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It ’ s time to reorganize !
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Heather Scott

1 2 3 4

Dale Kirsch

5 6 7 8

Lena Hannah Lynn Kohler
Katie Gilmartin
Tom Seidenberger ( Berks , Bucks , Northampton and Lehigh counties )
Your new PSBA Advocacy Ambassador
Katie Gilmartin , board president at the Scranton School District and board treasurer at the Career and Technical Center of Lackawanna County , has recently joined the PSBA Advocacy Ambassador team and will cover Sections 3 and 4 . Other returning ambassadors include Heather Scott , Section 1 ; Dale Kirsch , Sections 2 and 6 ; Lena Hannah , Section 5 ; Lynn Kohler , Section 7 ; and Dr . Tom Seidenberger , Section 8 ( Berks , Bucks , Northampton and Lehigh counties ).
PSBA Advocacy Ambassadors partner with school districts to build relationships with legislators and communicate schools ’ strengths and challenges . “ By linking school district leaders and legislators , valuable relationships are built and conversations can focus on the overarching issues that face public education today ,” says Gilmartin . “ We can celebrate our successes together and learn from the challenges we all share .”
Ambassadors coordinate legislators ’ visits to schools through the Show Them What It Takes program , including virtual visits , and promote the value of public education through the Success Starts Here campaign . To learn more , visit the ambassadors ’ webpage , under the Advocacy and News tab on PSBA . org .
Take the ‘ Next Step ’
Legislators are back in session and legislative advocacy opportunities abound this fall . PSBA recently rolled out a new advocacy campaign called Next Step , asking members to engage county commissioners and local chambers of commerce as new alliances who can bring added attention to the priority issue of charter school law reform and urge the General Assembly to take action . Log into myPSBA to access an easy-to-use Next Step toolkit that provides resources to help you .

It ’ s time to reorganize !

The PA School Code requires that school board organization happen during the first week of December . In addition to the election of board officers , this is the time and place at which newly elected members formally assume seats on the board and begin their terms of service . To help you prepare , check out Chapter 5 of Essentials of School Board Secretary Service on myPSBA or access the online course “ Board Organization ” on myPSBA .
Virtual Fall Advocacy Day on October 14 further amplified PSBA ’ s ongoing effort toward charter reform and also emphasized mandate waiver program legislation introduced on behalf of your association and other issues . Mark your calendar for the spring Advocacy Day event on Monday , April 25 , 2022 !
PSBA is working with lawmakers in support of public education statewide . For up-tothe-minute legislative developments , information on how your association is involved and how you can be a part of effective grassroots advocacy , subscribe to the State Legislative EDition e-newsletter , published weekly when the legislature is in session .
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