As published in The Times Herald on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.
Methacton Needs New Ideas, New Vision
Methacton School District is at a crossroads. The decisions made by our leadership in the next four years will have long-lasting impacts on both the fiscal health of our district and the quality of education that we can provide our students. The guidance from our school directors will be more critical than ever to successfully navigate a sea of fiscal and educational challenges.
We are a bipartisan team of parents, not politicians. We believe that ideas are more important than party affiliations. We each have a vested interest in ensuring that all students receive the exceptional Methacton education our community has come to expect.
We are active community leaders, not merely participants. We understand and appreciate the full impact of our decisions on both children and taxpayers. That drives us to dig deeper, learn more, and make the most informed decisions possible.
Today, our district faces growing maintenance and capital needs for our facilities, and does so under a cloud of unprecedented budget pressures. More than ever, we need School Directors with the right motivations and the necessary leadership experience to drive strategic long-range facilities planning and ensure the most efficient use of our limited resources.
Our incumbent opponents have already shown their propensity to make short-sighted decisions that endanger the long-term financial stability of the district. For example:
— They neglected maintenance on our schools, leading to $100 million in overdue repairs.
— They financed district bond issues at *variable* interest rates in 2015, instead of locking in historically low fixed interest rates. In the last year, payments have already increased by $75,000 per year for the next 11 years, and they will only go up more.
— They voted to outsource the district’s food service and transportation services, causing frustration for parents, but no proven cost savings for taxpayers.
— Mr. Rothe voted against third party oversight of the high school fields project, leading to $1.9m in cost overruns.
— Ms. Vavra led the failed legal crusade to stop the district from putting lights on the high school fields, costing the district $231,000 in legal fees.
— Ms. Hackett voted to close two of the district’s five elementary schools, which would have doomed half of Lower Providence to even longer bus rides, increased class sizes beyond district policy, and jeopardized the quality of education in Methacton.
These are easy decisions to get right and our opponents have gotten them wrong — over and over again.
Yet through it all, our students, teachers, and staff have produced an unending stream of accomplishments and success stories that span academics, athletics, extracurriculars, and the arts. These stories prove that Methacton’s future is as bright as its past, and reinforces that a quality Methacton education must remain the foremost priority of our district.
When our students achieve and succeed — and we promote that success — our entire community wins. It makes Methacton School District even more desirable for prospective new families, which in turn drives demand for our homes, sparks new commercial investment, and ultimately improves the financial foundation for our schools.
This election is about new ideas and a new vision; it is about building Methacton’s future together. The educational quality in our district is unquestionable, but the administrative failings and lack of accountability jeopardizes our promising future.
On Tuesday, November 7th, please vote for the new bipartisan team with proven track records of leadership in our community and the drive to execute our collective vision for the future of Methacton schools.
– Candidates: Mary Hull, Jennifer Cancro, Ralph Navarrete, Elizabeth Drummond
BUILDING METHACTON’S FUTURE
Prioritize Educational Excellence
- Support the Methacton administration in enacting their Whole Child initiative, where every student is engaged, supported, and challenged from kindergarten through high school.
- Ensure STEM education among all district elementary schools is accessible and consistent, and includes proper resources,training, and tools.
- Improve the implementation and management of special education programming.
- Enhance opportunities at all age levels for personal development through extra-curricular and co-curricular activities.
Improve Fiscal Responsibility
- Demonstrate transparency and accountability in financial management and budgeting.
- Maintain the district’s facilities up to our community’s standards.
- Implement strategic long-range facilities planning to ensure sufficient resource allocation.
Strengthen Community Relationships
- Encourage greater community engagement through partnerships with residents and local businesses.
- Increase interaction between local youth organizations and their counterpart programs in the school district.
- Expand communications with local, state, and federal officials to promote the financial interests of Methacton and the educational goals of our mission to “Learn, Lead, and Succeed Together.”
MEET THE CANDIDATES
Vote for CARE
No matter what political (or Independent) party you are registered as, you can cast your four School Board votes on Tuesday, November 7th for CARE!
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