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Octorara’s December Calm Before The Storm

Octorara's December Calm Before The Storm

The Octorara Board of Directors held their Facilities and Policy Committee Meetings, Reorganization Meeting, and Work Session Meeting on Monday, December 5, 2016. Eight of the nine members were in attendance, William Kloss was absent.

This week’s meetings can be described as mundane. The few topics discussed in committee and at the work session meeting were pretty much routine and ordinary. It is the kind of work that needs doing, but is ultimately very procedural. In fact, next week currently includes only 5 action items scheduled for a vote. However, there were several items of note.

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During the Reorganization Meeting, it became apparent that Octorara taxpayers have a unique opportunity for real change. This coming year, voters have the ability to replace 6 of the 9 Board Members, fundamentally changing the composition of the Board and the direction of the school district. Those seats include:

  • Anthony Falgiatore, Region 1
  • William Kloss, Region 1
  • Samuel Ganow, Region 2
  • Hank Oleyniczak, Region 2
  • Nelson Stoltzfus, Region 3
  • Timothy Alexander, Region 3

While Mr. Falgiatore and Mr. Kloss’ terms do not technically end until 2019, they were both appointed and can only serve until the next municipal election. Therefore, the persons who win those seats, in 2017, will be the ones to finish those terms.

So, if you are ready to make Octorara great again, then it is time for you to step up. It is time to stop just complaining about high taxes and low academic achievement. It is time to stop sitting on the sidelines grumbling about spending on pet projects and the influence of special interests. It is time for you to stand up and say, “I am mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”  Continue reading

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