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Harshman seeking Connellsville Area School Board seat

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By For The Daily Courier
Friday, April 1, 2011

Paul Harshman of Connellsville Township is seeking a seat on the Connellsville Area School Board in the May primary.

"I've attended the school board meetings for the last six years. I'm interested in making things better for our students. I also support more community involvement and I would be accessible to the public to hear their concerns and issues. Having been involved with the Falcon Foundation since its inception, I've been able to spend a lot of time in our schools. I've been able to see the issues with which our students and staff are dealing, and I want to be a part of improving our school district," said Harshman.

Harshman is retired from Allegheny Power Company. He has been secretary and treasurer of the Falcon Foundation and is chairman of the Allocation Committee. The Allocation Committee is responsible for purchasing items to benefit students and further their academic achievement.

Previously, Harshman held positions as CEO of the Scottdale YMCA. He has also been involved as a member of the school district's Wellness Committee.

"My only agenda is making the district better for our students and teachers while being fiscally responsible to the taxpayers. With all of the governor's proposed cuts to education funding, I'm very concerned about what the impact of this will be to our school district. I'd hate to see our students lose any programs and educational benefits that they currently have. We hope that our legislators will hear our concerns and fight the proposed cuts," Harshman said.

Harshman is married and has three children who attended Connellsville Area School District. He has five grandchildren.

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