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Cynthia J. O’Hora
School Director

Goal: Accountability

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle

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My term on the school board ended 12/2009


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Cynthia J. O'Hora
100 Stetler Ave,
Shamokin Dam, PA 17876

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Updated 9/3/09

Posted 1/2/2009

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* I will be accountable to the taxpayers.

* PA Stimulus Money for Schools - What can we do? What should we do?

* I will respectfully listen to your comments, concerns and questions.

* I will respond to your questions or concerns as quickly as possible.

* I will attend all the monthly school board meetings. On the SASD web site

Jan 2009

January 5 - Executive Session - Negotiations & Litigation

January 12 Budget & Finance Committee 4:00 pm main office

January 20 - Policy & Education - 6:30 pm MS Library

January 20 - Executive Session MS Library Negotiations & Lawsuit

January 27 - Negotiations Committee

February 2009

February 12 - Dual Enrollment Meeting HS

February 17 - Executive Session - Negotiations

March 2009

March 2 - Executive Session - Personnel & Negotiations

March 9 - Cyber bullying program

March 24 - Budget and Finance Committee

April 2009

April 1 - ACT 48/Professional Development MS library

April 6 - Technology Committee - Budget review

April 6 - Executive Session - Personnel

April 7 - Building & Grounds Committee

May 2009

May 4 - Budget & Finance Committee MS Library

June 09

June 8 - Policy & Education Committee 6:30pm

June 11- Budget & Finance Committee 4:00pm

July 09

July 16 - 4pm Policy and Education Committee

September 09

Sept 2 - 4 pm Technology Committee Meeting


November 09

No 16 - 6:40pm Policy & Education Committee mtg

"A popular Government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance, and a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives." James Madison, 1822

*I will provide information to the community about education and the issues it faces.

Education related News | Dual Enrollment discount college credits | Costing Out Study

In our region - annual Graduation Rates | Need for (no credit) remediation in college

* I will advocate for school reform and financial constraint. My goals

I advocated for not using the exceptions and to stay at a minimum under Act 1 index for 2009-2010.
The Board approved this.
I am urging the Board to set the budget to have NO tax increase in 2009-2010.
SASD once again has a $1million surplus inthe budget. This money has been placed in designated funds that are dedicated to various concerns including: pension costs, future electric costs, future health care costs.

Feb 27, 2009 - I testified before the Pennsylvania State Board of Education in support of GCAs.

* I will increase my knowledge of school related matters. I receive email from the Pennsylvania General Assembly.
I review them for issues impacting education. Daily Session Activity EMails
| NSBA Legal Clips | EPLC Newsletter

Additionally, in 2009 I have watched or participated in:

Nov 20 - Including Samuel, PBS program on school inclusion for children with disabilities

Nov 17 - Senate Education Committee Intermediate unit functions testimoney on PCN

Nov 10 - Senate Education Committee Dr Ackerman Testimoney on PCN

Sep. 2 - Improving School Performance CSPAN Aspen Institute - NCLB Commission

July 28 - State Senate Education Committee - 3 bills

July 22 - Bill Gates Education Reform, National Conference of State Legislatures Legislative Summit PCN

July 14 - State Senate Education Committee Testimony on Keystone Exam compromise plan video | audio file

June 15 - PCN Call in Dr Zahorchak Graduation Exams 7pm

June 9 - PA House Commerce cmt - testimony on Publishing Public Legal Notices. PCN
FYI SASD spends over $12,000 per year for legal advertising. SASD schedule on | Agendas | Minutes

June 9 - PA Education funding in 2009-2010 budget proposals Dr. Zahorchak at East Pennsboro PCN

June 8 - House Appropriations debate on SB850 PCN

June 2 - Senate Education Committee - testimony by Ed. Sec. Zahorchak on graduation tests funding PCN

May 14, 2009 - PA Senate Education Committee Alternative Education testimony PCN

May 14, 2009 - PA House Judiciary Committee - Testimony on Publishing of Legal Notices PCN
FYI SASD spends over $12,000 per year for legal advertising.

May 1, 2009 - Special Education Funding PCN

April 30, 2009 - Unfunded Mandates PCN

April 30, 2009 - Asthma & Diabetes in schools testimoony PCN

April 30, 2009 - Early Childhood Education Conference PCN

April 30, 2009 - Childhood Obesity House Education Cmt testimony PCN

April 23, 2009 - Teacher's Strikes Senate Education Committee PCN

April 16, 2009 - House Education Committee - STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math

April 7, 2009 - Basic Education Funding - PA. House Majority Policy Committee PCN

March 26, 2009 - Ed. Sec. Zahorchek preK - 12 Education Budget Senate testimony PCN am/pm

March 25, 2009 - Ed. Sec. Zahorchek Higher Ed Education Budget Senate testimony PCN

March 10, 2009 - President Obama's Education Agenda Speech CSPAN

March 10, 2009 - Governor's Education plan program PCN 7pm

March 4, 2009 - PSBA announcement of F.R.E.E. program PCN

March 3, 2009 - PCN Call-In: School District Consolidation

March 3, 2009 - Ed. Sec. Zahorchek Education Budget Senate testimony

Feb 27, 2009 - Testified before the PA State Board of Education regarding high school reform - in support of GCAs.

Feb 26, 2009 - Ed. Sec. Zahorchek Education Budget PCN Call In

Feb 11, 2009 - PA. Senate Education School Violence testimony on revisions to Act 55 and Act 56 PCN

Feb 4, 2009 - Sec Zahorchek Education Budget Speech PCN

Feb 4, 2009 - Gov. Rendell Pennsylvania Budget Announcement PCN

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