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DOBOS AND NAGEL AUTHORIZE BFFBP

 

IT'S OFFICIAL--THE PAPERWORK HAS BEEN FILED!

We are excited to announce that Pamela Dobos and Ken Nagel, cross-filed candidates for Bethel Park School Director, have authorized Brighter Futures for BP to be their Candidate's Committee.

This means that BFFBP will now be supporting and accepting contributions on behalf of Mrs. Dobos and Mr. Nagel, candidates on the ballot, as well as Mrs. Janosik and Mr. McGregor, write-in candidates, as we move into the last month before the November 7, 2017 Municipal Election.

We will update our site to reflect a slate of four candidates over the next few days and you may occasionally receive a Page Not Found error as we do so.  Rest assured, BFFBP isn't going anywhere and we'll get things up and running as quickly as we can.

While you're here, please take a moment to click on the Voting button if you need to register to vote (by 10/10/17) or request an absentee ballot, or the Contribute button if you'd like to help us reach as many voters as possible so that we can help bring your vision of Brighter Futures for BP to life!

Thank you for your support and we'll see you at the polls on Tuesday, 11/7/17!

 

 

DON'T WRITE OFF OUR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION--WRITE-IN SHARON AND DARREN FOR BP KIDS!

 

Bethel Park residents Sharon Janosik and Darren McGregor have been deeply concerned by the recent decisions being made by the School Board for the Bethel Park School District that quite clearly do not "Keep Kids First." 

While they support the re-election of Pam Dobos and the election of Ken Nagel to School Director in our District, it has become clear that Pam and Ken will need additional board members who are intimately aware of and understand the concerns of the community as they affect School District operations and, ultimately, property values in Bethel Park.

Please click on our Meet the Candidates page and our Platform page to more about these two dedicated and prepared Write-In Candidates for School Director and the issues that concern them.  If you haven't yet seen the video of the last School Board Meeting, it is available on the News page.

Click on our Volunteer tab to lend a few minutes of your time to our campaign to help ensure that your School Board reflects YOUR concerns and YOUR perspectives as parents, citizens, and property owners of Bethel Park.

Stop by often as we expand and update our site to bring you the information you need to make a sound decision in the Municipal Election for Bethel Park School District School Directors.

This is our chance to bring a more balanced view of students', parents', and property owners' needs and concerns to the decision making body of our School District.

Its well past time to ACTUALLY keep kids first and VOTE for Brighter Futures for Bethel Park!

 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017 1:38 PM

Dobos and Nagel authorize Brighter Futures for BP

IT'S OFFICIAL--THE PAPERWORK HAS BEEN FILED!

We are excited to announce that Pamela Dobos and Ken Nagel, cross-filed candidates for Bethel Park School Director, have authorized Brighter Futures for BP to be their Candidate's Committee.

This means that BFFBP will now be supporting and accepting contributions on behalf of Mrs. Dobos and Mr. Nagel, candidates on the ballot, as well as Mrs. Janosik and Mr. McGregor, write-in candidates, as we move into the last month before the November 7, 2017 Municipal Election.

We will update our site to reflect a slate of four candidates over the next few days and you may occasionally receive a Page Not Found error as we do so.  Rest assured, BFFBP isn't going anywhere and we'll get things up and running as quickly as we can.

While you're here, please take a moment to click on the Voting button if you need to register to vote (by 10/10/17) or request an absentee ballot or the Contribute button if you'd like to help us reach as many voters as possible so that we can help bring your vision of Brighter Futures for BP to life!

Thank you for your support and we'll see you at the polls on Tuesday, 11/7/17!


Wednesday, October 4, 2017 3:00 PM

Voting Deadlines are approaching--take action NOW!

No matter who you're voting for on November 7th, PLEASE take a moment to make sure you are properly registered to cast your ballot.

