In honor of our school boards’ commitment to our students, schools and communities, January is once again designated School Director Recognition Month.
Public education is more than just learning the basic math, science, English and history; it’s a platform for students to reach their potential. It inspires hope for a new generation and a successful future. This institution exists in part because individuals volunteer their time to make informed decisions about the issues facing public schools. Every January, we take time to celebrate and recognize these everyday heroes – our elected school board members who devote 20+ hours a month to the challenging and complex responsibilities of board business, including voting on budgets, adopting policy and conducting comprehensive planning.
These dedicated volunteers reside in our community. They are our neighbors, friends, community leaders, parents at your school and engaged senior citizens.
Bensalem’s school directors oversee a $163 million-dollar budget providing a quality education for the more than 6,300 students in our nine schools staffed by 502 teachers, 63 administrative employees, and 472 full- and part-time support personnel.
During this month of recognition, please take a moment and show your gratitude for school directors’ time, dedication and effort year-round. The job they do is necessary to ensure our schools remain a pathway to a promising future. Thank them for advocating on behalf of our collective interest, and most importantly, for making the success of our children their priority.
The locally elected volunteer public servants who contribute to keeping the public school system strong and effective in Bensalem Township are: Eric Price, president; Heather D. Nicholas, vice president; Marc Cohen; Jack W. Meyer; Jiten Patel; Joseph A. Pettyjohn; Kim J. Rivera; and Heather Snyder.