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Wednesday, October 18, 2006 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—More than 250 elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals, supervisors and other education leaders will convene in Pittsburgh for the 14th annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) to be held October 29-31, 2006, at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel.

Research indicates that the school principal is the most influential individual in any school. His or her leadership sets the tone for the school, the climate for teaching and the professionalism and morale of the teachers. But most of all, the principal is the leader in providing a safe, vital learning environment for our children [students]. It is the children [students] who we give our time, our energy and most of all our hearts. It is the children [students] that inspire us to be leaders. It is fitting that our conference theme is "Leadership - At the Heart of Education." Leadership is our gift to the children [students]," explained Marshall J. Wagner, the 2006 conference chairperson and a recently retired principal from the Hollidaysburg Area School.

Jim Buckheit, executive director of the State Board of Education, has been selected to receive the PA Principals Association's prestigious Educational Excellence Award. The honor is given annually to a citizen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who has made significant contributions to the attainment of education excellence in the state's elementary and secondary schools. Mr. Buckheit has demonstrated a sincere commitment to the quality of public education in the Commonwealth.The award will be presented to Mr. Buckheit during PA Principals Association's annual banquet (6:15 p.m. on Sunday, October 29, 2006).

In addition to the 77 vendors exhibiting their wares for schools and classrooms, a multitude of professional and informational breakout sessions and keynote addresses will be presented to attendees during the three-day conference. Dr. Ruby K. Payne has been involved with education since 1972 as a teacher, principal, consultant and administrator. She is also the founder and president of aha! Process, Inc. She will present "Helping Students in Poverty Succeed" at the First General Session on Sunday, October 29, 2006.

Dr. Lorraine Monroe is the founder, president and chief executive officer of the Lorraine Monroe Leadership Institute (LMLI) in New York City. She will speak on "Maintaining Our Humanity in Stressful Times" at the Second General Session on Monday, October 30, 2006.

Also, on Monday, Robert L. McTiernan, Esq., a shareholder with the law firm of Tucker/Arensburg, Pittsburgh, and an attorney in the PA Principals Association regional network, will present the Third General Session, "The Constitution Goes to School: How the Bill of Rights Affects Your Job."

As the final general session speaker on Tuesday, October 31, 2006, Dr. Kevin Elko, counselor, educator and author, will present the seven steps of "Nerves of Steel" at the Fourth General Session. He published the book, "Nerves of Steel," a powerful life-management program.

Other distinguished speakers and guests include the Mark Roosevelt, superintendent of the Pittsburgh School District; Sen. Jane Clare Orie (R) of the 40th Senatorial District serving portions of northern Allegheny County and central and southern Butler County; the president of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Joseph A. Militello, principal of Archie R. Cole Middle School in East Greenwich, R.I.; and president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Alan E. Michelson, principal of Cordill-Mason Elementary School.

For further information or to schedule an interview or photo, please contact Sheri Thompson, PA Principals Association director of communications at (717) 732-4999 (office), (717) 395-6814 (cell) or e-mail: sherit@paprincipals.org.

PA Principals Association's Mission: The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals is dedicated to assuring that every Pennsylvania child receives the very best education possible. In carrying out this mission, the association recognizes that the early elementary years are most crucial to successful lifelong learning, that appropriate middle level programs are essential for successful adolescent maturation and development and that strong high school programs are critical for preparing youth for successful entry and transition into adulthood.

PA Principals Association recognizes an obligation to make continuing contributions toward strengthening the principalship and the profession. The association is committed to providing critical professional growth opportunities through training programs, opportunities for constructive professional mentoring and relationships, publications, conferences and professional meetings and activities aimed at helping aspiring principals in reaching their goals and practicing principals to hone their skills.

 
Wednesday, November 9, 2005 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—Brian L. Cashman, Sr., principal of Susquehannock High School in the Southern York County School District, is the 2005-06 president of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association). He assumed the position following the PA Principals Association Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, October 25, 2005, during the PA Principals Association State Conference in King of Prussia.

During his career in education, Mr. Cashman also served as principal at Columbia Senior High School and as an assistant principal at Cedar Cliff High School. He has been an administrator since 1988.

