Sunday, April 10, 2016

Learn All About the Borough at Free Academy

Ever wander out of borough hall scratching your head, wondering why they do the things they way that they do them?

Well your chance to find out is finally here.

Following up on the suggestion of Council Vice President Sheryl Miller, the borough has launched a “Citizens Leadership Academy.”

According to Borough Manager Mark Flanders, who announced the opening of registration at Wednesday’s borough council meeting.

The academy is described in a press release as an “interactive civic education program open to Borough residents, property owners, and business owners.”

The 10-week program, which is free, will provide a comprehensive overview of the inner workings of borough government, and is intended to help develop new civic leaders and a stronger community through a well-informed, engaged citizenry.

Those who take the academy classes will become better acquainted with the borough’s operations, policies, procedures, goals and mission.

All sessions will be facilitated by Borough staff.

Each session will feature presentations, as well as tours of Borough facilities.

Sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, May 3, in Council Chambers, located on the third floor of Borough Hall, 100 East High St.

“The borough looks forward to providing this free, open opportunity for participants to learn about their local government and inspire meaningful future contributions to Borough boards, commissions, committees, and other organizations,” Flanders said.

Miller raised the issue at the beginning of the year, noting that not only would such a course allow residents and businesses to better understand their responsibilities, but also to start building a core of informed volunteers who can staff the various volunteer advisory boards and commissions which help guide borough policy and operations.

Class size is limited to twenty participants. To register, visit

For more information, contact Kourtney High, at

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