Your Name: E. Pearl Smith
Running For (and which year will the term end?): School Board Director Norristown Area School District, [term ending] 2017
Party Affiliation: Democrat
Positions Held Previously (both in and out of politics):
-President of Norristown Area School Board of Directors (2 years)
-Vice President of Norristown Area School Board of Directors (6 years)
-President of Business and Profession Women’s Org
-President of Phila. Purchasing Association
-President of Pa Education Support Union
-President of Celestial Choir of Mt Zion AME Church
-President of Coop Club of Mt. Zion AME Church
-Minority Representative for PA School Association
Why are you running for office: Students’ achievements are my number one priority and are the main purpose for my existence and why I am running for my 4th term as a school board director.
What do you think are the biggest issues you would face in office?
-Working to keep our budget from raising property taxes
-Closing the achievement gap
If elected, what would you aim to accomplish?
-Work closely with the Superintendent to increase our academic standards
-Focus on our children and their education
-Help with property taxes relief
-Introduce a Senior Citizen tax break
-Introduce a Gold Card for Sr. to be used in the district for special events that require a ticket purchase
-Help establish forms of income for the District without depending on property taxes
What else would you like residents to know about you?
I will continue to be a leader with honesty, integrity, accountability and a positive outlook for the district that will impact the Norristown Area School District.