Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Two newcomers in Region 3 will also vie for one seat in the general election.
Two newcomers and an incumbent won nominations for Quaker Valley School Board in Tuesday's primary election, while two others will vie for one seat in the general election. Quaker Valley alumni Daniela Sauro Helkowski and Jonathan Kuzma won both the Democratic and Republican nominations in Region 1 for Quaker Valley School Director. The two are endorsed by the Concerned Taxpayers of Quaker Valley, a group opposed to the district purchasing homes near the high school for construction purposes. Incumbent Sarah Heres, who ran unopposed, also won nominations from both parties in Region 2. Robb Bunde won the Democratic nomination in Region 3, and will face fellow newcomer Mary Ann Wagner, who won the Republican nomination. Municipal races In …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Tell us which candidates you're backing in the May 21 primary.
There are four four-year terms up for grabs on Quaker Valley School Board this year. All of the candidates are cross-filed, which means they are running for the nomination of both the Republican and Democratic parties. Incumbent board members Debbie Miller and Kay Wijekumar are not seeking re-election in Region 1, and Danielle Burnette is not seeking re-election in Region 3. With the May 21 primary election on Tuesday, we want to know: Who are you voting for? And why? Sewickley Patch has profiled all of the school board candidates who will appear on the ballot: Region 1 (Bell Acres, Leet, Leetsdale), 2 seats, 4-year term P. Richard Warburton David V. Weicht Daniela Sauro Helkowski Jonathan Kuzma Region 2 (Sewickley), 4-year term, 1 seat …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Robb Bunde is one of two candidates running for one seat in Region 3, which represents Aleppo, Edgeworth, Glenfield, Haysville, Glen Osborne, Sewickley Heights and Sewickley Hills.
Robb D. Bunde, 48, is an Edgeworth resident since 2005. He has a bachelor of science degree from the University of Nebraska in 1987 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1990. Bunde is an attorney at Bunde, Gillotti, Mulroy & Shultz, P.C., a law firm located in downtown Pittsburgh. He and his wife Selina Shultz have three children. Son, Seth Bunde, 20, is a 2011 Quaker Valley graduate and currently a sophomore at Clark University in Worcester, MA. Daughter, Sophia Bunde, 17, is a junior at Quaker Valley High School and daughter, Chloe Bunde, 14, is in eighth grade at Quaker Valley Middle School. Bunde is a member of The Presbyterian Church, Sewickley, where he taught Sunday school for many years and has been…
Monday, May 13, 2013
Mary Ann Wagner is one of two candidates running for one seat in Region 3, which represents Aleppo, Edgeworth, Glenfield, Haysville, Glen Osborne, Sewickley Heights and Sewickley Hills.
Mary Ann Wagner, 71, of Glen Osborne, previously served for 12 years on the Quaker Valley School Board. She is currently serves on the district's Public Budget Committee, a group of about 25 to 30 local taxpayers. Wagner, who is retired, is a former sales representative for L'Oreal Paris and U.S. Steel. She was also a credit analyst for U.S. Steel. Her interests include antiques and she is a volunteer at Pittsburgh's Hidden Treasures held each year at Heinz History Center. She also enjoys playing Bridge. Here is Wagner's statement announcing the reasons for her candidacy: "My goal as a school director is to be involved in the district's finances. My 12 years experience as a School Director (vice president of the school board) is …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Daniela Sauro Helkowski is one of four candidates running for two seats in Region 1, which represents Leetsdale, Bell Acres and Leet Township.
Daniela Sauro Helkowski of Quaker Heights, Leet Township, is a lifetime resident of the Quaker Valley community. After graduating from Quaker Valley High School, she went on to pursue a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and an education certification from Slippery Rock University. Besides working part-time at her husband’s Allstate Insurance office in Sewickley, she is primarily a stay-at-home mom. She is also a CCD teacher at St. James Parish, a member of the Osborne Home & School Association, chair of the Book Fair, homeroom parent, basketball coach, and a board member of the Quaker Valley Midget Football Association. She and her husband, Dan, have three daughters. Here is Sauro Helkowski's statement announcing the …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
David Weicht is one of four candidates running for two seats in Region 1, which represents Leetsdale, Bell Acres and Leet Township.
David Weicht, 45, of Leet Township, has been a Quaker Valley School District resident since 1999. He has a degree in psychology from Georgetown University and a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Weicht is an attorney and a partner with the law firm of Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl. He and his wife, CJ, have four children in Quaker Valley schools. Ryan, 13, and Julia, 13, are both in seventh grade; Natalie, 11, is in sixth grade; and Eric, 8, is in second grade. This is Weicht's first time running for office. Weicht said he's excited about the opportunity to serve the community on the school board. Here is Weicht's statement announcing the reasons for his candidacy: "I have lived in the Quaker Valley School District since…
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
P. Richard Warburton is one of four candidates running for two seats in Region 1, which represents Leetsdale, Bell Acres and Leet Township.
P. Richard Warburton, 48, has lived in Leet Township since 2007. His family moved from Moon, in large part, to be in the Quaker Valley School District. Warburton has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Southampton (UK) and a law degree (J.D.) from Duquesne University. He is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and General Counsel for ChemDAQ Inc., a manufacturer of gas detection monitors for workplace safety in Robinson Township. This is Warburton's first time running for any public office and he is running on a platform of "Quality Education with Fiscal Responsibility." He and his wife Jenny have two children attending Quaker Valley, their son Andrew, who is in the 10th grade and their daughter Lia, who is in sixth grade. Here is …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Jonathan Kuzma is one of four candidates running for two seats in Region 1, which represents Leetsdale, Bell Acres and Leet Township.
Jonathan Kuzma, 30, of Victory Lane in Leetsdale, is a 2001 graduate of Quaker Valley High School. He attended The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and graduated in 2005 with a degree in Economics and History. After college, Kuzma began working as a researcher and later as a real estate appraiser for Integra Realty Resources in Pittsburgh, which is a commercial valuation and consulting firm. Kuzma grew up in Leet and has extended family in the district, including his parents Greg and Cindy, sisters Emily and Marissa, grandparents Eugene and Lilian, and an aunt, uncle and their three children. Kuzma provided a statement announcing the reasons for his candidacy: "While I was a student, I had the opportunity to apply to …
Saturday, March 23, 2013
The plan is expected to decrease technology costs for the school district.
Quaker Valley School Board members approved a technology plan to purchase Dell laptops for high school students and Chromebooks for middle school students. The four-year technology plan is a part of the district's one-to-one laptop initiative. The district's current technology plan expires at the end of the 2014 school year. Elementary students will continue use of Apple computers. The school board approved the measure in an 8-to-1 vote Monday. District spokeswoman Tina Vojtko said the 2013-2014 plan will cost an estimated $559,500. In the next three years the annual cost is expected to decrease to $331,000. The current school year's cost is $592,000.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The D. Richard Wynn Award recognizes the board’s accomplishments.
The Quaker Valley School Board is being recognized for years of hard work and innovation. The board has been named the recipient of the D. Richard Wynn Distinguished School Board Award from the Tri-State Area School Study Council at the University of Pittsburgh. Superintendent Joseph Clapper announced the award at Tuesday's legislative meeting. "We have a board that's always focused on good quality education, while focused on fiscal responsibility," Clapper said, calling it a delicate balancing act. Clapper said board members will be honored March 24 at the 65th School Board and Distinguished Educator Banquet in Penn Hills. The D. Richard Wynn Award, initiated during the 1988-89 school year, recognizes the board’s accomplishments during …