Dennis Spisak

Running for
ResidenceStruthers, OH
EducationOhio University-Athens, Ohio Bachelor of Science in Communications Ohio State University-Columbus, Ohio Master of Arts-Education
EmployerComprehensive Children and Family Services, Sharon, Pa.
FamilyWife- Molly

Children- Brittany
Family in office?None
Reasons for runningI am running for re-election because I am dedicated and committed to improving public education for our children. I am truly an advocate for every child in our district. Having serve on the school board since 2006 I wish to continue my record of improving student achievement by effectively assessing progress made in student learning and school improvement.

I am running to continue serving in a positive professional manner with all segments of the school and community in order for all to be informed and involved in the schools.

Priorities If re-elected, my priorities are to tackle the significant issues facing the Struthers City Schools today:

School Funding-The uncertain state funding model, unfunded mandates, voucher programs/charter schools, and balancing school revenues and expenses.

Instructional Changes-New high stake testing, special education, school safety, the new Common Core academic/instructional standards, and third-grade guarantee.

I will look to continue to make decisions that truly improve our city schools for all children and the community while continuing the efficient use of tax dollars.

Qualifications25 years of experience in public education: 7 years as a high school teacher and 18 years as principal, assistant principal, ad athletic director.

As a board of education member since 2006, I have worked to make our district financially sound and improve academics for all of our students. Since being elected to the Board, We have emerged from State Fiscal Emergency. I served on the Football Stadium Committee which built a new football stadium for the students and citizens of Struthers WITH NO ADDITIONAL TAX DOLLARS. Over the past 8 years our school system has received an excellent rating from the state Department of Education and has been named a School of Promise. I believe my experience, education, and common sense approach to running our school district has earned me another 4 year term as your school board member.

I was also instrumental this past year in researching, negotiating, and supporting the lease agreement that saved WKTL-FM and the Saturday ethnic heritage music programs at our historic radio station.
Positions on the issues The task of running a school district grows more complex each year. The state and federal government continues to impose new requirements on public education and communities are demanding more. School boards are facing enormous fiscal pressures as we are being told to "do more with less."

School board members need to lead our communities in the fight to persuade our elected officials in Columbus and Washington that we can build a strong foundation for economic success and shared prosperity by investing in education. Providing expanded access to high quality education will not only expand economic opportunity for residents, but also likely do more to strengthen the overall state economy than anything else a state or federal government can do.
Offices Sought U.S. Congress-6th District, 2008

Ohio Governor- 2010
Offices Held Struthers Board of Education- 2006 to present