Teens, schools, military recruiters, pedophiles, Satan, deception, and death

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Teens, schools, military recruiters, pedophiles, Satan, deception, and death

See: Tots Today, Troops Tomorrow – http://morallowground.com/2013/05/14/tots-today-troops-tomorrow/

Chambersburg Area School District enables the US military to groom and exploit vulnerable teens in order to turn them into killers and cannon fodder

Note: The US military has two (2) purposes: 1) kill people; 2) break things.

Economy helps military recruiters reach goals

Recruiters use a number of methods, including popular technology, to reach their targeted audience. Although some of them use Facebook MySpace, and Twitter, practically all of them use face-to-face visits at high schools and colleges.

“We spend time in high schools and colleges,” Traux said. “High schools are very open. They’re good, friendly schools.”…

“The school cafeteria is commonly used because it allows students to come up and inquire about the military, Barnhart said.

“My job is to allow them to ask questions. Normally they can’t come to the recruiter’s office,” Barnhart said. “At the school I have face-to-face time to explain the benefits and college education, as well as what basic training is like, and how to qualify.”

“According to Barnhart, the schools generally allow one military service branch at a time to use the cafeteria. When on college campuses, Barnhart said he gets to tell students about the Air Force’s Officer Training School through which the recruits can become commissioned officers.

“Navy recruiters, like the Army recruiters, also use Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, according to Pennington.

Source: Economy helps military recruiters reach goals – http://www.publicopiniononline.com/localnews/ci_16098344

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Professor Compares Military Recruiters with Sex Predators

“Amy Hagopian, a professor of Global Health at the University of Washington, has been on a crusade to end military recruitment at local high schools. In 2005, she was behind the first successful effort in the U.S. to ban military recruiters on a high school campus. And these days, under the guise of scholarship, she has co-authored an article for the American Journal of Public Health that compares military recruiters to child sex predators.”

Source: Professor Compares Military Recruiters with Sex Predators – http://ricochet.com/main-feed/Prof-Compares-Military-Recruiters-with-Sex-Predators

Exploit – To make use of selfishly or unethically.

Exploit – Defines to take advantage of something (a person, situation, etc.), especially unethically or unjustly for one’s own end.

EXPLOITING CHILDREN – US MILITARY USING UNETHICAL VIDEO GAMES TO RECRUIT KIDS FOR WAR 

“America’s Army is one of the most popular computer games on the planet and like many games, it is a shoot-em-up, get-the-bad guys kind of affair.

“But unlike other games, America’s Army is truly a product of the US military. The Army first released the game a few years ago as a recruiting tool. – from a BBC article on the unethical military recruiting video game

“Given that the US military is using video games to recruit children, how is it possible that the government wants to protect children from violent video games?

“Are the only quality violent video games ones that help guide kids toward signing up to die in a real war?”

Source: EXPLOITING CHILDREN – US MILITARY USING UNETHICAL VIDEO GAMES TO RECRUIT KIDS FOR WAR – http://www.enthalpy.net/archives/000774.html

VIDEO – America’s Army 3 Walkthrough [Part 1] – Obstacle course & Basic Rifle Marksmanship – http://youtu.be/bL6UnSUe8Zw

Groom – To prepare, as for a specific position or purpose

Grooming (sex) – The criminal activity of becoming friends with a child, especially in order to try to persuade the child to have a sexual relationship with you

Grooming (military) – The criminal activity of becoming friends with a teen, especially in order to try to persuade the teen to join the military.

The Five Stages of Grooming by a Pedophile and a Military Recruiter

Ninety percent of child molesters and military recruiters know their victims. Would you recognize a predator near your family? Listed below are the five stages a pedophile and military recruiter goes through to groom a victim:

Stage 1: Identifying a Possible Victim

Although pedophiles/recruiters differ in their “type” regarding age, appearance and gender, all pedophiles/recruiters will look for a victim who seems in some way vulnerable.

Stage 2: Collecting Information

The next step is for the pedophile/recruiter to collect as much information on the targeted victim as possible. This is most commonly done through casual conversations with both the child and the parents or caretaker.

