Sunday, September 22, 2013

9-23-2013 East Penn School Board Agenda and Planned Votes

1.) Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance

2.) Requests to Address the Board

3.) Approval of Minutes

4.) Report of the Superintendent of Schools
   1.) District Update
   2.) Personnel- I tentatively plan to vote in favor of this item. I have a few questions.
   3.) Contract for Consultation Services
Resolved that the East Penn School Board of Directors approve the Contract for Consultation Services for Dr. Rebecca Woodland, University of Massachusetts, Amherst for services and activities as indicated in Exhibit 6 for a cost not to exceed $55,440.- I will absolutely oppose this item.

5.) Legislative
PSBA 2014 Slate of Candidates- I will be abstaining on this item. I will maintain my practice of abstaining on all votes involving the Pennsylvania School Board Association as I do not feel they have the best interest of the taxpayers at heart.

6.) Policy- Board Policy 903, Public Participation at Board Meetings: Informational

7.) Business Operations-
   1.) Approval of Bill List- I plan to vote in favor of this item
   2.) Parent/Guardian Transportation Contract- I will vote in favor of this item.

8.) Announcements

9.) Adjourn!

Monday, September 9, 2013

9-9-2013 East Penn School Board Meeting Summary

1.)  Call to Order; Pledge of Allegiance

2.) Oath of Office: Mrs. Kristen Campbell, Assistant Superintendent
The Hon. Judge Doug Reichley administered her Oath of Office. Was good to have Doug with us.

3.)  Requests to Address the Board- East Penn School Board Candidate Chris Donatelli addressed the Board about the Rifle Team's omission from the 2012-2013 East Penn School District Yearbook and demanded to know why and to have it made right for the kids that were a part of the team. His son was a member of the team which had a highly successful year and by every right, should have been recognized in the yearbook. That said, I suspect the omission had to do with sensitivity to school shootings. It shouldn't have been done but I'm highly skeptical that any restitution will take place, unfortunately.

4.) Approval of Minutes- This item was approved unanimously

5.) Report of the Superintendent of Schools-
   1.) District Update- Dr. Seidenberger reported a drop in the number of East Penn Students leaving for Charter Schools. He attributed this to the bad (and in his opinion, deserved) press that Cyber Charter Schools have received of late as a result of a full court press from the Educrat Community in Pennsylvania. He also discussed the possible future expansion of East Penn's own in-house cyber program, of which I am a firm supporter. This may result in the creation of blended brick-and-mortar and cyber educational programs that will be made available district-wide. This is why I am such a firm advocate of School Choice outside of Public Education. It forces us to grow and adapt. Competition is good, even if the established order doesn't like it.
   2.) Personnel- This item was approved unanimously

6.) Other Educational Entities
-Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit
-Lehigh Career and Technical Institute

7.) Policy: Final Adoption Board Policy 206- This item was approved unanimously.

8.) Business Operations
   1.) Approval of Bill List- This item was approved by 7-0 with one abstention (Lynn Donches) Board President Ballard was absent.
   2.) Investment of Funds- This item was approved unanimously
   3.) Facility Rental- This item was approved unanimously
   4.) Disbursement of Funds- This item was approved unanimously

9.) Announcements

10.) Adjourn!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Agenda and Planned Votes for 9-9-2013 East Penn School Board Meeting

1.) Call to Order; Pledge of Allegiance

2.) Oath of Office- Mrs. Kristen Campbell, Assistant Superintendent
Judge Doug Reichley will administer the Oath of Office to Mrs. Campbell

3.) Requests to Address the Board

4.) Approval of Minutes- I plan to vote in favor of this item

5.) Report of the Superintendent of Schools
   1.) District Update
   2.) Personnel- I plan to vote in favor of this item

6.) Other Educational Entities

7.) Policy: Final Adoption Board Policy 206- I plan to vote in favor of this item

8.) Business Operations
   1.) Approval of Bill List- I plan to vote in favor of this item
   2.) Investment of Funds- I tentatively plan to vote in favor of this item
   3.) Facility Rental- I plan to vote in favor of this item
   4.) Disbursement of Funds- I plan to vote in favor of this item

9.) Announcements

10.) Adjourn!

