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Knight Crier to host School Board Candidates Forum

Opportunity to meet and hear from the candidates running for NPSD Board of School Directors in the November 7th election.

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TOWAMENCIN – Last October our country was captivated by the presidential campaign and the many debates that preceded the election. While this year isn’t a presidential election, the local races on the November 7th ballot can have a significant impact on the daily lives of resident, parents, and students in the community.  The North Penn School Board election is coming up this November with four seats open for 4-year terms and one seat open for a 2-year term.

On Wednesday, October 18th, at 7:00pm, North Penn High School’s Auditorium will be the scene of a Town Hall Q and A for the school board candidates to talk about issues in the community and in the schools. The Knight Crier Staff is hosting the School Board Town Hall for the community, so that everyone is able to meet and listen to the candidates running in the election.

Candidates from both the Quality Education Matters and North Penn Neighbors for Progress parties will all be attending, including: Frank O’Donnell, Josie Charnock, Pat McGee,Tom Mancini, Michelle Rupp, Christian Fusco,  Jonathan Kassa, Tina Stoll,  Mark Warren, and Jenna Ott. It is a big year for the School Board election as two incumbents, longtime board members Vince Sherpinsky and Tim Kerr,  are not running for reelection.

Not only is it important for the adults and parents in the North Penn School District, but it is also important for the students and community members. Board decisions directly affect taxes, students’ school environment and facilities, extracurriculars, courses, school policies, and new staffing, among many other issues that confront the NPSD.

“One of the most important aspects of the Town Hall is that it is going to be run by the Knight Crier Staff. It’s a great opportunity for North Penn’s young journalists to use their skills in a way that gives back to the community,” explained Knight Crier Editor in Chief Anissa Gardizy.

At the Town Hall, the Knight Crier Staff will be the moderators, timekeepers, narrators, organizers, publishers, and coordinators. There are a total of 10 issues that could be brought up such as Facilities, Taxes, Budget, NP’s Diverse Population, School/Class Size, Charter Schools/Vouchers, Drug Use/Safety, Full Day Kindergarten, Inclusion, and Innovation. Before the question is asked, a Knight Crier staff member will provide a brief summary about the issue, informing the audience about the topic. Following the initial question and answer, the moderators will monitor a brief discussion.

Community question submissions are encouraged, but must be submitted ahead of time. Community members in interested in posing a question to the candidates can email the question submission to [email protected] and include your name, town, and question. There will  also be a chance to enter question submissions before the Town Hall, at a table located that evening in the NPHS auditorium lobby. Questions submissions will be accepted up until 6:45pm.  

“The Town Hall is important because the North Penn community will gain useful information which will help them elect the best members to the school board. Its also important to the students because it is an easy way for them to learn how elections and government affect them directly. Some of our students will be eligible to vote for the first time in November; this forum is a great way for them to brush up on the issues that affect our school,” added Knight Crier Executive Editor Mikaela Mosley.

 

WHAT: NP SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES TOWN HALL Q and A

WHEN: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18th, 2017;  7:00pm

WHERE: NORTH PENN HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

WHO: OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

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2 Responses to “Knight Crier to host School Board Candidates Forum”

  1. Mike on October 17th, 2017 2:32 pm

    I really don’t think it’s fair as I use my car to take my kids to school .as same people take bus to school pay same taxes .my gas. Insurance .mileage .wear tear .should be some kind break for people that use there cars for school .or put kids on bus should not matter where they live .northwales school needs up dated .open play ground any one can get on there .not teacher in site intill 9am.kids should be allowbto enter school by 845.ehy should kids be out side in rain cold snow .kids that get breakfast have very little time they get in there at 9am have to be in school 905.how does that work .how can kids learn in k.sd they go from 905.to 1155.there is no way to learn anything in that amount time .kids that walk home at noon no crossing guard main street. School. Kids are not sage walking to school as sidevwalks block .trees .blocking sidewalk .. trash cans blocking .makes kids walk out in street .

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    Diane M. R. Ennis Reply:

    My question concerns the NP district decision to allow class size grow to 30 students and the relationship of that choice (if any) to the full- inclusion policy of the dictrict.

    I personally feel it is past time to reconsider these numbers and budget more appropriately in the coming year (s) for a larger and more diverse population of students. This, of course will mean budgeting for additional full-time teachers from the beginning of the year.

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