Name: Douglas Gerwick
City of Residence: Grove City, PA (Pine Township)
Party Affiliation: Republican – also on Democratic ballot
Office Desired: School Director
Why I should be elected
Proven Experience I believe that I offer the residents of the Grove City Area School District the best background for election to the school board. Prior to moving to Pine Township in January 2012, I served for over 18 years as the Magisterial District Judge in Venango County. The court that I served was located in Emlenton, Pennsylvania. As a public servant, I was responsible for ensuring that tax dollars were spent in a fiscally prudent manner. Each dollar spent was a dollar that a tax payer worked hard to earn. As a judge, I served on the bench listening to each side present their facts and arguments and applied the law to the facts presented. From December 1987 to December 1990 I had the privilege of serving as a school director for the A-C Valley School District. During my tenure on the board I was the chair of the instructional services committee and the alternate district representative to the Mercer County Career Center Board of Directors. Due to administration retirements, I was also involved in the interviewing and hiring process of a new superintendent, high school principal and elementary school supervisor. I attended a number of seminars sponsored by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association to be better able to serve the district. In 1993 I graduated from the Duquesne University School of Law. I have been a member of the Pennsylvania Bar since November 1993. Since then, I have earned certifications from Cornell University’s The Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution in Labor Mediation and Labor Arbitration. Both of those certifications will serve me well as a school director.
Top three priorities
1) Serve with respect for the other board members and members of the community. I want to help restore a civil, respectful, idea sharing atmosphere on the board. The internal animosity towards each other on the board has lasted long enough. During my prior service as a school director we never needed a time out to regain our composure due to disagreements. We were able to discuss and agree to disagree as adults.
2) Ensure that tax dollars are spent wisely. Each dollar of revenue comes from the wallets of our taxpayers. Now that the current board has taken on a second multi-million dollar building project, we need to ensure that we do not waste tax dollars on unnecessary expenses…ie t-shirts provided to staff for the two days of trying out a block schedule.
3) Ensure that our students are provided with a quality education that will provide them with a firm foundation for their future. This includes working to not transition to a permanent block schedule which would reduce their instruction time by almost a fourth and has proven to not work in most districts that tried it during the 1990s.
A-C Valley School Director 1987-1990 Magisterial District Judge December 1993 – January 2012 Attorney 1993 – present Clarion University of PA – BA History Duquesne University School of Law – Juris Doctor Cornell University Scheinman Institute – Certifications in both Labor Arbitration and Labor Mediation Married and father of two sons that currently attend Grove City School District. Member of Beloved Disciple Church Member of Pennsylvania Bar Association