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Central Bucks School District School Director Region 5

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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    James Bender

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    Mariam Mahmud

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 - High School Teacher with dual-certification in Social Studies and Special Education - 15+ years experience in corporate and small business prior to teaching - 12+ years of community volunteering
Education B.A. History with Certifications in Secondary Education and Special Education Currently enrolled in Instructional Media M.S. with STEM Endorsement through Wilkes University
This past year exposed the lack of communication between the School Board and the community, the faculty and staff, and the students. Votes and discussions at public meetings regarding school opening plans were contradicted by emails from the District in the same week. Parents, faculty and staff, and students were not afforded enough input in the planning and execution of the Health and Safety Plan. I plan to work with the rest of the Board to create a communication action plan to increase transparency with regard to the decision-making processes. As a parent of four Central Bucks students, I see first-hand how our students are struggling academically, socially, and emotionally as the result of this pandemic and the changes to education models. I plan to work with our Board, Administrators, Teachers, Staff, Students, and Families to consult with experts to create actionable, measurable plans to address these issues with research-based best practices. We need advocacy.
I believe this School Board needs members with a degree in education who understand the various views and factors that go into each and every decision. I am a graduate of CB West and have called this district my home for most of my life. I have a history of giving back to this community through youth sports and my position on my local Park and Recreation Board. My business background positions me to understand the vast complexities of the District's $340+ million budget, while my experience as a teacher and parent help me understand the needs of educators and families in delivering a world-class education. In my current professional position, I sit on my school's Educational Programming Committee and am a founding member of our Student Wellness Committee where we work with the Bucks County IU to develop and implement social-emotional wellness programs for our students. I plan to bring this experience and passion to the position of School Board Director.
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Experience I am a physician who works with children and advocates for them. I have been in multiple leadership positions including serving on a board of directors, hospital committee and as a medical director.
Education North Penn High School, Bryn Mawr College, Drexel University College of Medicine
Email address dr.mariam4cbsd@gmail.com
I believe in the value of a public school education. I also believe that when concerns arise about our children's education; we should use them to better our school community. As a mom to 4 children in the district and a pediatrician, I feel I can bring an important perspective to the school board. I am a proud member of this community and grateful for the incredible teachers, counselors, staff and advocates for our children. Yet, many children and families feel left out at times. Whether your child is struggling with grades, sports, depression or anxiety, feels marginalized for their color, ethnicity or gender, or is a child with special needs or disabilities; their needs are important and need to be centered in all board decisions. No child should be bullied or feel excluded. As a physician who has focused on access to mental health issues, I would also bring this issue to the forefront of our schools. I will ensure on-site mental health programs that are preventative and inclusive
In addition to my work with children as a physician, I also bring other important skills that would benefit the school board. I am skilled at listening and bringing together people with various perspectives. I believe that all stakeholders have an important knowledge base and perspective. I was fortunate to be a part of the district’s diversity committee. School board director is a nonpartisan position and being able to put aside differences for the interest of the child, school and community is incredibly important. I have served on a hospital quality assurance committee and the board of directors for an organization that advocates and serves children with disabilities. I also serve as medical director for a medical screening program in which I organize multiple stakeholders, students, practitioners, advocacy and interfaith groups. I will bring these experiences, skills and knowledge to the table to work together with all the board members to advocate for our school and community.
It is very important that each child and family is supported and represented by the district. I would prioritize this work to support students in a diverse world and community. DEI trainings that provide a researched approach are an important way to assure a safe and supportive learning environment where every child is respected, valued and welcomed. We have incredible leaders in our school community and it is important to continue to support them and these initiatives through continued training as in any field.
The health and safety of our school community is a top priority for me. Every single child needs the opportunity for a safe in-person education. Vaccines are not yet available for all age groups. Furthermore, older children do not have a virtual option. Too many families are making tough decisions without a safe option. Children and families who can not be vaccinated, are immunocompromised or with chronic conditions like cancer do not at this time have safe options. Public schools must provide a good education for each child. I believe in following the consensus of experts which includes local medical experts, the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Our schools must do better. We are a school of excellence and health and safety is a part of maintaining that caliber.