A member of PA Principals Association/NASSP for 16 years, he served most recently as president-elect. He also was the Central II regional representative to both the PA Principals Association board of directors and the former Pennsylvania Association of Secondary School Principals (PASSP) board. In addition, he served as the advisor to PA Principals Association's Secondary Awards Committee, as the PA Principals Association State Conference co-chairperson in 1999, as a member of the NASSP Student Activities Contest Committee and PIAA District III Committee.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in health and physical education from Slippery Rock University and a master of science degree in school administration from Western Maryland University. Mr. Cashman has completed course work towards a D.Ed. from NOVA Southeastern University.

Mr. Cashman resides in Hanover, Pa., with his wife, Judy, a teacher at Smith Middle School in York City School District. They have three children, Chris, 32; Brian, Jr., 30; and Jennie, 27.

PA Principals Association's mission is to: Assist members in fulfilling their role as instructional leaders and effective managers who promote the best educational program for all students; give members an effective voice in the educational decision-making process at the local, state and national levels; and improve members' working conditions so that their rights are protected, their job descriptions are reasonable, the importance of their instructional leadership role is recognized and their salaries and fringe benefits are equitable.

 
Monday, October 31, 2005 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—Joseph J. Foriska, principal of Thaddeus Stevens Elementary School in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, and past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association), was honored as the outgoing president by his peers and invited guests at the thirteenth annual state principals' conference in King of Prussia. Mr. Foriska was presented with a plaque and a ring for his exemplary service to the association during 2004-2005 during the annual banquet held at the Valley Forge Radisson / Scanticon in King of Prussia on Monday evening, October 24, 2005.

Mr. Foriska has been an educator in the Pittsburgh area for more than 30 years. He began his career as a speech language pathologist. He then became the assistant principal at Knoxville M.S. and then, Prospect M.S. In 1990, he took his first principal position at Burgwin E.S., followed by principalships at Arsenal M.S., the Pioneer Education Center, Langley H.S. and Thaddeus Stevens E.S. (from 1998-present).

Mr. Foriska is involved in many professional and community activities. He has served as president, president-elect, past president and as a regional representative (West IV) of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary School Principals (PAESP); president, president-elect and now immediate past president of the consolidated PA Principals Association; and as chairman of the PA Principals Association Executive Committee.

In addition, he is a member of both NAESP and NASSP, past treasurer of the Pittsburgh Administrators' Association (PAA), an active member of the PAA Meet & Discuss Committee and chairperson of the PAA Tax Shelter Annuity Providers Committee. Additionally, he served as the first vice president of PAA from 1990-1993.

Mr. Foriska and his wife, Diane, have three children, Joe, Jr., Phillip and Shellie. They reside in Bethel Park, Pa.

PA Principals Association's mission: The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals is dedicated to assuring that every Pennsylvania child receives the very best education possible. In carrying out this mission, the association recognizes that the early elementary years are most crucial to successful lifelong learning, that appropriate middle level programs are essential for successful adolescent maturation and development and that strong high school programs are critical for preparing youth for successful entry and transition into adulthood.

PA Principals Association recognizes an obligation to make continuing contributions toward strengthening the principalship and the profession. The association is committed to providing critical professional growth opportunities through training programs, opportunities for constructive professional mentoring and relationships, publications, conferences and professional meetings and activities aimed at helping aspiring principals in reaching their goals and practicing principals to hone their skills.

 
Thursday, October 13, 2005 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA) — Dr. Gerald L. Zahorchak, Acting Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, has been selected to receive the prestigious Educational Excellence Award for 2005 from the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association). The award, given annually, recognizes a Pennsylvanian who has made significant contributions to public education and who continues to demonstrate a sincere commitment to quality education for all the children of the Commonwealth. Dr. Zahorchak will be presented with the award in a special ceremony during the banquet at PA Principals Association's thirteenth annual state conference, Monday, October 24, 2005, at the Valley Forge Radisson / Scanticon Hotel & Convention Center, King of Prussia, Pa.

 

Dr. Zahorchak's commitment to the education of Pennsylvania's students has guided him to numerous leadership roles. He was instrumental in the release of Pennsylvania's first and now ongoing Academic Achievement Reports. He has led PDE's Office of Elementary and Secondary Education's development and implementation of support systems for public schools working to meet the high demands of the Pennsylvania and NCLB accountability targets.