Stage 3: Filling a Need

Once the individual has the information he needs, he then becomes part of the child’s life by filling a need. If the victim is poor, for example, the pedophile/recruiter will provide him/her with expensive toys/video games. If the victim is lonely, the pedophile/recruiter will act as a friend.

Stage 4: Lowering Inhibitions

The pedophile/recruiter will then start to lower the child’s inhibitions concerning sexual/violence matters. He may come up with games or activities that involve getting undressed, killing the enemy, military weapons, make sexual, violent, patriotic comments, or show the child pornographic or violent and patriotic images or pictures.

Stage 5: Initiating the Abuse

At this final stage, the pedophile/recruiter begins to sexually abuse the child or manages to recruit the child into the military.

“A big portion of these pedophiles/recruiters will pick a family that is distressed,” Dr. Phil says. “They’ll pick someone who’s underfunded, maybe both parents are working or it’s a single mother, there may be illness in the family and the kids are kind of being pushed to the side and being neglected. So we have this savior that comes in and says, ‘Hey, let me help out’… What this tells you is those who seem to be helping the most, those who maybe seem to be the most kind, the most giving, the most willing, the most helpful and available, are the very ones you need to audit the most.” He adds, “Pay attention if there’s somebody who knows too much about what your children are into.”

(Edited to include Military Recruiters)

See: The Five Stages of Grooming By a Pedophile – http://www.drphil.com/articles/article/704

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Should We End Military Recruiting in High Schools as a Matter of Child Protection and Public Health?

“Recruiters for the various US armed forces have free access to our nation’s high schools, as mandated by the No Child Left Behind Act. Military recruiter behaviors are disturbingly similar to predatory grooming.

“Adults in the active military service are reported to experience increased mental health risks, including stress, substance abuse, and suicide, and the youngest soldiers consistently show the worst health effects, suggesting military service is associated with disproportionately poor health for this population.

“We describe the actions of a high school parent teacher student association in Seattle, Washington, which sought to limit the aggressive recruitment of children younger than 18 years into the military.

Source: Should We End Military Recruiting in High Schools as a Matter of Child Protection and Public Health? – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3000735/

Police Investigate Possibility Army Recruiter Preyed on Teen Girls (VIDEO)

Germantown, Maryland

April 11, 2013

“Police are looking into the possibility that a U.S. Army recruiter believed to have killed a 17-year-old Reserves recruit may have had inappropriate relationships with other teen girls — but one girl who knew him said he was a mentor and friend.”

Source: Police Investigate Possibility Army Recruiter Preyed on Teen Girls – http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/17-Year-Old-Girl-31-Year-Old-Man-Found-Dead-in-Montgomery-County-201981601.html

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Our Two Choices:

1. We can continue to allow our kids to be victimized by Satan’s minions and allow them to grow up serving Satan, evil, and death.

SATAN, EVIL, & DEATH:

VIDEO – Full Metal Jacket Clip – http://youtu.be/aUc62jD-G0o

2. We can help our kids to recognize and shun Satan and his minions, evil, and death. And we can help them learn how to serve God, good, and life:

GOD, GOOD & LIFE:

VIDEO – Joshua Casteel: “To Love One’s Enemies” – http://youtu.be/rM98TuV-RB0

This choice belongs to parents and to our society. Our kids don’t know any better and they trust their parents and their society not mislead and misuse them.

Will we choose to have our kids exploited, misled, and misused?

Or…

Will we choose to have our kids informed, educated, and warned about those who are trying to exploit, mislead, and misuse them?

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Public Education: Learning? or Schooling? Education? or Obedience Training?

AUDIO – Red Ice Radio – John Taylor Gatto – The School System – http://youtu.be/9hf2uhrszlo

Free E-Book – “The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America” – http://www.deliberatedumbingdown.com

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Chambersburg school board OKs the Exploitation and Grooming of Kids for Military – A Victory for Evil, Satan, and Death

Chambersburg school board OKs cadet program

Chambersburg Area school board acted on several items Wednesday.

