will move on to the general election in November, according to unofficial results from the Allegheny County Elections Division.

Challenger Suzanne Filiaggi received both the Democratic and Republican nominations for a two-year term and has won that seat unless there is a successful write-in campaign. She beat incumbent Maureen Grosheider, who sought only the Republican nomination for that seat.

“Transparency and accountability — that’s what we believe, and we are all humbled by the opportunity to serve as directors,” said Suzanne M. Filiaggi, 46. of Franklin Park. She was part of a slate that also included fellow challengers Christopher Disque and Christopher Finley and incumbents Libby Blackburn, Kevin Mahler and Michael C. Meyer.

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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 Today to keep NA moving forward!

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Two years ago, a bipartisan group of NA residents came together to advocate for change on the North Allegheny School Board.   At that time, most of the school board members had been on the Board for over a decade, including Maureen Grosheider–who has been on the Board for 2 decades.
 
Under Grosheider’s Leadership, NA lacked a long-term strategic plan:
  1. The Board raised taxes for 3 years in a row (2010, 2011, and 2012).
  2. Inaccurate projections led to the recommendation to close an elementary school–the District projected an $8 million deficit, but ended the year with a $5 million surplus and an increase in elementary enrollment.
  3. Elementary classes operated above class size guidelines (11 sections were above the guidelines at the start of the 2012-13 school year).
  4. Classroom technology fell behind comparator districts (including Hampton and North Hills).
  5. The District was not compliant with Board Policy #4125–which requires that the District maintain a Citizen’s Advisory Committee to provide feedback on important District matters.
As a result of these issues, the district-wide movement to Save NA Schools took hold and 3 new members were elected to the NA School Board.  After the 2013 election, board members chose new board leadership and began the process of moving NA forward.
 
Under New Board Leadershipthe following changes have occurred:
 
  1. A new Budget and Finance Committee, comprised of 3 Board Members, was created to help prioritize District expenditures and develop a long-term plan with respect to fiscal management and tax increases.
  2. A new Technology Advisory Committee, comprised of teachers, parents, and taxpayers, was created to provide a variety of stakeholders with the opportunity to develop recommendations around advancing classroom technology. 
  3. A new Elementary Class Size Policy was created to provide guidelines for determining the number of elementary sections at the start of the year.
  4. A new Alternative Revenue Initiative was created for soliciting “payments in lieu of taxes” from large, non-profit organizations that reside in the District and benefit from the NA brand.  
  5. A new Citizen’s Advisory Committee was reinstated to give NA constituents the opportunity to provide feedback on important District matters.
 
As you can see, many positive changes have occurred under new board leadership.  We believe it’s important to keep that momentum going.  
 
Vote FILIAGGI, FINLEY, MAHLER, MEYER, DISQUE, & BLACKBURN on May 19th to Move NA Forward!

Watch the new candidate video by clicking here or on the link below.

For more information on the candidates, their platform, and the May 19 election, please go to the following link: www.moveNAforward.com

 

pic_Chris DisqueChris Disque grew up in Mt. Lebanon and graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School. He has a Bachelors Degree and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.  Mr. Disque is an IT Manager and Financial Planning and Reporting Application Developer at Kadmon Pharmaceuticals in Marshall Township. He has been an IT professional for 16 years and has worked across the US and Europe on various system implementations.

Mr. Disque and his wife, Kim, moved to McCandless 6 years ago.  Together they have 2 students at Peebles Elementary School; Evelyn, 9, is in third grade, and Max, 6, is in kindergarten.  Mr. Disque coaches with the North Allegheny Soccer Club and Little Penguins Learn to Play Hockey programs.

Mr. Disque believes that North Allegheny needs to enhance the annual budget process to better meet the financial needs of the district.  His experience in solving complex financial planning problems enable him to help the board build more accurate financial forecasts, which significantly increase efficiency.  In addition, his work on large system implementations will provide insights and understanding related to project management.  Mr. Disque’s goal is to ensure North Allegheny’s success, now and in the future.

Mr. Disque is running for a four year seat.

For more information on the candidates and their platform, please click on the following link: www.moveNAforward.com

pic_Mike Meyer Mike Meyer lives with his wife, Stephanie, and their two children, Brady and Carson, in Marshall Township. They made the decision to move to this area from Shadyside as their children approached school age.  The decision to move to Marshall was based on the belief that North Allegheny would provide outstanding educational opportunities for their children. His experience thus far has confirmed that the decision was a good one.

Mr. Meyer has an undergraduate degree from IUP in Communications and he has a graduate degree in Athletic Administration from West Chester University. He spent seven years working in college athletics in various capacities and is now entering his twenty-first year as the General Sales Manager of the Steelers Radio Network, a property run by iHeartMedia, formerly Clear Channel.

Mr. Meyer has served as a member of the School Board since August of 2014 when he was appointed by the Board to to fill a vacant seat.

As a parent of two young boys, Mr. Meyer has a vested interest in the future of the District.  He hopes to utilize his business background and professional experience to find solutions for the many issues that will confront North Allegheny in the next few years including financial challenges, technology growth, and the need for a long-term plan to generate alternative revenue streams. Mr. Meyer is eager to continue to commit his time and energy to continuing the success that North Allegheny has achieved.

Mr. Meyer is running for a four year seat.

For more information on the candidates and their platform, please click on the following link: www.moveNAforward.com

The Republican and Democratic Primary Ballots are shown below.

To read more about the election, visit our endorsement website at www.movenaforward.com.  Please share this link with family and friends.

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