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Palmer seeks seat on IASD school board

on April 14, 2013 2:01 AM

Eric D. Palmer has announced his candidacy for the Indiana Area School Board of Directors.

Palmer, an administrator at the Indiana County Technology Center and an adjunct instructor of management at IUP, is seeking a four-year term on the board. As a non-incumbent, he hopes to utilize his diverse background in entrepreneurship, business and education to help the IASD navigate the tough times it will face in the coming years.

In a press release, Palmer indicated that “public education has faced an uphill battle in recent years and the road ahead looks equally challenging. By reducing our funding, implementing new accountability standards and underfunding our pension program, the State has put school districts in a difficult situation. If we truly want to provide the best education possible, we cannot sit idly by and wait for the Commonwealth to realize the value of funding public education.”

Palmer holds a bachelor’s degree in management and entrepreneurship along with a master’s degree in business administration, but he has spent the majority of his professional career in education and education management.

“While my schooling focused on entrepreneurship and business management, my professional career has been dedicated to utilizing those skills to manage education. As an administrator in our public school system, I understand how to manage our limited resources efficiently to ensure student learning is not sacrificed.”

Palmer pointed out that he has attended every committee and board meeting since filing his petitions to be placed on the ballot and plans to continue to do so.

“In attending the meetings, talking with district residents, and reviewing the past actions of the board, some priorities have become clear. First, we must increase our focus on elementary education to ensure our youngest students are acquiring the fundamentals before they move on to our junior and senior high. We must ensure they are on a sound foundation in order to reduce the need for remediation later on. Second, we have to be proactive in managing our limited financial resources in an efficient and effective manner so we can maintain those unique programs that make the IASD stand out from other districts. Finally, I feel our schools deserve a fresh perspective.”

Palmer continued, “As the world changes around our schools, we have to continually adapt to move the district onward and upward. I have a lot of respect for the past, but I am adamant about being proactive in planning for the future.” He went on to say that his mix of business and education experience is just what is needed to help navigate the district through the tough times ahead.

Instead of campaign promises, which Palmer asserts are “often stated but seldom followed,” he indicated that, if elected, he would approach his service to the community with the same guiding principles he teaches in his business courses.

“For me, it’s not complicated, if you serve with openness, accept accountability, encourage collaboration and respect everyone involved, progress toward moving IASD forward will follow.”

To learn more about Eric D. Palmer, visit www.palmer4board.com.

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