Hello. My name is David Hein and I am running for President-Elect of the PSBA Governing Board. I am a two-term member of the Parkland School Board and the current Vice-President. I am a member and past chairman of our Personnel and Finance committee and have also served on our Academics, Arts and Athletics committee. I also serve on the Joint Operating Committee of the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute. I am the current Vice-Chairman and have also served two terms as Treasurer. I have been an active member of PSBA since being elected to the Parkland School Board. I am the current PSBA Governing Board Vice President as well as my board’s legislative liaison. I have served on the PSBA Audit Committee, the PSBA Legislative Advisory Committee and the PSBA Leadership Development Committee. I am in my first year of a four-year term as the PSBA representative on the School Safety and Security Committee (a committee under the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency). I enjoy attending the annual PSBA conference and delegate assembly and have taken advantage of several webinars and in-person training sessions.
PSBA is the go-to organization for school boards across the state for all things related to public education. Guidance on district policies, budget information, legislative issues, training and professional development are just some of the services PSBA offers. PSBA is respected on both the state and national level. My vision is to have PSBA remain a relevant and powerful voice in Harrisburg, advocating for a fairly funded, equitable Pennsylvania public school system. I would like to see PSBA continue to partner with other state-wide education organizations (PASA, PASBO and similar organizations) to further promote and strengthen public education in the state.
The 2019/2020 school year played out like no other in recent years. From a pandemic and state-ordered school closures to protests and civil unrest across the state and country, this school year has presented numerous challenges. It laid bare the inequities in resources (technology, education supplies, food) from district to district. And the challenges from previous years did not go away: safety and security, fair funding, charter/cyber charter reform, property tax increases and unfunded mandates just to name a few. School districts will face all of these issues in the near term as well. We, as school board directors, need to continue to fight for more funding, mandate relief and charter school reform. Working in conjunction with PSBA and other like-minded organizations, I believe that we will make progress on these issues. As this school year has shown us, we will need to remain flexible and nimble and be able to pivot to address our ever-changing education landscape.
I hope to be able to continue to serve this great organization and help school districts provide a quality, public education to every child across the state. Thank you.