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January is School Director Recognition Month

January is “School Director Recognition Month” in Pennsylvania. Public education is more than just learning the basic math, science, English and history; it’s a platform for students to reach their potential. It inspires hope for a new generation and a successful future. This institution exists in part because individuals volunteer their time to make informed decisions about the issues facing public schools. Every January we celebrate these everyday heroes – the nine elected school board members who serve our students and educational system.

School directors volunteer, on average, 20 hours a month to help run the schools in our community. The school board makes difficult decisions for the betterment of our students. They vote on multi-million dollar budgets and are charged with policy making, planning, goal setting, and the care of facilities, labor relations, taxation, and responsible funding. These dedicated volunteers reside in our community. They are our friends, neighbors, community leaders, parents at your school, and engaged senior citizens.

During this month of recognition we ask you, the school directors’ fellow community members, to show your appreciation for their service. Please show your gratitude in some way for their time, effort, and dedication to public education’s advancement. Thank them for advocating on behalf of our collective interests and making the difficult decisions. Most importantly, thank them for being everyday heroes and making our students’ success their priority. 

Bensalem's school directors oversee a $150.6 million-dollar budget providing a quality education for the more than 6,400 students in nine schools staffed by 467 teachers, 55 administrative employees, and 461 full and part-time support personnel. They advocate an education system that is prepared to meet the extraordinary needs of more highly skilled jobs and new career opportunities. They set high standards of performance and accountability, offer new choices and options for parents and students, offer flexibility in regulation and service delivery, and work to ensure adequate funding and broad community engagement.


By stepping forward to serve the community, Bensalem’s school directors ensure the decisions about our schools are made with the needs of the community and its children foremost in their minds. These forward-thinking individuals are committed to ensuring public schools remain a solid foundation for American democracy, and serve as shining examples for our young people to continue the excellent tradition of volunteerism that is a hallmark of our society. 

The locally elected volunteer public servants who contribute to keeping the public school system strong and effective in Bensalem Township are:
Kim J. Rivera, President
Heather D. Nicholas, Vice President
Marc Cohen
Stephanie A. G. Ferrandez, Esq.
Rachel Fingles, Esq.
Kathleen Lesnevec
Anand Patel
Pamela Strange
Vanessa Woods 

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Pictured left to right - Back Standing: John Steffy (Treasurer), Dr. Samuel Lee (District Superintendent), Vanessa Woods, Rachel Fingles,

Anand Patel, Marc Cohen, Stephanie A. G. Ferrandez, Susan Harder (Secretary)

Sitting: Pamela Strange, Heather D. Nicholas (Vice President), Kim J. Rivera (President), Kathleen Lesnevec