Community activist Bill Allison is running for Jim Thorpe School Board. Allison has 35 years of experience in public education, beginning as a special education teacher, then as a principal in two separate Philadelphia school districts, and finally as a college professor.

"Public education is in crisis," Allison said. "It's being squeezed by a tight economy that can't support present school spending and educational mandates and restrictions that hold back beneficial improvements to learning environments for all students."

Allison has successfully weathered school pressures in the past. He became Principal of the Year in Philadelphia when he reformed a school with an unwieldy population of 1,200 students. His next successful assignment involved a suburban school filled with rude and unruly students.

"We have to find creative ways to organize instructional programs that raise achievement without bankrupting the taxpayer," Allison said. "Teachers should be able to focus on teaching, and administrators should have greater control in leading their schools so that a quality educational opportunity for our kids can be provided at a reasonable cost."

Since retiring with his wife to Penn Forest Township five years ago, Allison started the Jim Thorpe Reads Program. He led Jim Thorpe's Rotary Club as president. He's been elected to the board of the Bear Creek Lakes Civic Association and serves on the boards of the Dimmick Library, the Mauch Chunk Historical Society, and the Mauch Chunk Museum.