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Meet the Candidates – Brian W. Shipley

After many recent discussions and many discussions over the years, with friends, family, colleagues, teachers, and many community members, I have decided to run for a seat on the Southmoreland School Board in the upcoming Primary election May 18. I will be on the ballot for both the Republican and Democrat parties.

Those of you that know me know that I have been teaching and coaching (baseball and basketball) for over 20 plus years. These years have primarily been spent in the Southmoreland and Connellsville School Districts. I have Master’s Degrees in Public Policy/Planning and in Administration/Supervision with a Principal’s Certification.

With my diverse background, experience and knowledge, I am hoping to bring some different views and informed decision-making to the District. I have been a lifelong resident of the Southmoreland School District for 40 plus years, and have 2 children attending schools in the Southmoreland School District.

I will be dedicated to educating our students, and supporting our staff, our parents and our community. I am humbly asking for your support for this endeavor.

A short informational biography for one of the candidates running for Southmoreland School Board this year. Special thanks to James L Williams and his Community Action Committee of Scottdale Facebook group for providing this great resource.


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Meet the Candidates – Duane Frund

Hello everyone!

I am running for a seat on the school board at Southmoreland. I’m a 2004 graduate of Southmoreland. I am an Elementary Principal in the Albert Gallatin Area School District. I have a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and have 13 years experience in education. For 10 years I was in the classroom as a teacher, also serving as the union rep, and building level technology coordinator. I served as a School Improvement Specialist and eventually dean of students, and currently am a principal. I have two children in the district currently, but I will have five children in the district in five years. I am involved in coaching youth football and wrestling. I am a member of the Red and Black Booster Club, volunteering time and energy to directly benefit student athletes at Southmoreland.

I have lived other places and experienced life outside of our small town, and I ultimately chose to return to the area to give my children a similar upbringing. I feel as though my experience living and working in other states and now returning to Pennsylvania gives me a unique perspective and a broad network of resources.

I have no other motivation to take on this task other than to give our children the best opportunities to succeed. I am ready and willing to have those difficult conversations without theatrics and dramatic flair.

This district has potential to be the best. I feel my experience, training, and everyman personality makes me the ideal candidate for people that also hold that desire and belief. A vote for me is a vote for a man of the people who understands the challenges working families face in their daily lives and believes the district should work for and with families, not against.

I am humbly requesting your support and if elected will devote my energies and expertise to helping this district in their multi-faceted recovery efforts.

Thank you!

A short informational biography for one of the candidates running for Southmoreland School Board this year. Special thanks to James L Williams and his Community Action Committee of Scottdale Facebook group for providing this great resource.

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Meet the Candidates – Stephanie Geyer

I’m one of the candidates running for Southmoreland School board this year.

I’m a 35 year old mom of 2 girls, a 5th grader and a 7th grader and run an Etsy shop making embroidered birthday shirts for kids and am also working as a substitute teacher at Mt Pleasant Jr/Sr High. My husband (who is a Lieutenant at a state prison) and I both graduated from Southmoreland in 2003. I have a Bachelors degree in Math with a minor in Secondary Education from St. Vincent. I spend most of my free time driving my 11yr old to gymnastics, and planning our church’s Vacation Bible School. We also help with the 1st-6th graders every Wednesday in our church.

I decided to run for school board because I think it’s important for people to step up and serve, especially when it comes to serving children. Our children are our futures and deserve the best education they can receive. We sold our first home in Hempfield before our oldest started Kindergarten and moved back to Southmoreland because we believed in the education we received, and believed it would best suit our own children. Throughout the pandemic, I felt our school district has lacked strong leadership in making the best decisions for our students. It always seemed like the district was putting out fires instead of preventing them, and I feel decisions could have and should have been made well in advance of the beginning of the school year to not only set our students up for success, but also prepare our teachers for their new role as virtual teachers.

I believe that our district can still be a successful district, and should be able to instill confidence in every parent that their child will be provided the best opportunity for education available in the area. It breaks my Scottie heart when I hear how many people have, and/or are planning to place their children in cyber or private brick and mortar schools because they have lost trust in a district they once loved and believed in. I hope to move toward restoring that trust by holding our administration accountable for their actions, their decisions, or their lack of decisions or plans. Our children deserve better, and until there are solid plans in place (that will actually be followed through with instead of constantly changing and mistruths being fed to parents to keep them in the district) then I will continue to push our administration toward those goals.

Hopefully that covers it.

Thanks for your time.

A short informational biography for one of the candidates running for Southmoreland School Board this year. Special thanks to James L Williams and his Community Action Committee of Scottdale Facebook group for providing this great resource.

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Christmas “Tree-Cycling”

Christmas Tree RecyclingWestmoreland Cleanways and Recycling reminds everyone to recycle their real Christmas trees. After the festivities are finished, give a gift to Mother Nature by taking your tree to one of the many drop-off sites located throughout Westmoreland County.

Tree-cycling is truly giving a gift back to the community.  Proper disposal of a real tree is beneficial to the environment.  In most cases, real trees thrown away with the garbage end up taking up space in a landfill.  However, recycling your Christmas tree returns it to nature.  The trees will be chipped into mulch and used to beautify community parks, eventually decomposing into valuable humus to nourish and renew the soil.

There is no cost to recycle your Christmas tree;  however, two organizations that host tree recycling sites; Boy Scout Troup 239 at Schramm’s Farm & Orchards in Penn Township and Murrysville-Export Rotary, collect donations to fund their own projects.

All locations require that trees are completely bare of ALL decorations and lights when dropped off.  This includes any tree bags or wrappings used to transport the tree to the drop-off site.

Sponsors of this year’s Christmas tree recycling program include: Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling, James A. Rutter Company in Murrysville, Penn Township, and the Borough of Youngwood.

 Ellen Keefe, Executive Director of Westmoreland Cleanways and Recycling, commented:  “Although many holiday traditions were canceled this year and family celebrations will be smaller, tree cycling around the County remains a constant.   Let your tree go full circle by giving it back to the earth.”

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Lions Club Christmas House Decorating Contest

Scottdale Centennial Lions Club is holding a Christmas House Decorating Contest.

There will be three categories:
Most Colorful
Most Creative
The winner of each category will receive a $50 gift certificate to a business of their choice here in town.

Judging will be done the week of the 13 and the winners announced on December 19.

The judges will be from our District Lions Association.
To enter your home visit this LINK.
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