Replacing School Board members who are up for Re-election in Greater Latrobe
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#1 Jan 5, 2013
We must replace Rhonda Laughlin , Kay Elder ,Bill Palmer.I hear Dave Moffa is not running VOTE FOR GREG FUMEAU AND PAUL UPSON MORE NAMES WILL FOLLOW THESE PEOPLE WILL NOT KISS JIM OKONAK OR ADMIN. ASSES
#2 Jan 5, 2013
Tell us a little about each person above...
#3 Jan 5, 2013
All you need to know is that he current board is run by the administrators. We need a board that runs the show!
#4 Jan 5, 2013
Hypocrisy at finest…
Current board members are vilified for doing what admin wants.“We must replace Rhonda Laughlin , Kay Elder ,Bill Palmer.I hear Dave Moffa is not running VOTE FOR GREG FUMEAU AND PAUL UPSON MORE NAMES WILL FOLLOW THESE PEOPLE WILL NOT KISS JIM OKONAK OR ADMIN. ASSES”.
Some asks for more information.“Tell us a little about each person above...”
We readers are told “All you need to know is that the current board is run by the administrators. We need a board that runs the show.”
“IDK” wants us to do what “old school” wants but provides no reason other than the board does what admin wants.
“IDK” does not feel we need to know anything else.
“IDK” wants to run the show.
Do as I say not as I do.
I prefer to form my own opinions … based on facts.
#5 Jan 5, 2013
woul they cancel the 10 mil follie? unlike the others would they upgrade security at the schools?
#6 Jan 6, 2013
Fact: they all voted for the $10 million dollar multi purpose field complex WITHOUT any public input/vote. Fact: your tax dollars will pay for this. Fact: your tax dollars will be used to pay for upkeep. fact: not all students will use this so how exactly does this benefit everyone? Fact: we have a very old elementary school. What will happen when we need to replace this building? Fact: your taxes will go up to replace/ fix this building because the school board will have to borrow more money!
How is this for some facts - the other side?
#7 Jan 6, 2013
I will have Paul Upson's information on here shortly.
#8 Jan 6, 2013
Paul Upson - Candidate for Greater Latrobe School Board
Military Service: US Army 1961 - 1964
Education: East Smithfield High School
AAS Electrical Technology – Corning Community College 1975 - 1976
BSEE Electrical Engineering - Rochester Institute of Technology 1977 - 1980
Work History: Salesman - Sears Roebucks 1964 – 1972
Field Sales - BMT Manufacturing 1972 - 1975
Design Engineer – Xerox 1980 – 1982
Project Engineer – Westinghouse PAD 1982 - 1983
Manager of New Product Design - Contraves Goertz 1983 - 1988
Manager of Customer Order Engineering – ABB 1988 - 1995
Manager of Information Systems – ABB 1995 - 2000
Manager US Group IS, Power Product Division – ABB 2001 - 2009
Business Process and Application Development Consultant – ABB 2009 –
My reasons for running for School Board:
I have a strong belief in the importance of providing a high quality education for all children in our community. I believe that a good education must be based on a foundation of teaching the fundamental skills of reading, writing, math, science, history, economics and the principals of self government. These core skills must be coupled with the idea of individual liberty and personal responsibility for all.
I believe that it is the school boards responsibility to accomplish these goals while being good stewards of the taxpayer’s money. All of the ideas above can be accomplished with a reasonable expenditure of money. A quality education is never a direct result of the amount of money spent but instead the direct result of good teaching, a good curriculum and hard work. While new technology and new buildings are nice tools to be used in educating our children they are never a substitute for good teaching, a good curriculum and hard work. All the new buildings and new technology in the world will not overcome bad teaching or a poorly chosen curriculum. We should not forget that most of the world’s significant accomplishments were made by women and men who were educated long before laptop computers, smart-phones and I-Pads.
As a school board member I will try to influence the decisions made by the school board to follow the ideas and principals I outlined above.
Paul M Upson
#9 Jan 6, 2013
Paul Upson has my vote and support
#10 Jan 6, 2013
Good for you Paul Upson...
#12 Jan 6, 2013
Teachers don't get tenure. University professors get tenure.