Dr. Zahorchak is the former superintendent of the Greater Johnstown School District where he helped to raise student achievement levels, and lead all schools in meeting Adequate Yearly Progress. Under his leadership, the Greater Johnstown School District implemented full-day kindergarten, pre-kindergarten, tutoring programs and hired reading and math coaches to boost student learning.

As an educator, he has been a teacher, football coach, principal and superintendent of schools. He serves on many state and national committees working to improve student achievement and is also a devoted member of the Johnstown community. Among his numerous awards are the "Distinguished Alumnus in Education" President's Award from St. Francis University, 2004; the Pennsylvania League of Urban School Leadership Award; and the 2005 Pennsylvania Association of Federal Programs Distinguished Educator Award.

PA Principals Association's Mission: The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals is dedicated to assuring that every Pennsylvania child receives the very best education possible. In carrying out this mission, the association recognizes that the early elementary years are most crucial to successful lifelong learning, that appropriate middle level programs are essential for successful adolescent maturation and development and that strong high school programs are critical for preparing youth for successful entry and transition into adulthood.

PA Principals Association recognizes an obligation to make continuing contributions toward strengthening the principalship and the profession. The association is committed to providing critical professional growth opportunities through training programs, opportunities for constructive professional mentoring and relationships, publications, conferences and professional meetings and activities aimed at helping aspiring principals in reaching their goals and practicing principals to hone their skills.

 
Thursday, October 13, 2005 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—More than 225 elementary, middle level and secondary school principals, assistant principals and supervisors will convene in King of Prussia for the thirteenth annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) to be held October 23-25, 2005, at the Valley Forge Radisson / Scanticon Hotel & Convention Center.

According to Thomas W. Sigafoos, principal at Ridge Park Elementary School in the Colonial School District and the 2005 conference chairperson, "This year's theme, No PRINCIPAL Left Behind, was deliberately selected to parallel the No Child Left Behind initiative. Issues such as accountability for student achievement, assessment, rigorous curricula and innovative approaches are being addressed in this year's program."

Dr. Gerald L. Zahorchak, Acting Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, has been selected to receive the PA Principals Association's prestigious Educational Excellence Award. The honor is given annually to a citizen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who has made significant contributions to the attainment of education excellence in the state's elementary and secondary schools. Dr. Zahorchak has demonstrated a sincere commitment to the quality of public education in the Commonwealth. The award will be presented to Dr. Zahorchak during the PA Principals Association's annual banquet (6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 24, 2005).

In addition to the more than 85 vendors exhibiting their wares for schools and classrooms, a multitude of professional and informational breakout sessions and keynote addresses will be presented to attendees during the three-day conference. Dr. Michael Pladus, superintendent of schools in the School District of Upper Dublin, former principal and recipient of the 1999 NASSP/MetLife National Secondary Principal of the Year Award, will present "The Lessons of a Lifetime: Observations and Insights on the Principalship," in the First General Session on Sunday, October 23, 2005.

Dr. Daniel Gottlieb, Philadelphia area psychologist/family therapist, motivational speaker and author will speak on "Maintaining Our Humanity in Stressful Times" at the Second General Session on Monday, October 24, 2005.

Also, on Monday, October 24, Salome Thomas-EL, educator, chess coach and author of I Choose to Stay, will present the third general session, "Why We Choose to Stay: The Power of the Principal."

As the final general session speaker on Monday, October 24, Michael I. Levin, Esq., PA Principals Association's chief legal counsel and president of Levin Legal Group in Huntingdon, Pa., will present the annual "School Law Update."

"The Original" Mike Smith, will take the conference theme, "No PRINCIPAL Left Behind," and bring it to life at the final general session on Tuesday, October 25, 2005. Smith, known as an "edutainer," is a motivational speaker, leadership trainer and author.

Other distinguished speakers and guests include the president of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, David Vodila, who is the principal at Red Lion High School in Red Lion, Pa., and Susan E. Masterson, the president of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).

For further information or to schedule an interview or photo opportunity, please contact Sheri Thompson, PA Principals Association director of communications at (717) 732-4999 or
e-mail: sherit@paprincipals.org.

PA Principals Association's mission: The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals is dedicated to assuring that every Pennsylvania child receives the very best education possible. In carrying out this mission, the association recognizes that the early elementary years are most crucial to successful lifelong learning, that appropriate middle level programs are essential for successful adolescent maturation and development and that strong high school programs are critical for preparing youth for successful entry and transition into adulthood.

