Knauss endorsesTrigg, Murphy, Jones and MacPherson

As a current Unionville Chadds Ford school board director
I'm asking the public to carefully weigh their choices in the upcoming UCF
school board election. The candidates who will continue the positive behavior
of the past two years are the trio of Timotha Trigg, Frank Murphy and Sharon
Jones (Chadds Ford, Pennsbury) and Rob MacPherson (East and West Marlborough).

In contrast, their opponents have repeatedly shown a disregard for the public
voice and an ease in spending your tax dollars as evidenced by their support of
the expansive high school addition. If past behavior is any indication of
future behavior, these free spending candidates would return to the
we-know-best ways of the past.

There has been a remarkable, positive change in school board
behavior over the last two years. I'd like to keep it that way. No longer do we
have a board that ignores the public voice as was previously evident with the
high school project. Board deliberations are conducted in open session with
pertinent documents easily accessible on the district's web site. Public
comment is welcomed and encouraged.

An excellent replacement for our retiring superintendent was
selected with public involvement. No longer do we have a sky's-the-limit
spending attitude. A modest contract has been negotiated with the teachers which
includes a one-year wage freeze. Cost reductions in transportation and
maintenance services have been implemented. Tax increases have been kept at or below
the Act 1 Index for the past two years in contrast with previous behavior. All
this has been done while maintaining excellent academic performance as shown by
our recent PSSA and SAT scores.

Please allow us to continue our sound educational and fiscal
policies by electing MacPherson, and the trio of Trigg, Murphy and Jones this
November. For clarity, these are my personal views and may or may not represent
the views of other school board members.

Keith Knauss
UCF School Director

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