Jim Salvas, Chair
West Chester Democratic Committee
A Better Direction for WCASD, 5/14/15
De·cid·ing adj. – Determining or able to determine an outcome
On Tuesday, May 19, 2015, to the polling places will go civic-minded West Chester Area School District residents. It is an off-year election, mostly consisting of county and township level contests – row officers, judges, supervisors and school board.
Although it is an off-year election, know that Primary Election Day, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, directly impacts your quality of life. These races are about your county, school district and township taxes, your property value, the environment, and the strength of your community.
Every school board election brings change to a school district. The Better Direction candidates want to continue to build upon our district’s successes. West Chester ranks in the top 1% of school districts in Pennsylvania according to PA School Performance Profile and has been named to the Annual AP District Honor Roll by the College Board five years running. All three high schools are ranked in the top 100 high schools in PA and the top 500 high schools nationwide. WCASD maintains the lowest school property millage rate in the county. Voting on May 19, 2015 for the Better Direction for West Chester school board candidates is a powerful way to support student success and strengthen our community and property values.
Voting is your chance to stand up for the issues you believe in; do not skip it.
Region 1: Kate Shaw and Sue Tiernan
Region 2: Samantha Bloom and Matt Morley
Region 3: Gary J. Bevilacqua
Despite some conservative opposition, a new 3-region voting plan passed tonight by the West Chester Area School Board (WCASB). With one director absent, the final vote is 6-2 in favor of the map below.
The Borough of West Chester (purple) is in the new Region 1, along with most of West Goshen. If approved by our courts, our local voters will have greater input in selecting board directors who represent us.
No longer will just a few municipalities —or one party— control school board elections. More importantly, communication between board directors and their constituents becomes closer and directors become more responsive to residents.
Hi Friends –
I am writing to ask you to vote this coming Tuesday Nov 5th for Chester, Kaliner, McCune and Swalm for WCASD school board.
The incumbent slate (appearing as Republicans on the ballot) is funded by an organization led by Colin Hanna, an ex Chester County Commissioner who has been called “The New Norquist.” Hanna is a national political power broker who recently fought to keep the government shut down, who wants to push a social agenda in public schools, who speaks for the radical Tea Party on national news shows, and who wants to funnel taxpayer money intended for public schools into private schools – which effectively defunds public education. Please ask yourself: Why are Carpenter, Coyle, Latorre and Pimley taking money from Colin Hanna’s political group?
Personally, I view this as a clear and troubling conflict of interest. Our public school board members are supposed to be advocates for public education. They are supposed to be wise managers of the money we pay in to public schools. They are supposed be stewards of our children’s future, not mouthpieces for a crazy political movement. They are supposed to ensure that radical social agendas – from either end of the spectrum – do not make their way into our schools. They are supposed to adhere to the National School Board Association’s code of ethics, which states that school board members must “refuse to surrender judgment to individuals or special interest groups” and “avoid being placed in a position of conflict of interest.”
Joyce Chester, Robin Kaliner, Chris McCune and Ricky Swalm are moderate candidates who believe in the benefits that a quality public education offers our children. They understand that a quality school district is the cornerstone of a prosperous community, no matter where you may send your own kids to school. Three of these candidates are registered Republicans, even though they will appear as Democrats on your ballot. For what it’s worth, I know these candidates personally and, although I don’t always agree with them, I respect their integrity, their independence, and their strong commitment to our schools.
Please join me and your many other concerned neighbors, and kick politics out of education.
Vote for CHESTER, KALINER, MCCUNE and SWALM this coming Tuesday November 5th.
Please forward this on to your friends and neighbors.
Download (much higher visual clarity) pdf here: Dinniman endorsement
from A Better Direction for West Chester, 10/30/13
De·cid·ing adj. : Determining or able to determine an outcome
On the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November to the polling places will go civic-minded residents. It is an off-year election, mostly consisting of county and township level contests – row officers, judges, supervisors and school board.
Although it is an off year election, know that Election Day, Tuesday, November 5th, directly impacts your life.
These races are about your county, school district and township taxes, your property value, the national and state ranking of your school district, the environment, and the strength of your community.
Every school board election brings change to a school district, but this election represents a turning point for West Chester. Our students deserve a board that is committed to public education over ideology, and our residents understand that our property values stay strong when our community stays strong.
Joyce Chester, Robin Kaliner, Chris McCune and Ricky Swalm are determined to move the West Chester Area School District’s present ranking up to the highest performing district in the region.
Voting is your chance to stand up for the issues you believe in; do not skip it,
DECIDE and VOTE.
VOTE ON NOVEMBER 5TH FOR
CHESTER ● KALINER● McCUNE● SWALM
FOR WEST CHESTER AREA SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTOR
Polls are open 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
9/20 meet and greet
Also, hear an interview with the candidates by Bill Mason at WCHE, 10/7/13.
For context, see also, from WestChesterTeach:
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