PA Principals Association recognizes an obligation to make continuing contributions toward strengthening the principalship and the profession. The association is committed to providing critical professional growth opportunities through training programs, opportunities for constructive professional mentoring and relationships, publications, conferences and professional meetings and activities aimed at helping aspiring principals in reaching their goals and practicing principals to hone their skills.

 
Thursday, October 28, 2004 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—Ronald W. Dufalla, Ph.D., principal of Brentwood High School in the Brentwood Borough School District, and outgoing president of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association), was honored by his peers and guests at the twelfth annual state principals' conference in Pittsburgh. Dr. Dufalla was presented with a plaque and a ring for his exemplary service to the association during 2003-2004 at the annual banquet held at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel on Monday evening, October 25, 2004.

Dr. Dufalla served as the first president of the newly-consolidated PA Principals Association. In October 2003, the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary School Principals (PAESP) and the Pennsylvania Association of Secondary School Principals (PASSP) merged to form the PA Principals Association. He currently serves the association as immediate past president.

Dr. Dufalla has been an educator for more than 28 years. He began his career as a social studies teacher in Fox Chapel High School and Brentwood Junior-Senior High School. He then became the assistant principal at Brentwood Junior-Senior High School and Brentwood Middle-High School from 1986-1996. He also served as principal of Brentwood Middle-High School from 1996-1999.

Dr. Dufalla received a bachelor of science degree in social studies education from Edinboro State College. He received a master of science degree in secondary education from Duquesne University and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Dufalla is involved in many professional and community organizations. Some of these include the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, the Western Pennsylvania Principals' Academy, the Alumni Association of the University of Pittsburgh and the Alumni Association of Edinboro University.

He has been married for 27 years to Debbie, a full-time, "stay-at-home mom." They have two children: Stephen, 22, and Theresa, 11. They reside in McKeesport, Pa.

Susan Stewart, recently retired as the division chief for candidate evaluation services in the Bureau of Teacher Certification in the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), was also honored with the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals' prestigious Educational Excellence Award during the banquet. The honor is given annually to a citizen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who has made significant contributions to the attainment of educational excellence in the state's elementary and secondary schools. Ms. Stewart has demonstrated a sincere commitment to the quality of public education in the Commonwealth.

PA Principals Association's mission: The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals is dedicated to assuring that every Pennsylvania child receives the very best education possible. In carrying out this mission, the association recognizes that the early elementary years are most crucial to successful lifelong learning, that appropriate middle level programs are essential for successful adolescent maturation and development and that strong high school programs are critical for preparing youth for successful entry and transition into adulthood.

PA Principals Association recognizes an obligation to make continuing contributions toward strengthening the principalship and the profession. The association is committed to providing critical professional growth opportunities through training programs, opportunities for constructive professional mentoring and relationships, publications, conferences and professional meetings and activities aimed at helping aspiring principals in reaching their goals and practicing principals to hone their skills.

 
Tuesday, March 16, 2004 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—The Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) is pleased to announce that David Vodila, a PA Principals Association member and principal of Red Lion Area High School, has been elected as the 2004-2005 President-Elect of the 33,000-member National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), Reston, Va.

Vodila was elected by a group of his peers during the NASSP National Convention & Exposition, February 27 - March 1, 2004, in Orlando, Fla. He will take over as President of the national association in 2005-2006. As NASSP president-elect, Vodila will lead an organization committed to providing a "national voice" on issues of the principalship to the halls of Congress, the White House and the news media.

According to Vodila, "The principal is essential to the well-being of the students in our nation's schools. Our Association is vital to providing principals with the tools needed to complete their mission, and to protect the students that have been placed in their care."

Vodila served the PA Principals Association (formerly the Pennsylvania Association of Secondary School Principals) as past president, president, president-elect, NASSP coordinator and as a member of the Executive Board. He was named Pennsylvania's Principal of the Year in 1993 and received the prestigious Mamana Meritorious Service Award from the state secondary principals' association in 2001. In 2000, he was responsible for originating the Pennsylvania Emergency Response Team (PERT).

Nationally, Vodila served on the NASSP Board of Directors since 2000, was chairman of the NASSP Finance Committee, a member of the NASSP Steering Committee and a member of the National Principals' Emergency Response Team.