PARANORMAL NIGHT, "Are Bigfoot, UFOs, and the MIB Related" Edition to be Held at King Koffee in Emmaus on Saturday, September 14th!


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

American Majority to Hold Candidate Training in Allentown on Saturday, September 14th

Conservative activist group American Majority will be holding a candidate training workshop on Saturday, September 14th, in Allentown at the Public Library. Here are the details:
Running for office? Interested in running for office? Managing a campaign?

American Majority will be holding a special candidate training for folks running for office, interested in running for office or managing a campaign on

September 14, 2013
at the

Allentown Public Library
1210 Hamilton St, Allentown, PA 18102
This intensive training will teach you the ins and outs of running a successful campaign!
Whether it's running for school board or State Rep, American Majority's Candidate Training will give you the tools you need to win and change the shape of our local and state government.

Training will begin at 10am and end at 5pm. Lunch will be provided.
Cost - $20 per person.
Space is limited! RSVP to Cecilia@americanmajority.org

I, myself am scheduled to work and will not be able to attend.

Monday, September 2, 2013

If We Can Bust the Unions, Everything's Gonna Start Going Our Way

A week or so ago, I re-watched the Tom Hanks-Julia Roberts "Let's-Strip-Ronald-Reagan-of-Credit-For-Winning-the-Cold-War" agenda film "Charlie Wilson's War". Despite the dubious motives for the film's creation, I rather enjoy it and it has some fantastic one-liners. Among my favorites is:
"If we can help them shoot down the goddamn helicopters, everything's gonna start going our way."
As today was Labor Day, it occurred to me that Scott Walker and Wisconsin have shown a similar line of plain, obvious, and effective reform to help restart the economic machine of America: If we can bust the Unions, everything's gonna start going our way.

For decades, public sector Unions have crushed the taxpayers by demanding ever higher taxes to pay their way-out-of-line salary and benefits. Governor Walker all but made public sector Unions illegal and his state is seeing unprecedented economic growth.

As a reward for his courage in pushing this landmark legislation, Governor Walker was re-elected during last year's recall effort despite national Union groups throwing everything they had at him. The taxpayers of Wisconsin, the birthplace of modern Progressivism, know that Scott Walker did right by them. He looks well poised to win re-election next year.

Across the country, including in my native Pennsylvania, "moderate" Republican Governors and legislators have cowered in fear of "Union power" and, with few exceptions, they have failed to follow Wisconsin's lead. PA Governor Tom Corbett is paying the price for his do-nothing term in office and he looks likely to lose re-election next year in landslide fashion.

While we know what public sector Unions have done to taxes and debt, many are more timorous about taking on private sector Unions. After all, they do have a Constitutional right to freedom of association. Indeed they do, as do those of us who have no wish to belong to a Union and be part of their Collectivist agenda. That's where Right to Work laws come in.

Private sector Unions have a right to exist. We have a right to examine what they have done to America. They have destroyed the American auto industry and driven millions of working-class jobs overseas. Corporations have the right to turn a profit and Unions have paralyzed private industry with unsustainable wages for low-skill jobs. As a result, they have caused their own demise. A record low of 7% of the American workforce currently belongs to a Union and frankly, that number is more than WANT to belong to a Union.

In many states, like my home of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, we have "closed shop" laws where, if you work in a company that has a Union, you must pay dues to the Union regardless of whether or not you wish to join. If you do not want full Union membership, you are required to pay your "fair share" (usually about 80-90% of the full membership cost). There is nothing fair about forcing workers to pay membership to any political organization and that is exactly what Unions are.

Right to Work laws, as have been passed in Indiana and Michigan, allow workers to take jobs in Union shops and choose whether they wish to belong or not. This is true freedom of association and choice. The reason Unions oppose this and call it "Union Busting" is because they know that if people are given the right to choose, even less than the current 7% of the US population will opt to be Union members. An additional benefit of Right to Work status for a state is they become magnets for business looking to flee high-regulation, closed shop states.

Unions have damaged the great country that America once was (and can be again). As a result, they are facing extinction. They still have a stranglehold on most American taxpayers and many large companies in the private sector. If Republicans will lead the way to freedom of association and economic prosperity and pass laws to break the Unions, everything will start going America's way.