A long discussion among the board and other school officials preceded a 7-1 vote to approve the Navy National Defense Cadet Corps Program at Chambersburg Area Senior High School. Joan Smith voted against it and Anne Boryan was absent.

According to the NNDCC website, the program is “designed to expand students’ opportunities to gain the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.”

The district would need to shell out about $150,000 to start the program, said CASHS Principal Buddy Chapel, who is behind bringing the program to Chambersburg. About $17,000 has been donated so far to make it happen.

According to Chapel, CASHS is the fifth school in the country that is in line to get this program. The U.S. Navy contributes to the cost but due to sequestration, it is not clear exactly how much.

“The Navy is expecting us through this agreement for us to start this in the second semester. If we don’t start this it is likely we won’t be able to,” Chapel said.

“To give these students a start on the career like this is a tremendous opportunity,” board member Kim Amsley-Camp said.

NNDCC would require a rubber-pellet shooting range to be installed at the school.

Chapel said it would use a “CO2″ (carbon dioxide) type of weapon, and would be in an enclosed area.

Smith sought to table the program until more information on the financial impact on the district was available, but the vote to do that failed. She said she was all for it until she learned the district would need to take money out of the budget to make it happen.

Board member Philip Miracle said he was hesitant to take $150,000 more out of the budget when the district is already down $450,000.

Business Manager Steven Dart said the district can afford it now but the problem is sustaining it over time.

Public Opinion will have more on this and other items from the meeting this weekend.

Source: Chambersburg school board OKs cadet program – http://www.publicopiniononline.com/news/ci_23976568

NJROTC = Learning How Obey Orders and How to Shoot People?

(NJROTC) Curriculum – http://www.slideshare.net/guest958072/the-naval-science-curriculum

(NJROTC) Cadet Field Manual – http://www.njrotc.navy.mil/manuals/NJROTC%20Cadet%20Field%20Manual%202010%20Edition.pdf

VIDEO – FHS NJROTC Air Rifle Team – http://youtu.be/MAE915KEFcQ

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Militarism USA

VIDEO – Why We Fight (A Film By Eugene Jarecki) – http://youtu.be/MAE915KEFcQ

VIDEO – Conversations with History: Chalmers Johnson – http://youtu.be/sQi4-97GXrI

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Militaristic US Economy Great for Military Recruiters – A Victory for Evil, Satan, and Death

Economy helps military recruiters reach goals

Military recruiters are having a banner year at a time when the economy is worsening, and people are seeking secure employment.

The economy might not be the biggest reasons for people joining the military these days, but it is a likely reason for some of the recruits, according to local recruiters.

Local recruiters for the Army, Navy and Air Force reported recently that they are meeting their goals for this fiscal year, which began in October. In some cases, they have surpassed their goals as they see more young people, including more females, sign up straight out of high school.

For some recruits, the military is a good option after being laid off, according to Air Force Recruiter Tech. Sgt. Philip Barnhart. For many, however, the benefit of college is their biggest concern, he said.

There also are those who simply want to serve their country, according to some recruiters.

Press reports across the nation are showing that the largest branches of the military — the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy, are exceeding their recruiting goals this year. At the same time, about 99 percent of the new recruits have a high school diploma, and scores on the military entrance exam are at an all-time high, reported The Dallas

Morning News.

“Military recruiting has never been better,” the paper reported.

In some ways, people throughout the United States, including Franklin County, see the military as a silver lining in the storm clouds of a bad U.S. economy.

Army recruiting

Recruiters in the U.S. Army Recruiting in Chambersburg have been so successful they are allowed to take two weeks off, according to Sgt. 1st Class Raymond Truax, assistant station commander.

“We’re off until Monday, the 27th, because we’re doing so well,” Truax said.

His station put 38 people into the regular Army, and 17 into the Army Reserve, he said.

The number of people signing up is about the same as last year, he said.

He believes the economy and other issues have played a role in the military’s recruitment efforts.

