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Chester, Delaware County, PA May 19, 2009 Election
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Background, Experience & Platform

By Gary J. Bevilacqua

Candidate for School Director; West Chester Area School District

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Occupation:

2000-Present Vanguard Group

  • Project Manager

1984-2000 General Electric, Martin Marietta, Lockheed Martin
  • Project Engineer, Program Manager & GPS Spacecraft Manager

Education:

Villanova University +

BS in Mechanical Engineering 1984
Minor in Business Administration & Mathematics

George Washington University +

Master's Certificate in Project Management 2001

PMI Institute - PMI Certification

(Project Management) 2001

Certificates:

Neighborhood University of Greater West Chester 2003

Westtown/East Goshen Regional Police Dept - Citizen's Police Academy 2004

USSF (US Soccer Federation) - Grade 8 Referee 1999-Present

USSF (US Soccer Federation) +

National D coach's license 2000

US Lacrosse - Level 1 Coaches Certificate 2006

Volunteer Positions:

West Glen Homeowners' Association - Board Member 1992-1994 &

President 1994-Present

WCUSC (West Chester United Soccer Club) - Board Member 2000-Present

Sports Booster - Board Member for

Rustin Boys athletics 2006-2009,
Henderson Girls & Boys athletics 2003-2007

WCASA (WC Area Sports Assoc) +

member 2000-Present

WCASA Co- Director - vendor selection &

project management of the construction of the
2 - WCASA turf fields 2008

West Chester Adult Probation - Volunteer coordinator for Community Service Projects 2004-Present

Eagle Scout Sponsor - Volunteer Sponsor for Eagle Scout Projects 2003-Present

WCASD Parent Volunteer - parent rep for misc school district initiatives

WCUSC (West Chester United Soccer Club) - Soccer Coach & Administrator 1998-Present

WCL (West Chester Lacrosse League) - Lacrosse Coach & Administrator 2001-2005

Malvern Basketball League - St Max Coach 2003-2005

Career college counselor

Dragonfly Forest Camp + Volunteer for children with serious illness & disorders

Awards:

EPYSA Volunteer of Year Award (Eastern PA Soccer)

GE & Lockheed Martin - General Manager's Award

Air Force Recognition Awards

NASA Recognition Awards

Lockheed Martin Special Recognition Award

Peer Recognition Awards

Memberships:

St. Maximilian Kolbe Church

PMI (Project Management Institute)

US Lacrosse

NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America)

USA Archery

SAE International (Society of Aerospace Engineers)

Commitment:

I am a 23-year resident of West Chester Area School District, and have two children who attended their entire school years (K-12) here in the district. This has given me a unique perspective on the workings of our school district and its many strengths, as well as in the areas that I can help improve. My parents are also long term residents, keeping me in tune with the needs of the retired taxpayers of our district. I assure you that I will commit to the taxpayers; administration, teachers and the students to ensure all voices are heard and understood. I will be fiscally responsible to make ensure the budget is balanced, and tax increases are minimized. I will also ensure the school district's excellent academic and technological reputation continues to grow to be the best in our area.

Involvement:

My many years of involvement with the academic, athletic and administrative departments & initiatives give me a distinct advantage over other candidates. I have worked closely with officials from two high schools + Henderson and Rustin + and have close working relationships with administrative officials that oversee the entire district. This exposure in the community gives me great visibility, and people will feel that they have a board member who is accessible and concerned with their needs.

Knowledge:

In addition to my involvement in many programs and contributing to the election of key Athletic and Academic Department officials in the WCASD. I have an extensive track record of accomplishments, and my records in the community are proven. I will use my many years of experience in the engineering, project management, finance, information technology, and construction management fields to move WCASD forward, making it the school district that parents and students alike are proud to call their own. WCASD will not just be a place children learn, grow and develop, it will be a destination where families build their lives.

Relationships:

I have built 23 years of productive and meaningful relationships with the people and schools of WCASD, from the students and athletes, to the parents, teachers, and administrators of every level. I am entirely in tune and in touch with the people that I am here to serve.

Family:

I have been married to Cindy Gilbert-Bevilacqua for 23 years. Cindy is a former schoolteacher and high school coach and current national and international archery coach. My daughter Kristin graduated from Henderson in 2007 and is currently finishing her sophomore year at Bloomsburg University. My son Kurt is graduating from Rustin in 2009 and will attend Penn State or JMU in the fall.

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