Vodila has been the principal at Red Lion Area High School since 1995. He also served as principal of Slippery Rock High School (1981-1995) and was the assistant principal at Washington High School (1976-1981).

He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

For further information or to schedule an interview, please contact Sheri Thompson, PA Principals Association Director of Communications at (717) 732-4999 or e-mail sherit@paprincipals.org.

PA Principals Association's mission is to: Assist members in fulfilling their role as instructional leaders and effective managers who promote the best educational program for all students; give members an effective voice in the educational decision-making process at the local, state and national levels; and improve members' working conditions so that their rights are protected, their job descriptions are reasonable, the importance of their instructional leadership role is recognized and their salaries and fringe benefits are equitable.

 
Sunday, October 5, 2003 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)— Paula K. Hess, D.Ed., senior advisor to the Speaker of the House and the Majority Leader in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, has been selected to receive the prestigious Educational Excellence Award for 2003 from the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association). The award, given annually, recognizes a Pennsylvanian who has made significant contributions to public education and who continues to demonstrate a sincere commitment to quality education for all the children of the Commonwealth. The award will be presented to Dr. Hess in a special ceremony during the banquet at PA Principals Association's eleventh annual state conference, Monday, October 20, 2003, at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel, Camp Hill, Pa..

Dr. Hess has had a long-term career in the education, political and legislative arenas, beginning as a teacher in the Cornwall-Lebanon School District and as a curriculum coordinator at the Refugee Basic School for Indochinese refugee students at Ft. Indiantown Gap. She has also worked for the Pennsylvania State Education Association and the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators. In 1982, Dr. Hess became the director of legislation in the office of the Republican Majority Leader/Republican Whip, Rep. Samuel E. Hayes, Jr. She has been working in the House of Representatives in some management capacity ever since.

She received a bachelor of arts in sociology and secondary education from Lebanon Valley College and a master's of education (elementary education) from the Pennsylvania State University. Additionally, she earned a doctorate in education administration from the Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Hess is a member of Pi Gamma Mu (National Social Science Honor Society) and Phi Delta Kappa Education Honor Society. She was named in Who's Who of American Women in 1994 and received the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education Special Award in 1975.

PA Principals Association's mission is to: Assist members in fulfilling their role as instructional leaders and effective managers who promote the best educational program for all students; give members an effective voice in the educational decision-making process at the local, state and national levels; and improve members' working conditions so that their rights are protected, their job descriptions are reasonable, the importance of their instructional leadership role is recognized and their salaries and fringe benefits are equitable.

 
Sunday, October 5, 2003 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—More than 200 elementary and secondary school principals will convene in Camp Hill for the eleventh annual conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals (PA Principals Association) to be held October 19-21, 2003, at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel.

Dr. Paula K. Hess has been selected to receive the PA Principals Association's prestigious Educational Excellence Award. The honor is given annually to a citizen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who has made significant contributions to the attainment of education excellence in the state's elementary and secondary schools. Dr. Hess has demonstrated a sincere commitment to the quality of public education in the Commonwealth. The award will be presented to Dr. Hess during the PA Principals Association's annual banquet
(6 p.m. on Monday, October 20, 2003).

 

In addition to the more than 70 vendors exhibiting their wares for schools and classrooms, a multitude of professional and informational breakout sessions and keynote addresses will be presented to attendees during the three-day conference. Carl P. Beard, Esq., is a partner in the law firm of Andrews & Beard in Altoona and practices in the areas of labor, employment and school and municipal law. Beard formerly served as the legal counsel for the Pennsylvania Schools Boards Association. He will present the "School Law Update" during the first general session on Sunday, October 19, 2003.

Dr. Douglas Reeves, chairman and founder of the Center for Performance Assessment, will discuss "Standards and Accountability for Individual Student Progress" on Monday, October 20, 2003, at the second general session. Schools throughout the United States and in several other countries are transforming their approach to standards, assessment and accountability by using Dr. Reeves' practical popular books and video series. Dr. Reeves has published 14 books, and he is the author of the best-selling, Making Standards Work, now in its third edition.