Teachers have unions which protect their jobs whether they are good teachers or not.
#13 Jan 6, 2013
Who do you think selects the books and the curriculum?
#14 Jan 6, 2013
An entire new block of school board members need to be elected at once. Throwing one good candidate into the horde will only get him/her eaten alive.
Ideally, all the new members need to be on the same page regarding methods and quality of education while responsibly manageing the resources of the taxpayer.
#15 Jan 6, 2013
Fact: they all voted for the $10 million dollar multi purpose field complex WITHOUT any public input/vote.
Reality: It was voted on at a public meeting. The public had their chance for input.
Fact: your tax dollars will pay for this. Fact: your tax dollars will be used to pay for upkeep.
Reality: You are partially correct in stating that tax dollars will pay for this. The capitol campaign will also pay for pay for this.
fact: not all students will use this so how exactly does this benefit everyone?
Reality: All students need physical education classes to graduate. Physical education class will use the facility therefore all students will use it.
Fact: we have a very old elementary school. What will happen when we need to replace this building?
Reality: The bonds issued during the previous renovations will be coming off the books.
Fact: your taxes will go up to replace/ fix this building because the school board will have to borrow more money!
Reality: If properly budgeted the money used to pay off the old bonds will be used to pay off the new ones with a zero or small increase. When your car loan is paid of you can buy another car. Given that interest rates are historically low you might even have a lower monthly payment.
How is this for some facts - the other side?
This is the other side.
#16 Jan 6, 2013
I think the person writing above has a problem understanding what "fact" means. He should be writing, "assertion" as opposed to a fact, since a "fact" cannot be proven false.
Don't elect this poster to the school board, or GLSD will be more f-ed up than it is already.
Further, he seems to think that "reality" means what will happen, when "in fact" there are promises and plans, but no reality of the future to apprise.
FACT: 1th-12th grade students need P.E. credits to graduate
FACT: The current gym, pool, and grassy areas are more than suitable for all P.E. classes ever taught for 100-years.
#17 Jan 6, 2013
They may have voted on it at a public meeting however with something of this magnitude it should have been placed on a voter referendum.
Why is the capital campaign such a "secret" how much have they raised so far and why didn't they raise the money to pay for the compleX FIRST?
Since when is this for physical education? It was presented as a field for sports. Lack of fields blah, blah, blah. It was never presented as a use for physical education. For that matter most of the school year it is too cold to use. So that is a nonexistent excuse.
Bond issue coming off the books. You seem to have inside knowledge of this? It was presented as the existing bonds were refinanced so how do any bonds come off the books?
THE OLD BONDS WERE REFINANCED SO HOW DO THEY COME OFF THE BOOKS. OR ARE WE MAKING DOUBLE BOND PAYMENTS.
Put quite simply we did not need this, it should have been voted on by the taxpayers. There are better ways of spending money.
#18 Jan 6, 2013
Reality: Public school teachers do get tenure.*
#19 Jan 6, 2013
Actually you are wrong. In Pennsylvania, teachers are granted tenure after three years on the job if they are found to be satisfactory. Legislation to weaken or abolish tenure, or to tie it to student achievement on standardized tests, has been introduced in statehouses nationwide. But no major legislation has been proposed in Pennsylvania
#20 Jan 6, 2013
The school board might have a say in the final choices but they must follow federal guidelines (especially when they recieving funding) There are combinations of local government and federal mandates they must follow along with US Dept of Education. Most is standard and not much flex room.
#21 Jan 7, 2013
@We need a school board that will run the show. Are you aware that the administration and school board are to work TOGETHER to ensure children receive a proper education.
Are our school board members qualified to decided on a proper curriculum or textbooks?(I don't think Paul Upson is either, based on the credentials posted here.) Let's leave that to the education specialists.
Furthermore, to diminish the importance of technology in our children's futures is laughable.
Additionally, teachers are the responsibility of building principals. Principals need to be IN CLASSROOMS assessing teachers, helping them, and weeding out the incompetent ones. That is the ONLY way to reform education.
FINALLY,please consider parent competency in the equation. Too little responsibility is placed on the parenting. Perhaps instead of looking to place blame on others, parents should look inward and ask if they are supporting their child's education in every way that they can.
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