“The main reason they are joining is because they want to serve their country,” he said.

“A lot of them have good jobs.”

The age range for the new recruits is 18 to 25. Twenty-five percent of them are female.

Last year, recruits had questions about going to war. Five to 10 percent of them also had lost jobs due to layoffs, Truax said. This year, the issue of war has not been raised, and many recruits seem more concerned about education benefits, Truax said.

The one benefit that seems to attract young people is the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Traux said:

“It entitles the military to transfer the soldiers’ education benefits to their spouses and children.”

Navy recruiting

Navy recruiting also is going well, according to Cmdr. Sam Pennington of the Navy Recruiting District in Pittsburgh. His recruiting stations have met their goal, he said.

“They achieved more than their fair share,” he said, adding the success was achieved because of the leadership of the petty officer in charge of the recruiting station.

On the national level, the Navy had a goal of 29,506 for active duty, according to Cmdr. Thomas Sliski, executive officer for the Navy Recruiting District in Pittsburgh. They surpassed the goal with a total of 29,774.

For the Navy Reserve, the national goal for this year was 2,095. They topped the goal with a total of 2,171.

In Franklin County, the Navy met its goal of recruiting 14 people. Of that number, eight were female, according to Sliski. The Chambersburg station is still looking for one person to join the Navy Reserve.

“The problem is, we are so specific, if they don’t find the exact … right kind of person, we won’t put them in,” Sliski said. “They have to find the right person at the right time.”

The recruiting success is similar to last year, he said. Those signing up for the regular Navy are between the ages of 18 and 30.

“The economy is having an impact,” Pennington suggested. “We definitely got more people who are more interested. With more people, we can select the very best.”

A large percentage of the Navy recruits are straight out of high school. Pennington believes they are reading the newspapers and can see the military as a great way to ensure future success.

“It’s also a great place to get training and excellent benefits,” he said.

Of those joining the Navy, most have said their main reason is for the training opportunity, “and that’s always number one,” Pennington said. Next, they want to travel and see the world. Travel is followed by benefits, he said.

Air Force recruiting

As for the Air Force, people are joining for all sorts of reasons, according to Tech. Sgt. Philip Barnhart, recruiter for the Chambersburg station.

“For some of them, it may have something to do with the economy, and they’re looking at the benefits that the Air Force provides,” he said. “They’re also looking at the technical training and certifications.”

For the current fiscal year, the Air Force recruited a total of 32 people locally, Barnhart said. Some of the recruits are still in high school under the delayed entry program.

Those who have joined are between the ages of 18 and 24. Five were female.

“Some people are just looking for something different,” Barnhart said. “Some are looking for challenges, new experiences, and something out of the ordinary in the Air Force.”

Barnhart believes there are some people who chose the Air Force because they needed employment. He has not personally dealt with such cases, he said: “But I’m sure some have been put in that position by being laid off. Some want better job security that would help them out for their future.”

As with other branches of the military, none of this year’s recruits have voiced concern about war in Iraq or Afghanistan, Barnhart said.

Schools, social networking

Recruiters use a number of methods, including popular technology, to reach their targeted audience. Although some of them use Facebook MySpace, and Twitter, practically all of them use face-to-face visits at high schools and colleges.

“We spend time in high schools and colleges,” Traux said. “High schools are very open. They’re good, friendly schools.”

Recruiter Barnhart spent his lunch hour Wednesday in the cafeteria of Greencastle-Antrim High School, where he set up a table with literature about the Air Force.

The school cafeteria is commonly used because it allows students to come up and inquire about the military, Barnhart said.

“My job is to allow them to ask questions. Normally they can’t come to the recruiter’s office,” Barnhart said. “At the school I have face-to-face time to explain the benefits and college education, as well as what basic training is like, and how to qualify.”

According to Barnhart, the schools generally allow one military service branch at a time to use the cafeteria. When on college campuses, Barnhart said he gets to tell students about the Air Force’s Officer Training School through which the recruits can become commissioned officers.

Navy recruiters, like the Army recruiters, also use Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace, according to Pennington.

