School Director Recognition Month

BTSD Celebrates School Director Recognition Month
Posted on 01/20/2023
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Bristol Township School District honors our School Board of Directors’ commitment to our students, schools and communities every month, but especially during School Director Recognition Month each January.

“The nine members of our School Board play an essential role in students’ lives,” said Superintendent Michael Nitti. “We thank them for their dedication to set policies for our schools and make important decisions regarding curriculum, financing, operations and staffing.”

Board members are unpaid locally elected officials and devote an average of 10 hours each month to the complex decisions a Board must make.

In honor of School Director Recognition Month, we asked our Board members to share what they find most rewarding about their public service.

Jim Morgan – President

Rewarding is knowing you are helping the community you live in. I don't do this for recognition. I do this to give back to a community, who gave me opportunities to be the person I am today, so I see it as an obligation to do the same.

Kellie Buchanan – Vice President

I find it very rewarding to be part of the Bristol Township School Board. I have been on the board since 2016 and in that time have seen so many great things in our district. Building new schools and making them safe, dealing with COVID and keeping taxes from increasing are some of the accomplishments I’ve been a part of.

As an alumni of James Buchanan, Neil A. Armstrong and Harry S. Truman, and a parent in the district, what I find most rewarding is being an advocate for parents and students and an advocate for the betterment of this district. I embrace the changes, but I am also a voice for our traditions. I am proud to be part of hiring committees that advance and/or bring in strong talent. We have a very diverse and passionate board and I am happy to have this opportunity to serve Bristol Township School District with this team. 

Amanda Geist

Growing up, public education allowed me to gain a wealth of experiences, pursue interests, travel and obtain a base of knowledge that propelled me through college. I then started teaching in Philadelphia public schools and saw that for some, schools are more than a place of learning, but can be a place of refuge as well. I have always been an advocate of public education, and I love that I have the opportunity to serve the Bristol Township School District to help ensure that our schools provide opportunities and serve as a safe place for all of our students. The pride that we see when our students are doing the things they love is the greatest reward!

Chris Harkins

As a father, I find it very rewarding to have a say in my children’s education, especially the curriculum they are being taught. My wife and I both understand how vital it is to have a solid primary foundation of knowledge to be successful and productive adults. 

As a taxpayer, I find it very rewarding to be involved in not raising the tax rate. I am very proud to have kept my word to those that elected me with regards to fiscal responsibility. 

As a community member, I find volunteering my time and talents to be part of the forward progression of our township very rewarding.

Donna Kelly

It is most rewarding to help people, especially children who are our future. We need to show them the way and make sure that they get the best education so that they can succeed in life. Being a part of the School Board allows me to help share information and be a part of making decisions for the children and community, as well as to inform everyone what is going on, to negotiate for the community, and doing it all for the children – it’s a great feeling. To meet, greet, and get to know the people of the community is an extra reward.

Constance Moore

I am in a unique position being a public servant; very few people in my community have ever imagined having an opportunity to serve and represent a place you call home. Being on the School Board has taught me so much about the educational process in America and throughout the world. Each day I meet new people and get to reintroduce myself to the residents I serve. As a graduate of the Bristol Township School District, it is rewarding and humbling to advocate and uplift the students, teachers, administration and staff. My biggest reward is seeing any student walk across that stage and receive a diploma.

Mary Sharble

Being a part of the ideation process and decision making that directly affects my children and my community means the world to me, and seeing the outcomes of those decisions on our children’s development is extremely rewarding.

Gallus Obert

The most rewarding for me is being able to provide the improved infrastructure by making sound financial decisions. A new Administration building, new elementary schools, a new middle school, a refurbished high school and major improvements to our sport facilities – and at no additional cost to our taxpayers for the last four years has enabled this renaissance.

Building a team of fiscally responsible individuals is what is responsible for the improved infrastructure.

Our team of ten is acutely aware of our educational needs and has responded by providing the necessary tools for 21st century learning.

If we build it, they will learn.



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