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North suburban school district reorganizations

Tara Fisher was elected president and Kevin Mahler, vice-president. Mrs. Fisher had been acting president since March.

Seven of nine members were sworn into office by District Judge William Wagner, the large number occurring because of two-year terms resulting from resignations. Returning incumbents are Mr. Mahler, Libby Blackburn, Michael Meyer and Richard McClure. Mr. Meyer and Mr. McClure had been appointed to fill vacancies, and Mr. Mahler was originally elected to a two-year term. New members are Christopher Disque, Suzanne Filiaggi and Christopher Finley.

Christopher Jacobs did not seek re-election, and Joseph Greenberg and 20-year veteran Maureen Grosheider were defeated in their re-election bids. Most of the successful candidates had been endorsed by Save NA Schools, a group formed three years ago to fight larger elementary class sizes and the potential closing of Peebles Elementary School.

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North Allegheny superintendent lauds parents and students

The annual Report of Student Achievement gives the North Allegheny School District “much to celebrate,” but substitute superintendent Robert Scherrer was quick to give credit, not just to district employees, but also to parents and the students themselves.

“We thank you for all your efforts each and every day,” Mr. Scherrer said during the board’s Dec. 2 reorganization meeting. “We focus on the whole child and strive to support each student academically, emotionally and socially, allowing each student to find success in a changing world.”

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Mark your calendars!

Save NA Schools will be hosting a “Meet the Candidates” event at Sir Pizza (located at the corner of Sewickley-Oakmont & Rochester Road) on Sunday, November 1st from 12-2pm. Join us for pizza and soft drinks as we support 7 of the 8 School Board candidates on the ballot in the general election. We look forward to seeing you there!

Endorsed Candidates on the Ballot for the 4-Year Term

Kevin Mahler

Mike Meyer

Libby Blackburn

Chris Finley

Chris Disque

Endorsed Candidates on the Ballot for the 2-Year Term

Suzanne Filiaggi

Richard McClure

Please note that Richard McClure was not on the ballot during the primary election. He was recently appointed to the Board to fill the seat vacated by Tom Schwartzmier. Save NA Schools is supporting Richard McClure in the general election.

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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!

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

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