RICHBORO >> Denise Brooks, a Council Rock School Director since 2013, has announced her candidacy for re-election to the school board. She represents Council Rock Region 3, which includes Northampton voting districts 1, 11 and 15 in Holland and Richboro. Both Republicans and Democrats can vote for her in the primary election on May 16.
“I am seeking re-election to aid Council Rock through a challenging crossroad. Like every other school district in the state, Council Rock is in a tough financial environment,” said Brooks. “Within the next year, decisions will be made regarding school closures, disposition of non-school facilities, redistricting, the piloting of a limited Full Day Kindergarten program, investing in curriculum and addressing issues of diversity and inclusion. I am confident that my business expertise and extensive knowledge of district operations and practices will play an important role in navigating these critical issues.”
Brooks was recently elected by her fellow board members as the school board’s vice president. She has served as the chairperson of the board’s Academic Standards Committee for three years and is currently the Council Rock representative on the Board of Directors of the Bucks County Intermediate Unit.
“I have more than 20 years of continuous volunteer service to Council Rock,” said Brooks. “This gives me a critical perspective in the comprehensive analysis of the fiscal and academic goals that will drive capital planning and curriculum decision making.”
Council Rock has been a focus of Brooks’ community service for more than two decades. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Council Rock Education Foundation since 2008, during which time more than $180,000 in private (non-taxpayer) funds were raised for Innovative Learning Grants, positively impacting thousands of students. She served on the executive board of PTOs at three schools for a total of 14 years, including tenures as PTO President for four years at Rolling Hills Elementary School and six years at Council Rock High School South. She has also served on many Council Rock committees including: Superintendent’s Parent Advisory (12 years), Middle Level, Growth, and Redistricting.
Brooks brings a strong professional background to her candidacy. Since 1994, she has been employed at LiveWire Research, an online market research company based in New York City. In her role as Director of Research, she manages all research services, designs studies, oversees budgets and finances, critically analyzes data, and guides strategic planning. Brooks earned her BA degree from Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.
“My business experience has served me well in addressing Council Rock’s $220+ million budget. I am committed to prioritizing our limited fiscal resources to the areas where they make the greatest impact,” Brooks said.
Brooks always approaches her service with collaboration, transparency, and communication in mind. “As a School Director, I meet regularly with community members and attend many local meetings to connect with the public on issues that are important to them. I will work tirelessly to unite all voters in promoting and preserving the best possible public education at a reasonable cost to the taxpayers.”
“It is an honor to serve my community as their School Director,” added Brooks. “I look forward to continuing to represent the best interests of the entire Council Rock community, taxpayers, and students.”
Brooks has lived in Northampton Township since 1988. She resides in Richboro with her husband. She has two children who were educated entirely in Council Rock public schools and graduated from Council Rock High School South in 2009 and 2012.