Your Name: Pamela Assenmacher
Running For (and which year will the term end?): Norristown Area School Board Director (4 year term starting December 2013 through November 2017)
Party Affiliation: Democratic
Positions Held Previously (both in and out of politics):
1) ELECTED POSITIONS:
-Norristown Area School Board – December 2009 – November 2013
-President NASD School Board 2013
2) VOLUNTEER SERVICE:
-NASD - Paul V. Fly Parent Faculty Club President ’02-’04, Member ’00-’05;
-NASD - Parent Club Council President ’05-’06, Co-Pres ’06-’07 Member ’02-‘12;
-NASD - East Norriton Middle School President ’07-’08; ’08-‘12, Member ’06-‘12; ENMS PIRC Solid Foundations Program ’08-’12; ENMS Principal Selection July-Aug 2008;
-NASD - NAHS Parent Faculty Club Co-President ’08-‘12, Member ’08-Present;
-NASD - Committee Member – Guiding Coalition and Strategic Planning ’04-’05, Redistricting ’05-’06, Superintendent Selection Nov. 2007
-PA School Board Association Liaison 2012
-NASD Recognition Committee Member / Chairperson 2009- Present
-NASD Finance Committee Member / Co-Chair 2010
-NASD Facilities Committee Chairperson 2011 – Present
Why are you running for office: It is my desire to be re-elected to the position of NASD School Board Director so that I can continue to serve our community in support of a quality education for all of our children.
What do you think are the biggest issues you would face in office? Government support for education has declined and we can no longer wait for funding, or assistance. We must take on the responsibility to financially support, educate and serve our community and students with appropriate funding sources (other than our local community tax base), sustain up-to-date 21st Century classroom technology (with the assistance of NAEF), and provide innovative educational and social programs so that each student is given the opportunity to further their education or technical skills and become productive members of our society.
If elected, what would you aim to accomplish: If re-elected, it is my desire to improve our academic standings with a stronger educational plan utilizing a teacher-parent-student team methodology, restore our sports programs into highly competitive teams, and maintain our funding for early childhood Pre-K and all day kindergarten programs, as well as our music and arts programs.
What else would you like residents to know about you? I am a proud parent of a NASD 10th Grade Student at Norristown Area High School and a 2012 NAHS Valedictorian Graduate currently attending the United States Naval Academy.