There are two basic principles that prompted me to run for the PENNCREST School Board director position again: the children’s education and the responsibility as an overseer of the taxpayers' hard-earned money.

A good education is paramount not only for the children’s future but also that of our nation because today’s children are America’s future. The taxpayers of PENNCREST do not want to see their taxes spent unnecessarily on items such as iPads instead of books, or on excessive legal work, electronic signs that no automobile driver can read at 40 to 50 miles an hour, giving sweet payouts to administrators, paying legal fees without board approval, etc.

I trust that the taxpayers are more willing to accept an increase in taxes if they know that the district is run in a financially responsible way and the sacrifices are shared by everyone. The sacrifice seems only to be the burden of the taxpayers at this time. The taxpayers have to ask themselves: Is it worth it to have spouses, special interest supporters on the board considering that two-thirds of the budget (in other words over $35.3 million out of $53 million) goes for salaries and benefits?

The last contract with the teachers union that the present majority of the board approved, in my opinion, was not in favor at all either for the taxpayers or for the administration. I did not vote for its approval.

If you want to see positive change, the board needs to be changed, therefore I urge the taxpayers of the district to vote for Jennifer Davis, Luigi DeFrancesco, Harry Hicks, Bill Sleptzoff and David Valesky for the four-year term and Bryan Lynch for the two-year term. These candidates do not have any ties with any district personnel, hence definitely no personal financial gain from PENNCREST; they only want to see that PENNCREST rebounds to the top of the list in the state ranking of school districts.

LUIGI DeFRANCESCO 

Richmond Township

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