Public Opinion placed calls to recruiters for other branches of the military. Those calls were not returned by presstime.

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Roscoe Barnes III can be reached at 262-4762 or rbarnes@publicopinionnews.com.

Pinnacle: new program for recruitment

The military, especially the Army, is taking steps to push recruitment efforts to the next level, according to a press release from Bill Irwin, public affairs officer with the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion in Harrisburg.

The Harrisburg station was recently selected to launch what Irwin calls a “new, innovative recruiting process.” It’s known as Pinnacle.

Chambersburg recruiters say the high-tech program has not yet reached Franklin County, but that it is on its way.

“The U.S. Army is taking extreme measures to bring innovation to the recruiting process,” Irwin wrote in his press statement. “Since the adoption of an all volunteer force model in the 1970s, it has become evident that recruiters nationwide needed to adopt and explore methods to better accomplish its core mission of ‘providing the strength of the Army.'”

According to Irwin, communication technology is making it nearly impossible for recruiters to communicate the same way they have for the past 40 years.

New technology used through Pinnacle includes online video games; Xbox, Xbox 360 game and arcade integration; Career Navigator (interactive video system); event kiosks that include computers, monitors; Pocket projectors (allows recruiters to be out in the community); mobile recruiter workstations; and LiveScan computer programs (for background checks).

Source: Economy helps military recruiters reach goals – http://www.publicopiniononline.com/localnews/ci_16098344

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Chambersburg Senior Area High School Honors Death, Destruction, and War in Hopes of Exploiting, Grooming, and Recruiting Kids to Kill - A Victory for Evil, Satan, and Death

Chambersburg Trojans football game Oct. 26 to honor military veterans

By BRIAN HALL

Staff writer

Chambersburg Area Senior High School will honor the contributions of area veterans at a football game later this month.

CASHS will host Veterans’ Recognition Night in Trojan Stadium Oct. 26, the night the

Trojans football team hosts Central Dauphin East.

Activities will start at 5 p.m.

“Our new principal (Buddy Chapel), being former military, had some interest doing something with the vets,” said Assistant Principal Brian Hostetler. “We have a substitute teacher who wanted to get involved. We brainstormed ideas and talked to a Marine recruiter and Army recruiter to see what we could do to recognize veterans.”

Hostetler said the school will also recognize the late Lance Cpl. Michael Freeman Jr., presenting a plaque to Freeman’s family in his honor. Freeman, a CASHS graduate, died during Operation Enduring Freedom on Feb. 1, 2010.

The school will host a free VIP dinner for veterans, with the meal donated by the Chambersburg Moose Family Center. The dinner starts at 5:15 p.m.

Military vehicles provided by Letterkenny Army Depot will be on display in the parking lot outside of the stadium between 5 and 8 p.m.

A presentation of a joint color guard will kick off the game.

The school will also recognize veterans from each branch of the military at halftime. The

Trojan marching band will perform during halftime.

It will be red, white and blue night in the stadium.

“I think we’ve come up with a nice evening to recognize veterans at our football game and take a few moments out of our busy lives to recognize what they’ve done for our country,” said Hostetler.

Veterans will receive free admission, while preferential seating will be offered for veterans and their families.

The offer is open to veterans living throughout Franklin County and reservations for the

VIP dinner are strongly encouraged to estimate participation.

Reservations can be made a the Chambersburg Area Senior High School at 261-3322 or by calling any of the following Chambersburg organizations: Marine Corps League at 264-3845, AMVETS Post 224 at 267-0618, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1599 at 264-9845, American Legion Post 46 at 267-3585 or Veterans of the Vietnam War Post 41 at 261-1626.

Reservations are requested by Monday

Source: Chambersburg Trojans football game Oct. 26 to honor military veterans – http://www.publicopiniononline.com/news/ci_21787483/chambersburg-trojans-football-game-oct-26-honor-military

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Bonus!