In the third general session on Tuesday, October 21, 2003, Jamie Vollmer, a speaker/consultant who works to increase community support for public education, will deliver a keynote address titled, "You Cannot Do This Alone." Vollmer is a former corporate CEO and attorney who now works to halt the erosion of public trust in public schools. He is president of Vollmer & Associates, Inc., in Fairfield, Iowa.

For further information or to schedule an interview or photo opportunity, please contact
Sheri Thompson, PA Principals Association Director of Communications at (717) 732-4999 or e-mail sherit@paprincipals.org.

PA Principals Association's mission is to: Assist members in fulfilling their role as instructional leaders and effective managers who promote the best educational program for all students; give members an effective voice in the educational decision-making process at the local, state and national levels; and improve members' working conditions so that their rights are protected, their job descriptions are reasonable, the importance of their instructional leadership role is recognized and their salaries and fringe benefits are equitable.

 
Monday, November 4, 2002 5:00 PM

(Harrisburg, PA)—Frank P. Galicki, principal of Dallas Senior High School in the Dallas School District, and outgoing president of the Pennsylvania Association of Secondary School Principals (PASSP), was honored by his peers and guests at the tenth annual state principals' conference in Reading. Galicki was presented with a plaque and a ring for his exemplary service to the association as president during 2001-2002 at the annual banquet held at the Reading Sheraton Hotel on Monday evening, October 21, 2002.
 
Galicki currently serves PASSP as immediate past president, and has served as the chair of the Pennsylvania Associations of Elementary and Secondary School Principals' Joint Management Committee. He is a former president-elect, president and immediate past president of PASSP, as well as a member of the conference committee (1994-present) and the East I Regional Representative (1993-1997). 

Galicki began his career in education as a social studies teacher at Northwest High School. He served as an assistant principal at Berwick and Dallas high schools. He has been principal at Dallas Senior High School since 1984.

In addition to being a member of PASSP and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), he is a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.
  
During Galicki's tenure as PASSP president and past president, the Pennsylvania Principals' Emergency Response Team (PERT) was created. A cadre of principals has been trained and is prepared and available to principals who need assistance in crisis management and natural disasters. He also assisted with the creation of the Pennsylvania Educational Leadership Foundation (PELF), the foundation of the PA Principals Association.
  
Galicki has been a PIAA official in basketball, baseball and football for the past 25 years. He has umpired professionally for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Red Barons and has officiated professional football in the Empire Football League for the past 12 years.

For the past 12 years, Galicki has been a Eucharistic minister at the Ascension Roman Catholic Church in Mocanaqua, Pa. He also teaches fifth and sixth grade confirmation classes.

A graduate of Wilkes College, he holds a bachelor of arts in social studies/education. He also holds a master of science in secondary administration and a master of science in elementary administration from Scranton University. He received his superintendent's letter of eligibility from Lehigh University.

Galicki and his wife, Terry, a teacher in the Pleasant Valley School District, have three daughters: Dora Marie, a graduate of Penn State University is presently teaching elementary art in the Phoenixville School District; Tess, a junior at Penn State University and a social studies/secondary education major, plays the cymbals in the Blue Band; and Lena, a junior English/secondary education major, plays the mellowphone in the Bald Eagle Blue Band.

Sen. Robert J. Mellow, Democratic floor leader serving the 22nd senatorial district, was also honored with the Pennsylvania Associations of Elementary and Secondary School Principals' (PA Principals Association) prestigious Educational Excellence Award during the banquet. Mark Mekilo, Sen. Mellow's senior assistant counsel, was on hand to accept the award on the senator's behalf. The honor is given annually to a citizen of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania who has made significant contributions to the attainment of education excellence in the state's elementary and secondary schools. Sen. Mellow has demonstrated a sincere commitment to the quality of public education in the Commonwealth.

PA Principals Association's mission is to: Assist members in fulfilling their role as instructional leaders and effective managers who promote the best educational program for all students; give members an effective voice in the educational decision-making process at the local, state and national levels; and improve members' working conditions so that their rights are protected, their job descriptions are reasonable, the importance of their instructional leadership role is recognized and their salaries and fringe benefits are equitable.


From left to right:
Frank P. Galicki, principal of Dallas Sr. High School, was honored as the outgoing PASSP president (2001-2002) during the banquet at the PA Principals Association State Conference. Joseph Foriska, principal of Stevens Elementary School, was also honored at the banquet as the outgoing PAESP president (2001-2002).

 
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