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Council Rock School District School Director Region 9

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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    Nicole Khan

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    Kristin Marcell

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 I am a former teacher and held many leadership roles during my 8 years as an educator, including Dean of Students. I was recognized regionally as a "Teacher of the Year".
Education Master's of Education from the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Campaign Phone (215) 499-1599
The School Board is the decision-making body for everything in a school district. The elected School Directors in a region vote to approve everything related to the running of the district including the tax rate, staff contracts, school-building renovations, curriculum, etc. The more I listened and watched the previous board meetings over the past couple of years, the more I realized the importance and impact the school board has on our community. I asked myself why is it that most of the people whom I speak with have no idea the importance of this role? Many people couldn't even name a single board member. If a small group of people are to represent a larger community why is it so vague? I wanted a better representation of the community, based in some experience. I desired a voice that represents a community in a thoughtful, consistent, and communicative manner.
I have a genuine, vested interest in our students, schools, and community. I have shown my ability and willingness to do the work and get things done. I have been actively involved in a local school, working on large fundraisers, organizing events, supporting the staff and teachers at school, serving as a PTO board member, homeroom parent and more. I am willing to listen, learn, and show support. I step up to do something because I know I can execute with dedication and perseverance. I am and want to continue my involvement in schools in a larger context. I know I can advocate and be a voice for all students and schools.
Schools need to be a safe and welcoming place for all students to achieve academic success. The CRSD School Board had unanimously supported the approval of a district-wide diversity and inclusion team back in July 2020. The need to address race and racism should be a continual work in progress; we are life-long learners. It is important to educate students about the impact of racism and discrimination, and the curriculum needs to support this. All students need to have the resources, support, and accessibility to an education. Students need to have systems in place and made readily available to them. Every child needs to feel safe, supported and welcome in a school setting.
I would follow the guidelines and mandates set by the CDC, the AAP, and the PA Department of Health to keep our children and staff safely in school for the entire school year with the least amount of interruption possible.
Experience -Council Rock School Board Director, Region 9 -Experienced PR executive with a demonstrated history of working in public relations, marketing and strategic communications.
Education -Graduate of Council Rock High School -BA from Penn State University, MA in Public Policy from George Washington Univ. in Washington, DC
As a Wrightstown resident, I became involved with Council Rock and the School Board during the Master Capital Planning process 7 years ago. Working with community members, I wanted to ensure the Board was engaged and transparent with the public on this key topic.

That experience taught me more about demographic data, cost estimates for renovation/construction and how future Board decisions impact the Council Rock community, parents and taxpayers.

Because of that earlier involvement, I applied for the Region 9 seat in August 2018, was appointed unanimously and elected in November 2019 overwhelmingly by Democrats and Republicans.

School Board is meant to be non-political and I am thankful for the opportunity to work with the community on the long-term future of the district. My goal is to continue to improve academics, while collaboratively working with fellow Board members to advance the excellent education the district provides at a reasonable cost.
Having served in this role during the past few years, and worked with the Board to navigate these difficult times, I believe I am well prepared to continue to support Council Rock in ensuring a strong and bright future for our students and community.

In addition to my personal and professional background, I have historical district knowledge. I am native to this area. I reside in Wrightstown, but I have lived in Newtown Township, Newtown Borough, Holland and Churchville and attended Chancellor Street, Newtown Jr. High and Council Rock High School. I am dedicated to building on the excellent education that provided me the opportunity to achieve my life’s goals as a Council Rock graduate.

As a parent with younger children in the district, I believe that my background has brought a different perspective to the Board. I respect the individual Board members and their areas of expertise, but also recognize the importance of collaborating as a group to make decisions and find solutions.
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