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Please be aware that Maureen Grosheider or her supporters are trying to confuse voters with election signs from the 2007 school board election. These signs are appearing across the District.

The 2007 signs list Grosheider’s name with four other candidates—THESE OTHER CANDIDATES ARE NOT ON THE 2015 BALLOT.

2007 Election sign

Please remember to vote for a team of candidates committed to moving NA forward.

On November 3, vote Blackburn, Disque, Filiaggi, Finley, Mahler, McClure, and Meyer!

 

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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_Libby BlackburnLibby Blackburn is a life-long resident of McCandless. She attended Ingomar Elementary, Ingomar Middle, NAI, and graduated with honors from North Allegheny in 1982. She attended Bucknell University and Kenyon College, earning her degree in 1986. Mrs. Blackburn retired recently after working for USAirways for 27 years. She has been married to her husband, Mike, for over twenty years, and has twin boys in ninth grade at NAI.

Mrs. Blackburn has extensive volunteer experience in our community. She has been a ministry leader at Ingomar United Methodist Church, and board member for the Ingomar Franklin Park Athletic Association and for Ingomar Swim Club. Before becoming a School Board member, she served on the Superintendent-Parent Liaison Committee, Elementary Advisory Committee, Professional Education Committee, and Superintendent’s Planning Committee. Mrs. Blackburn also served as President of the Ingomar Elementary Parent Teacher Organization and was chair of the NA Foundation.

Mrs. Blackburn was elected to the School Board in 2011. She is seeking her second term this year.  She sits on the Beattie Tech Board and has had Transportation and Special Education & Pupil Services as her board folders. She also served on the Summer Recreation Board and was the Legislative Chair for Beattie Tech. Mrs. Blackburn believes North Allegheny must find alternate revenue sources and remain vigilant with our legislators to make sure Pennsylvania finds a fair funding solution for our schools. As chair of the NA Foundation, she was instrumental in the Foundation becoming eligible for the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program, and in obtaining the funds it has received. As a taxpayer with children currently attending NAI, Libby Blackburn wants to ensure North Allegheny maintains its elite educational status while keeping taxes low.

Mrs. Blackburn 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

At this week’s school board meeting, Mr. Pagone and Mr. Jacobs continued to challenge colleagues over the proposed plan to close Peebles.  Mr. Pagone made a motion to indefinitely postpone the public hearing and it was seconded by Mr. Jacobs.  The only challenge to the motion was from Ms. Ludwig, which prompted a heated exchange.  You can watch a video of the exchange by linking to the article on the NA Patch website.

The administration has proposed closing Peebles Elementary, but the school board is still undecided on the issue. It is the 9 school board members who have the power to close a building. The administration does NOT have power to do anything other than make the recommendation.

SaveNASchools encourages all North Allegheny residents to get involved in the effort to SAVE ALL SEVEN elementary schools in the district.

Top Ten Ways To Get Involved

  1. Attend the January 30th Public Hearing at 7pm in the Carson Middle School Auditorium
  2. Register to speak by emailing school board secretary, Rose Mary Ryan rryan@northallegheny.org
  3. Sign up as at www.savenaschools.com to receive information and updates
  4. Forward the emails from SaveNASchools to friends and neighbors
  5. Like our Facebook page
  6. Write a letter to the editor at the Post Gazette or Tribune Review
  7. Contact school board members by mail or by phone
  8. Invite friends and neighbors to attend the Jan. 30th hearing with you
  9. Volunteer to distribute flyers about the Public Hearing in your neighborhood (email us!)
  10. Email savenaschools@gmail.com with other ideas.

School board members Ralph Pagone and Chris Jacobs voted “no” to scheduling a public hearing for the closure of Peebles. Thus, they already agree that proceeding with closing Peebles, given the current facts, is not in the best interest of the district.

The following three school board members are open-minded, friendly, and still undecided on the issue. If you want to write a letter or make a phone call to a school board member, we recommend focusing your efforts on these three members. As a taxpayer and citizen, it is your democratic right to lobby elected officials.  The contact information for all school board members is made public on the district’s website. It has been provided here for your convenience.

  • Libby Blackburn 1015 Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 412-364-0314
  • Joseph Greenberg, Ph.D. 1000 Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 412-635-9520
  • Thomas C. Schwartzmier 2538 Cole Road, Wexford, PA 15090 724-935-4964

Additional members of the school board include:

  • Maureen M. Grosheider, President 103 Quail Hollow Lane, Wexford, PA 15090 724-935-2134
  • Daniel E. Hubert, Vice President 200 Wally Nue Court, Wexford, PA 15090 724-935-1355
  • Linda Bishop 1180 Woodland Road, Baden, PA 15005 724-772-2371
  • Beth A. Ludwig 231 Edelweiss Drive, Wexford, PA 15090 724-933-0234
  • *Christopher M. Jacobs 3966 N. Monet Court, Allison Park, PA 15101 412-487-1479
  • *Ralph J. Pagone 8761 Casa Grande Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15237 412-635-7155 (work)