Want to make sure you are registered?  Click here: https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/Pages/VoterRegistrationStatus.aspx

Would you like to make sure you are eligible to register to vote?  Here you go:  http://www.votespa.com/en-us/register-to-vote/Pages/Voter-Registration-Requirements.aspx

If you need to register, you must do so by TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017!  Most people can register on-line with a valid, current, PA issued Drivers License or ID.  Follow this link to review your options for registering to vote:  http://www.votespa.com/en-us/register-to-vote/Pages/How-to-Register.aspx

Do you need to request an Absentee Ballot?  Click here for the application:  http://www.votespa.com/en-us/Documents/Absentee_Ballot_Application.pdf

Please make sure that you have a plan to register and a plan to vote on Election Day: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2017!

See you at the polls!!

 

 


Wednesday, September 27, 2017 1:11 PM

Thoughts from the 9/26/17 School Board Meeting

Something interesting happened at the School Board meeting last night and I want to share my thoughts about it.

For the last two and a half years, I have been attending almost every single board meeting and advocating for changes in our district’s approach to several issues. I have spoken often about the Open Meetings Act (the Sunshine Law,) transparency, communication, public discussions and explanations, paraprofessionals, the way we staff nurses for duties outside of the buildings, and responsiveness to parent concerns, among many topics. Weary of being ignored, I started sharing what was going on with all of you in the hopes that we could demonstrate that I was not the only one with these concerns. And we have started to do that.

Last night the community discussed the Open Meetings Act, had more transparency, talked about increasing communication, listened to more public discussion and explanations than previously given, hired several paraprofessionals (albeit for positions that are 15 minutes/week shy of being Full Time,) voted to staff some nursing duties through an agency so our nurses can be in the buildings, and heard another offer from the Superintendent to help with student schedules or any other problems.

While these are all great steps in the right direction, we must realize why they’re happening so we can consider whether or not they will continue. It is no coincidence that the changes we are seeing are the changes I’ve been seeking--the changes you’ve been seeking, too. What is being proposed is what I’ve been pushing for. If you’ve been coming to the meetings or watching the recordings, you know how long it took to get to this moment. You couldn’t see how much work was going into my mission along the way—the research, reading, discussions, information gathering, thinking, strategizing…but you could see the perseverance. We have built this movement so that we could be included and have our perspectives be valued; we cannot stop now.

Do you think that this willingness to communicate and address issues is going to continue without parents being elected to serve on the board and be involved in the decision making process? What is happening now is due only to our insistence that we participate in the decisions being made in our public educational system. It is not because our board has been doing this forever, or our board was moving in this direction all along.

It is because the community is discussing how we envision our relationships with all of our educational partners: students/parents, teachers/staff, residents, and leadership. And for that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Truly, nothing makes me happier than to see so many parents paying attention, doing research, and asking questions about educational issues. You should be proud of that, and I am proud of you! We will not all agree on everything; however, it is the public discussion of these matters and how we handle concerns that will shape whether or not we have an open, collaborative, cooperative system.

This is your public school system and board members are officials you elect to represent your concerns in our participatory democracy. I didn’t start representing the concerns of parents and staff last month; I have been doing it for a long time, month after month, pushing us forward so that we have a voice in our government. I want to increase parent engagement with our school system and develop the relationships that allow all of us to feel heard and respected. As we do that, we will all move together towards the brighter future we envision for Bethel Park.

While you’re here, feel free to browse around our site. If you have questions about voting, contributing to our campaign, leaving an endorsement, or contacting us—we have a page for that.

Thank you for your support! Please make sure you are registered to vote and talk to a few neighbors about why this election is important for your family! I look forward to seeing all of you at the polls on Tuesday, November 7th!

-- Sharon Janosik



Sunday, August 27, 2017 8:46 AM

School Board Meeting on 8/22/2017

LATEST NEWS

SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, 8/22/2017

Community members spoke after the business meeting about the transfer of a teacher, who while certified for Special Education, does not have any experience or training to handle the Austism Support middle school classroom to which he was assigned; the scheduling problems at the High School, resulting in students being unable to secure the appropriate level of core classes due to a shortage of available seats; and the lack of a contract renewal for the Paraprofessionals/Aides Educational Support Unit.

Watch the meeting here:

 


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