Six candidates are running for Upper St Clair School Board. The five candidates with the highest number of votes will be elected on November 5, 2019.
Upper St Clair is extremely fortunate to have six candidates committed to serving our community, and running for Upper St Clair School Board.
The five incumbents running against me are great people. One member has been on the board for 30 years, and another for 20 years. Hats off to our board members for their commitment and dedication.
Between the five incumbents, they have lived in St. Clair for over 100 years, and probably know over 65% of the people living in our community.
On the other hand, I have lived in Upper St Clair for six years and know less than 10% of our community members.
So, why on earth am I running for School Board?
I have four reasons:
First: In our country, the United States of America, anything is possible.
I came to this country as a teenager, with two suitcases, a $100, and the first year of college tuition paid. Through hard work, education, and luck, my destiny changed.
I hope my candidacy teaches our children the value of persistence and resilience. Success is not tied to affluence, being part of a popular clique, or one’s ethnicity.
I hope my journey inspires children to believe in themselves, take a risk, and follow their dreams.
Second: I am a mom.
Parental perspective on the board is advantageous.
Elementary school playgrounds should be included in our capital budget. Our school administrators and parents should not have the burden to raise funds to replace fixed assets on our school property.
Important topics such as improving mental health by delaying high school start time and homework-free weekend during Homecoming and Thanksgiving break should be implemented.
I am a parent who has actively volunteered in our school district, including:
· Spending three years on the Ft Couch PTSO as Vice president, President and Advisor on the Executive Board
· Starting a Math Olympiad club at Boyce
· Volunteering at the concession stand during football games, volleyball games, and swim meets
· Judging at the National Speech & Debate tournaments in Washington DC and Milwaukee over the past two years
If elected, I will bring all of my valuable grassroots experience from the school district to the School Board.
Third: Diversity – of ethnicity, opinions, and backgrounds – is important.
When reviewing both the elected and hired staff administration in our local government – both School Board and Town Commissioners - there is currently zero diversity.
My children cannot relate to a single person who is supposed to represent them. Not a single person looks like them.
I believe it’s important for all our children to see that leaders come from all ethnic backgrounds, all religions, and even different political parties. In fact our constitution protects this right.
Diversity matters. Our children need diverse role models.
Fourth: My professional credentials would benefit the community.
I am a CPA and MBA with over 17 years of corporate experience.
My current profession in a civilian role to serve our country is relevant. This job has financial responsibility over billions of federally funded projects.
If elected, our community gains the benefit of my financial experience. The current year School Board has a budget of $86 Million, and capital expenditure of $23 Million.
Our community includes retired seniors on a fixed income and families with limited finances. Our taxes significantly impact every homeowner.
I am prepared to volunteer over 100 hours per year if elected on the School Board.
My request is simple: I need your help to win one seat on the Upper St Clair School Board. No matter the outcome, four incumbents will be elected.
A single vote for Hemina plants a seed for change and supports diversity.