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Mark Buterbaugh, Andrew Alosi plan to run for Shippensburg Area School Board

24 January 2013 No Comment

SHIPPENSBURG — Mark A. Buterbaugh and Andrew Alosi announced their intentions Thursday to run for seats on Shippensburg Area School Board.

Buterbaugh was last elected to the school board in 2000 and served a four-year term. This will be Alosi’s first run for a school board seat.

Buterbaugh will seek a four-year term representing District C, which includes the Borough of Shippensburg. Alosi will seek a four-year term in District A, which includes Hopewell Township, Newburg Borough, Southampton Township CC, and Shippensburg Township.

“I served on the Board from 2000 to 2004, but did not seek reelection because I was attending law school at the time. I am eager to get back involved with local education and help ensure that our children have the best education has to offer. We can be fiscally sound while being progressively effective”, said Buterbaugh. “Public service is just something I believe in. We can complain all we want, but to make change, you have to become active. I know people say serving on a School Board is a thankless duty, but I really believe it is a grateful opportunity to serve my community.”

Buterbaugh is familiar with public service. Prior to serving on the school board, he served as president of Shippensburg Borough Council from 1996-2000. In addition, he has served on the Board of Downtown Organizations Investing Together (DOIT) and on the Shippensburg Parks and Recreation Commission. Currently, Buterbaugh serves on the Board of Directors of Shippensburg Produce and Outreach, a ministry based organization that provides fresh produce , eggs, and services to the Shippensburg area needy and the Board of Directors of the Shippensburg Chamber of Commerce.

Buterbaugh is an attorney with the law firm Mooney & Associates. Mooney & Associates has nine local offices, including a Shippensburg office located at 34 West King Street. The firm represents clients in personal injury, family, criminal, estates and wills, and business law. Buterbaugh represents clients in workers’ compensation and social security disability matters.

Alosi was born and raised in Shippensburg and graduated from Shippensburg University with a degree in Public Administration. Alosi has worked at Vision Quest as a program director and served on the supervisory team for Abraxas Day Treatment Program for adjudicated youth. Currently, Alosi has served the past four years as a Case Manager with River Roc Academy. “Working with troubled youth can sometimes be challenging and quite frankly, thankless,however I strive to impress upon these young people the importance of becoming contributing members of society and steer them on the right course,” said Alosi.

Volunteer wise, Alosi currently serves on the Church Council at Memorial Lutheran Church and on the Capital Campaign Committee for Katie’s Place.

“As I step into the ring to run for School Board, I invoke my philosophy toward education. Our schools are where our community’s children learn and where our teachers inspire them to reach their dreams and encourage them to grab their futures. We have an obligation to provide the best quality education programming while doing so in a fiscally responsible manner. The Shippensburg area is able to provide a small town community with strong family values. This is a great place to call home and always has been for me,” he said.

Butrerbaugh and Alosi understand that there is a delicate balance that must be made between continued fiscal challenges and realities and with the demands for academic excellence.

“We can do so by thinking differently and finding new ways to achieve positive results. We are blessed in Shippensburg with having excellent teachers and staff. We need to support them while continuing to demand high academic performance. We must do so while protecting the taxpayer from unfair and undue burdens, ” said Buterbaugh.

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