“After your kids have been exploited, groomed, recruited, gone to war, killed innocent peoples, lost their souls – and their legs – they can join the VFW, become alcoholics, and try in vain to drown their sorrows for the rest of their lives!” ~ Satan :) LOL

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Chambersburg Area School Board Defunds Driver’s Education – A Victory for Evil, Satan, and Death

Chambersburg board eliminates $1.5 million in programs, positions

March 23, 2011|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Chambersburg Area School District rolled out its first round of cuts in response to next year’s $3.5 million budget deficit and an unresolved teacher contract situation.

The Chambersburg Area School Board unanimously approved the abolishment of three professional programs and nine support staff positions at its regular meeting Wednesday night at the Chambersburg Area Middle School.

Programs eliminated include the dental hygienist, exploratory language and driver’s education. Support staff positions cut include a computer technician, Chambersburg Area Senior High School technology helpdesk, general office secretary/health room aide at Chambersburg Area Middle School, and six secretarial jobs to the following: assistant superintendent for programs and support services, dental hygienist, library supervisor, reading supervisor and two from the middle school guidance office.

The cuts, effective at the end of this year, will save the district $1.5 million in the 2011-12 school year, according to Superintendent Joe Padasak.

Board members Lori Leedy and Renee Sharpe both expressed their remorse for the cuts during a difficult economic time for the district.

“I would personally like to say that this is not an easy thing to do,” Leedy said. “This board has struggled and times are tough. These kinds of decisions are very, very tough, so if anyone thinks they can make these decisions easily and simply — it’s hard.”

Sharpe wished to thank the district’s dental hygienist, who has provided free care to more than 2,000 students.

“It’s helped a lot of our children and it will be missed,” she said. “As Lori said, these are difficult decisions and we have a lot of needy children, and sometimes these things are difficult to swallow.”

Sylvia Rockwood, a human resources official for the district, made the recommendation before the board and later said that additional action will be required at the board’s next meeting to approve a resolution for the Pennsylvania Department of Education about the changes in programs.

Rockwood said there was an additional position that is being abolished, but it’s a position at the middle school level that will move to the high school to accommodate for ninth grade being held in the high school next year. The position was posted for hire last Friday, Rockwood said.

The board and its union, the Chambersburg Area Education Association, are scheduled to meet for another bargaining session today, starting at 5 p.m. Once again, a large number of teachers was present at Wednesday’s meeting.

Source: Chambersburg board eliminates $1.5 million in programs, positions – http://articles.herald-mail.com/2011-03-23/news/29180517_1_chambersburg-board-board-members-lori-leedy-chambersburg-area-education-association

Chambersburg Area School District Officials Hopes the $25,000 the District is Spending will Help Combat its Negative image – A Victory for Theft, Evil, and Satan

Officials hope to improve Chambersburg Area School District’s image

By BRIAN HALL

@bkhallpo

Chambersburg Area School District Administration Building off Stanley Avenue in Chambersburg (Public Opinion/File)

CHAMBERSBURG – The Chambersburg Area School District has been at the center of water cooler talk for most of the month of March.

The conversations haven’t necessarily been complimentary.

The district is attempting to gather information from district insiders and rehabilitate its image in the community through a series of surveys and action by a Virginia-based research firm, K12 Insight.

“K12 is about getting the silent majority and provide accurate data to make decisions within the short and long term,” said Superintendent Joe Padasak.

District officials could be facing an uphill battle.

The arrest of CASHS teacher Jeffrey Schmutzler Thursday by U.S. marshals for allegedly distributing materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors was the most recent newsmaker in a busy 23 days for the district:

The school board blocked the formation of a Gay-Straight Alliance club at CASHS by 5-4 vote on Feb. 27. That prompted the threat of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania earlier this month, a threat that is still in place through this week’s board meeting.

The board also approved a personnel move that strips the assistant superintendent title from Cathy Dusman.

A former after-school program director also filed suit against the district to uncover how money was spent on the program after a lengthy Right-to-Know battle over accessing information about the grant.

Going back over a year, the district also forced popular Principal Barry Purvis out of CASHS, ousted boys basketball coach Shawn Shreffler and instituted a new dress code policy.

