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Council Rock School District School Director Region 3

4 YR TERM. A school board is a legislative body of citizens called school directors, who are elected locally by their fellow citizens and who serve as the governing body of each public school district. Each board consists of nine members who serve four-year terms of office. Unlike most other elected officials, school directors receive no compensation for their work. Principal duties include appointing and/or dismissing superintendents, principals and teachers; levying school taxes; purchasing land; locating new buildings; adopting textbooks and courses of study; fixing salaries of teachers and other appointees of the Board.

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    Paula Barson

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    Bob Hickey

Información Biográfica

What concerns or issues prompted you to run for School Board, and how do you propose to address them?

Beyond your education and experience listed above, what makes you particularly qualified to perform the duties of a School Board Director?

What priority will you place on DEI training for district teachers and staff?

What, if anything, would you change about the current health and safety plan that has been implemented in your school district and what sources would inform your decision?

Experience 20+ years at CHOP, 10+ years directing musicals at CRSD Schools, President of CR South Choir Parents Association, Member of CR Capital Planning Committee, PTO member at Rolling Hills and HMS
Education B.S. Communications Disorders, Penn State University, M.A. Speech/Language Pathology, Temple University
As an advocate for extra-curricular programs, I know how difficult the past year has been for our students, families, and teachers. My heart is in the district and I decided to run to make sure our kids get back to school safely and to do so in a way that is not burdensome to our taxpayers. I am up for the challenge and plan to collaborate with all of our Council Rock stakeholders. I am so grateful for the excellent education my children received in Council Rock and want to make sure the district’s legacy of excellence is upheld and expanded. I want every child to feel cared for and to graduate with a well-rounded education that will carry them through life no matter what path they take.
As a long-time CR resident, I know how much a positive educational experience can leave a lasting impact. Working with school-aged children as both a pediatric Speech-Language Pathologist and as a director, I know the keys children need for success. While my heart is in the success of our kids, I know that not all CRSD residents have children in the district. I have a long history of budget management during crises. During the fallout of the recession, I served as the President of the CR South Choir Parents Association. I worked with our board to maintain the quality of our award-winning choir without increasing costs to students and families. During the pandemic, I embraced the role of fiscal steward at CHOP and was at the forefront of instituting telehealth visits for my patients. I was able to provide care and help generate revenue to support our institution at a challenging time. I am always looking to innovate and I know how to control expenses without sacrificing quality.
On July 30, 2020, the school board unanimously approved an anti-racism resolution which included establishing a district-wide diversity and inclusion team and hiring an outside consultant to conduct a diversity-focused curricular audit. The district has made a good start but even more can be done. As the resolution states; “We must better educate ourselves and seek to educate the community on the historical and current impact of racism and discrimination on our students, families and communities, as well as understanding our role in perpetuating such inequity.” This topic is a high priority and should be discussed at public meetings for transparency and community feedback. We need to ensure access to learning materials that support this resolution for teachers and students.
Federal, state and local health agencies are aligned. Therefore, we need to follow the recommendations of the PA Department of Health, CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Bucks County Board of Health. I firmly believe this is an ongoing conversation and should be re-addressed as circumstances and local conditions shift. There is one thing everyone can agree on: In-person instruction for all students. At this moment I believe masks are a temporary part of that solution, in accordance with the PA Department of Health mandate, until we can lower the transmission rate in the community. We should respond to the high rates of infection across the region and the elevated risk that Delta poses to young people. The PADOH mandate aligns with the CDC , the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Bucks County Department of Health recommendations. However, no plan should be etched in stone.
Experience Over 30 years of corporate managerial experience both in the service and electronics industries. Taught Social Studies at two Archdiocesan High Schools.
Education BS Secondary Education - Temple University
Email address hickey1023@gmail.com
Campaign Phone (267) 361-9918
My first involvement with CR School Board came as a result of Northampton students, and particularly Richboro Middle School students being separated from their peers when entering high school. They were the only group discriminated against and the effects of this separation became more severe with each passing year. I successfully co-chaired a group that worked with the administration and school board to keep students together. This grass roots movement was a lesson never lost on me and I have remained steadfast and vigilant in my belief that far too many times the interests and needs of the residents in my school board region are not being met. Our community has been told numerous times to wait for necessary renovations. I will continue to be a strong advocate for this community’s needs and will work to incorporate those needs into larger district-wide goals. This includes getting students safely back in our classrooms on a full-time basis.
Having a child in the district for 26 consecutive years gives me a unique perspective of both where the district has been and where it is heading. This is an opportunity for me to give back to the district that has been so beneficial to my 8 children. Much like raising a large family, I understand the balancing act needed for long term success and the necessary give and take steps needed to meet the needs of district residents, students and their families. I am concerned that Council Rock is satisfied with being one of the best districts in the state instead of THE best district in the state. As I approach retirement age I also am in a position to recognize the effect taxes has on our senior population and I feel I have the knowledge to bridge the gap responsibly between the wants of the district and the needs of the taxpayer.
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