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Nancy Crowder Finishes School Board Statement

The Baldwin-Whitehall school director was interrupted a week ago.

At a Baldwin-Whitehall School Board meeting on Wednesday, board President Nancy Sciulli DiNardo interrupted fellow board member Nancy Lee Crowder while Crowder was explaining the credentials of her own nominee for a vacancy on the board.

Crowder halted her explanation but ultimately nominated a "Karen Brown." Brown failed to earn appointment to the board by receiving only one "yes" vote—from Crowder.

Instead, longtime B-W School Board member and former state Rep. Martin Michael Schmotzer rejoined the board by a 5-3 vote.

The Baldwin-Whitehall Patch asked Crowder for her full remarks. Here they are (completing part in bold):

I have reviewed each and every application as instructed to do so. When there's an open seat on the board, it allows this board to pick a person who might not even consider running in an election. It should not be about appointing our friends; it should be about appointing the best person for the job.

However, with that being said, there are people that applied that have been on this board or ran in previous elections. And I appreciate that, because sitting on this board is a thankless job at times. Running in campaigns is another one.

You please some of the people some of the time, but you will never please all of the people all of the time.

I only know this candidate (Brown) from reading her application and résumé. She is and has been an educator for many years. I think with all of her experience in the field of education in one of the top local school districts with one of the best AYP (adequate yearly progress) scores, I think this would be a great opportunity to add a little insight on the board side of things.

At this time when B-W is facing some serious challenges, we can place an educator on the board that is out in the trenches and can bring wisdom to this board regarding AYP, PSSAs (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exams), the implementation of Common Core Standards, Keystone Exams and other assessments and issues that affect our students.

She can bring a different perspective to this board on these issues.

At this current time, I am nominating Karen Brown.

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Jon Wain December 18, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Very nice statement Mrs. Crowder. I like the no strings attached leadership you demonstate. Your mind is your own . You are a fair person.You reveiwed the applicants and choose one no strings attached. PS- love the fact your happy with and respect your marriage by using only your married last name.
bd December 18, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Nice try Ms. Crowder in trying to bring professionalism to this board. Unfortunately, the board majority is filled with people who owe ther postions to Martin and John Schmotzer. There will be no progress in this school district as long as DiNardo, all Schmotzers, Rosing, Pry and Fischer are gone from this school board.
Billee December 18, 2012 at 09:01 PM
With all due respect Nancy S. did say this was a new experience for her and that she was nervous. With that being said why weren't the nominees decided on prior to voting in executive session? That would have validated Mrs. Crowder because she could have used her final board member comments as the the rest of them if they really wanted to to disclose their good intentions of why they chose their nominee and an explanation of justification of accountability to the public if they so chose to do so. This would have respected Mrs. Crowder and may have maintained more order. Please explain or as some would say cross examine me... just don't execute me there is enough of that going around in Connecticut. We truly do need to wake up and bring peace and order back and realize the true gifts of all our beautiful children in Baldwin Whitehall! Remember we are one.
Brian Rampolla December 18, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Nancy Crowder's statement would have been just over a minute and would have highlighted to the public a highly, highly qualified person who could have been a real asset to the district. Nancy DiNardo owes Ms. Crowder, Ms. Brown, and this whole district an apology for preventing this harmless statement. Maybe her nervousness caused her to completely ignore policy 004-BOG-1, Filling a Board Vacancy, which clearly defines the process this board adopted just in April, or maybe she did not even know this policy existed. Regardless, she knows now and should be over any nervousness so that if another seat opens she should have no hesitation following this process so we can be sure the district appoints the best person. And, i fully expect every other board member to stand up and demand this process be followed. They did not get elected to sit there like bumps on a log.
Annoyed Taxpayer December 19, 2012 at 04:44 PM
As a parent and taxpayer in this school district I want an apology from Nancy DiNardo to Nancy Crowder for her rude interruption of Mrs. Crowder at the board meeting last week where Marty Leopold Michael Albert James Robert Paul Joseph Robert Schmotzer was able to slither his way back onto our school board. How dare DiNardo do that to a board member who was doing her job and presenting someone who could add some education, class and experience to this board where some of these members should be removed. I am curious and I honestly do not know ..... in what line of work is Nancy DiNardo? I know she worked at Chelsa Wagner's Caste Village office for a while. Was that a return favor from the Wagners for Pete Wagner's job in the school district? Or vice versa? Hmmm? And what line of work is Schmotzer gainfully employed nowadays? Is he in the window business with John or is he on his own? Is he still buying/selling sports events tickets? Just what does he do? Mrs. DiNardo .... you owe Mrs. Crowder a public apology as well as to the taxpayers in the district for your very unprofessional behavior. You are the most unprofessional person besides Marty Schmotzer that we have on this board. Hopefully you will not decide to run for re election. You will be voted off. And so will Schmotzer. And Kazour. And that is a good start. Have a Merry Christmas Nancy DiNardo and Marty Schmotzer.
Billee December 19, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Thanks for the knowledge of policy 004-BOG-1... how was the policy violated? Please respond - Thank you.
Brian Rampolla December 20, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Billee, you ask the $64,000 question. I have no idea how among nine board members, multiple administration members, and the board solicitor, not a single person took the initiative to make sure this procedure was followed or at least even discussed. These are the people we've entrusted to do what's best for the district, and they failed us.
Billee December 20, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Brian thanks for your reply. From what I have seen in you thus far ... you have such strength and energy. I ask you to run until your standing up in front of the magistrate taking your oath on behalf of our children. With Mr. Schmotzer and his passion and you with your organized clarity, strength and energy of persistence.. if balanced and maintained properly would produce meaningful outcomes for our children and the district at hand in my opinion.
Billee December 20, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I don't know if the board discussed 004-BOG-1. I do believe it was followed. If the public was unsatisfied with the nominees they had every right to file a petition with the court of Common Pleas depending on the date stamp of the former board presidents resignation and they failed to do so and present it before the board during public comment prior to the oath from what I can see. Mr. Schmotzer was validly sworn in. If the general public is unsatisfied with the school-boards current replacement they have no one to blame but themselves... please correct me if I'm wrong. Be the change you want to see and take personal responsibility and encourage people to vote in the next election.

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