Padasak hopes that the $25,000 the district will spend on the effort will help combat the negative response created from incidents such as those listed above.

A representative from K12 Insight visited the district last year and the board approved the surveys in October. The work started with February’s student survey. It’ll continue in April with a community survey.

“No decision is going to have 100 percent community support,” said Padasak.

“However, it is the hope that through this method, we will have a better view of the overall community. We are always going to have a vocal group who believe the district has made the wrong decision.”

The community will soon have an opportunity to give more feedback to the district.

There will be seven surveys before the end of the school year aimed at students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. The district will also start tracking exit surveys by departing employees who are not retiring.

The first survey for students from sixth grade to 12th grade reached about 82 percent of the student population. Results will be available in about two weeks, according to

Tammy Stouffer, director of support services.

“We didn’t survey the elementary schools because (K12 Insight) found school disconnection usually happens at the secondary level – middle school and high school,” said Stouffer. “We have a number of actions to get students engaged. We’re hoping the survey helps us set some direction and make decisions in areas of focus that we need to be looking at.”

Other surveys over the next few months will assess professional development needs for staff, community perceptions of the school climate, how well alumni are prepared for college and/or the work force, and facility needs based on projected enrollment.

The district hasn’t announced a date to unveil the survey on the district’s website – http://www.casdonline.org. The survey will accompany a new Your Voice section on the district’s home page.

Community members hoping to lend their “voice” to personnel issues won’t have the platform to speak to the board in public.

“Personnel issues are not public, debatable issues,” said Padasak.

The public comment section at the March 13 meeting was filled with comments in support of Dusman – similar to the response on behalf of Shreffler nearly a year ago.

One of the purposes of the surveys is to allow the “silent majority” the opportunity to participate in the decision-making process.

“If you link what we’re doing with K12 surveys and Your Voice, it’s about reaching out to a broad base of people,” said Stouffer. “(K12 Insight) talks about the silent majority – people who don’t come to meetings or aren’t vocal unless you reach out to them. It gives a mechanism for more stakeholders who have an important issue to share, but may not be comfortable in front of the board.”

The district will not be conducting open forums. It has in the past on such important issues as elementary building closings, CASHS expansion, the opening of the Career

Magnet School and school uniforms.

High participation in the uniform forum affected change. An initial policy that banned jeans and required all shirts to have collars was later watered down to allow jeans and plain-color T-shirts.

The district does not have an “open” Facebook page or a current Twitter account. Both social media formats can open lines of communication within a community.

The discourse may not matter to families moving into the area.

Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce President David Sciamanna concedes that fewer families contact the chamber personally these days because information is readily available online.

When families do contact the chamber, the questions stay basic and unique to the circumstance.

“With a family moving into the area, (the school district) is the No. 1 issue,” said Sciamanna. “Everyone is different. Some people are looking at academics. Some people are looking at size. Others are looking at athletics and other opportunities.

There’s a myriad of things people evaluate.”

At one time, Sciamanna said the chamber would send packets of information to about 20 families over several months. It’s reduced to a handful over the same time period now.

What does the former school board member tell families inquiring about Chambersburg?

“I can share a lot of information,” said Sciamanna. “It offers the most diverse student body. In athletics and academics, there’s more opportunities in terms of overall offerings. You provide the most positive information you can about a district.

“What’s most important to families is not a one-size fits all. It’s as diverse as the community we live in.”

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Brian Hall can be reached at 262-4811 and bkhall@publicopinionnews.com, or follow him on Twitter @bkhallpo.

