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By For The Daily Courier
Monday, March 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Bryan Kisiel of Dunbar Township is seeking a nomination for an open seat on the Connellsville Area School Board. He has cross-filed.

Kisiel, 51, a graduate of Penn State University, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He became certified in the field in 1986 and opened his CPA firm in Connellsville in 1992.

He believes his vast background in business and knowledge of finance would be great assets to the position.

“I bring to the position almost 30 years of business and finance education, experience and success,” Kisiel said. “In all aspects of my business, I do my homework and make intelligent and informed decisions, with the facts, that are in the best interest of my clients and my staff. What is right is right and what is fair is fair; it shouldn't need to be any more complicated.

“I will bring this same selfless independence, experience, accountability, responsibility and dedication to serving the best interests of the students, taxpayers and employees of the Connellsville Area School District.”

Kisiel ran for school board in the past, he said, missing the appointment by only a few votes. He hopes the momentum that he started to build will continue, resulting in a nod from the voters.

With a focus on finance, he would like to tackle the budget head-on.

“Our school district has a $70 million budget, and managing this budget to get the best value for the taxpayer dollars, while ensuring the best possible academic preparation for our students and the necessary tools and best combination of facilities for the students, teachers and support staff, will be a challenge I am best qualified to tackle,” Kisiel said. “It is not sufficient to just worry about this year; planning must be done looking out three, five and 10 years. Our district doesn't have the deep pockets necessary to be shortsighted in planning for the future.”

Active in the community, he is a member of numerous organizations and sits on several boards, showing daily his commitment to the city and its residents.

“Actions speak louder than words, and my dedication to this community is evidenced by what I have helped accomplish, directly and indirectly, over the last 20-plus years as a volunteer and financial supporter for many community projects and organizations,” Kisiel said. “I have no personal agenda other than to improve the quality of education for our future generations while being fiscally responsible and accountable to the taxpayers and employees of our district.

“As a business owner, as well as a business adviser to other businesses in our community, I see firsthand the importance of education to our community's economy,” he added. “It is the key to attract and grow businesses to give our children the opportunities they need to stay in our community after graduation. Our future depends on it, so we desperately need to restore the pride in our educational system and our community.”

Kisiel, who has two children attending school in the district, believes his addition to the board of directors would be an asset.

“I believe my background and experience qualifies me as having one of the best financial backgrounds of the candidates on the ballot for the four open seats,” he said. “Considering the declining population base, current economy and the inevitable financial crisis our school district is facing, it is more important than ever to supplement the academic and operational expertise on the board with a proven and successful financial expert like myself.”

Kisiel and his wife, Margel, have two children.

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