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School Director Month Salutes 'Everyday Heroes'

Bensalem Township School District's nine elected board members are among 4,500 statewide tasked with overseeing school budgets, implementing programs and more.

Bensalem Township School District's nine elected board members are among 4,500 statewide tasked with overseeing school budgets, implementing programs and more.
Bensalem Township School District's nine elected board members are among 4,500 statewide tasked with overseeing school budgets, implementing programs and more.

They oversee a $129 million budget, approve courses and curriculums and make school-related policies.

The nine members of the Bensalem Township School Board–Heather D. Nicholas, president; Kim J. Rivera, vice president; Matthew Grodsky; Jason B. Harris; Wayne Lewis; Kevin J. McKay; Kiran Patel; Jennifer S. Ryan; and Pamela Strange–are among the 4,500 school directors in Pennsylvania being recognized in January as part of School Director Recognition Month. 

This year’s theme is “Celebrating Our Everyday Heroes.”

School board members are unpaid volunteers known most commonly when taxes are raised, popular programs are cut, or new changes are implemented. 

Bensalem’s school directors oversee a $129 million budget providing a quality education for the more than 6,300 students in nine schools staffed by 471 teachers, 59 administrative employees, and 440 full and part-time support personnel.  

The board is charged with policy making, planning, goal setting, and the care of facilities, labor relations, taxation and responsible funding. 

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