Community speaks out with letters

Readers have sent letters over the last month about several topics related to Chambersburg Area School District. Here are a few excerpts from letters the Public Opinion has received:

“The most recent news of a teacher arrested for child pornography is just the latest example. Those who know how Superintendent Joe Padasak hires people at CASD know that the administration has eliminated sound hiring practices. Instead, Mr. Padasak selects candidates for jobs based on his desires, or those of his inner circle. Is an arrest like this a predictable consequence of hiring and promoting without scrutiny?” – James Dale, Chambersburg

“I was amused by the news story in which (school board President Stanley) Helman compared (Superintendent Joe) Padasak to a chief executive of a private-sector company. If a CEO of most any company was involved in as much controversy, negative publicity and lawsuit situations as CASD, he would not be CEO for long. But this is not a company’s money being wasted, it is ours. Who suffers from CASD politics? The children we are trying to educate and our wallets.” – Tom Portmann, Chambersburg

“Once again, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania is sticking its nose where it does not belong. How dare it tell us what we want to put in our high school? I want to tell the Chambersburg school board ‘great job’ rejecting a Gay-Straight Alliance club. It should stick to what it believes.” – Andrew L. Skupnick, Chambersburg

“(Assistant Superintendent) Cathy (Dusman) continues to strive to work with staff and parents in assuring the students in the CASD the best education possible. If our school district is to foster excellence above mediocrity, we need employees such as Cathy Dusman in the position where she can have the maximum effect on teachers and students. I respectfully ask the CASD school board to again consider her reassignment and return her to assistant superintendent with the duties that she had under that title and to renew her contract when it expires in August. We need Cathy Dusman in this school district!” – Robert A. Wareham Sr., Chambersburg

“Let me see: A winning, dedicated basketball coach is fired because a family cries – disregard what may be best for the team and the program. Federal law is ignored when denying establishment of a club – disregard what may be best for the students. A respected administrator is demoted. Now there are no women on the administrative team; now the team is a yes sir, good ol’ boys group. Now the duties of the demoted individual are given to an administrator whose elementary schools are not scoring well.” – Kaye Shearer Chambersburg

“Until the day when we are all accepted as beloved who are created in the image of God, I firmly believe that organizations such as the GSA need to exist to create safe space for those whom Jesus sheltered – the marginalized and oppressed.” – The Rev. Melissa St. Clair, Fort Collins, Colo.

“I hope the school board displays courage in the face of this immorality permeating our country! And I hope the children that are being lied to regarding this behavior would seek and find a way out of it.” – Joe George Chambersburg

Facebook readers

Our Facebook readers weighed in on what may ail Chambersburg Area School District and what the district can do to improve its relationships within the community.

Irene Dunlap-Jamison: “Stop doing what they want and start doing what’s best for the kids!”

Dane Higbee: “The school district could improve by not making largely unpopular decisions, like adapting a strict dress code in a public school.”

Jessica Melhorn: “Unfortunately the district may have already burnt too many bridges that are beyond repair. With the school board running amuck and making rash decisions without listening to the voters and community members how can we feel that voicing our opinion NOW will make a difference?”

Jennifer Lucas Pond: “If the Board is willing to replace Padasak with a superintendent who is actually pro-teacher, the community will respond favorably. I dare say that Cathy Dusman’s wrongful termination coupled with Schmutzler’s arrest and the issue of the Gay-Straight Alliance at CASHS has created a public relations nightmare for district officials. The Chambersburg voters need to elect pro-teacher members to the School Board. Enough is enough.”

Elizabeth Lancaster: “A stakeholder is someone who affects or can be affected by an organization’s actions. As a parent of an elementary school student, I would like to say CASD has been serving my daughter well. I believe she is receiving a quality education from people who genuinely care about her future. I think there needs to be more focus in the news on the positive attributes of CASD. That would certainly help boost the public opinion of CASD.”

Michelle Taylor: “A good start would be by being trustworthy. The community, regardless of political background or level of education, does not trust this school district.”

Breaking it down

Chambersburg Area School District has contracted with K12 Insight, a Virginia-based research and communications firm, to compile a series of surveys with district students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members.

Cost of the partnership is $25,000.

- CASD: $10,000

- CASD Foundation: $10,000

  • Title I funding: $5,000

Source: Officials hope to improve Chambersburg Area School District’s image

- http://www.publicopiniononline.com/latestnews/ci_22867614/officials-hope-improve-chambersburg-area-school-districts-image

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