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School board candidate Nally aims to improve magnet programs

August 17, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE
  • Gary E. Nally
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Washington County Board of Education candidate Gary Nally wants to explore improving middle school magnet programs.

Nally is one of 11 school board candidates for three seats that will be open in the November general election. The Sept. 14 primary will narrow the list of candidates to six.

School board members elected in November will serve four-year terms and earn $6,100 a year. If one of the newly elected members becomes board president, the annual salary will be $6,200.

After several attempts to schedule an interview with Nally in person or via phone, Nally instead provided an e-mail listing some biographical information and his interest in improving middle school magnet programs.

Nally said both his children participated in elementary school magnet programs. The school system offers rigorous academic courses through programs such as advanced placement and honors classes, he said.

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"However, opportunities still exist for improvement to bridge the gap between the Elementary and High School programs; especially integration and implementation of technology," he said.

Nally said he thinks his profession and his participation on various school system committees has prepared him to be a school board member.

Nally is chairman of the school system's County Citizen's Advisory Committee and is a member of the Superintendent's Advisory Council, the Budget Advocacy and Review Advisory Committee, and the Athletic Advisory Committee, he said.

He said he has served on numerous other school system committees, including the Ed Specs Committee for a Williamsport Elementary School renovation, the Special Education Advisory Council, the School Safety Task Force, the Calendar Committee, the Public Relations Advisory Council, and the Screening Panel for Elected Board of Education vacancy filled by the governor.

In 2005, he was appointed by the Washington County Commissioners to serve on the Washington County Advisory Design Review Committee.

Nally is a Supplier Development Initiative Program lead/senior project engineer for Manitowoc Cranes in Shady Grove, Pa. He said his career has involved data collection and interpretation.

Gary E. Nally



Age: 52

Address: 10607 Hershey Drive, east of Williamsport

Education: Williamsport High, Class of 1975; Took engineering and computer science college classes; Took numerous professional development courses from Penn State University and University of Wisconsin.

Occupation: Supplier Development Initiative Program lead/senior project engineer for Manitowoc Cranes in Shady Grove, Pa.

Party affiliation: Democrat, but the race is nonpartisan.

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