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Werner seeks to retain school director seat

on April 01, 2013 10:50 AM

Rob Werner has announced that he is a candidate for school director of the Indiana Area School District. He is running for the single two-year term on the ballot in the May primary election.

Werner, an incumbent, has served as a school director for more than five years.

“These are very challenging times for public education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” Werner said in a press release. “The commonwealth has reduced its financial commitment to our school districts. As a result, local property taxes, our only other major funding source, have been raised, increasing the burden on our property owners. Our challenge is to find ways to more efficiently manage our finances while maintaining and improving those things we value.”

Werner said that, as a school director, he has three major priorities: “First, that we improve our commitment to our elementary schoolchildren through pre-K programs, early intervention, small class sizes, and by continuing to educate our fifth-graders within the elementary system. Second, that we must maintain our rich arts curriculum. Our children, their parents, and the entire community have spoken out, loud and clear, that they truly value Indiana’s rich program of arts education. Third, that we strive to maintain the breadth of all programs we deliver, K-12, through open dialogue between the administration, faculty, public and the school board. The challenge is to creatively reduce our cost of program delivery without sacrificing those programs that we agree are important.”

Werner has been a homeowner, taxpayer and involved parent in the Indiana Area School District for more than 21 years.

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