Ce Ce Gerlach for Allentown City Council, Ce Ce Gerlach, Allentown, City Council

DROPOUT RATE

 

Ce-Ce promised to decrease the dropout rate.

Promise Kept

  • Dropout Rate Decreased from 7.23% in 2011 to 4.59% in 2017
  • Opened a Re-engagement Center for students who dropped out of school
  • Re-engaged hundreds of youth back into high school or GED programs

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

Ce-Ce promised to spend taxpayer money wisely.

Promise Kept

  • Voted against the devastating teacher cuts
  • Voted for the lower tax increase each year
  • Worked with the Board and Superintendent to close a $28 million dollar deficit
  • Supported systemic overhaul of business office
  • Continually question expenditures

STUDENTS

Ce-Ce promised to put politics aside and serve the students.

Promise Kept

  • Introduced Arts at the Core Resolution to save art, music, library and physical education in our schools
  • Supported School Uniforms
  • Saved and Restored critical school staff positions
  • Passed Equity Policy to ensure that all students receive the resources needed to succeed
  • Voted for District Wide Full Day Kindergarten
  • Supported Curriculum Audit to ensure educational fidelity 

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Ce-Ce promised to help bridge the gap between the Community and the District. 

 

 

Promise Kept

  • Increased presence at community events throughout Allentown
  • Hosted numerous Community Conversations
  • Supported the formation of the Family and Community Engagement Network
  • Serve as a resource to students, staff, parents and community members

STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK

Ce-Ce said that she would lead the District to develop a road map toward success. 

Promise Kept

  • Served on the Strategic Planning Committee
  • Listened to the concerns and ideas of families, students, staff and community members
  • Identified a new Vision, Mission, Core values and Strategic Initiatives
  • Oversaw a central administration staffing reorganization to maximize skill sets 

JOBS

Ce-Ce pledged to make sure that the arena and new restaurants downtown would employ Allentown residents 

 

 

 

Promise Kept

  • Pushed for an Allentown only Job fair, resulting in over 1,000 applicants and over 60% Allentown residents as new-hires
  • Started Jobs For Allentown, which helped residents prepare for interviews, create resumes and obtain professional clothing
  • Successfully fought for Allentown Residents to have the first opportunity to apply for arena and other NIZ jobs
  • Worked with CareerLink to target outreach in neighborhoods surrounding the arena
  • Successfully fought for a job center downtown

COMMUNITY

Ce-Ce promised to fight for inclusive development policies by standing up to developers, politicians and the powerful 

 

 

Promise Kept

  • Advocated for a Community Benefits Agreement
  • Led residents to fight for Inclusionary Workforce Housing
  • Wrote and introduced a Workforce Housing ordinance to City Council and the Mayor for consideration
  • Successfully fought to expand access to residential parking permits 

COMMITTEES

  • Education and Policy Committee Chairperson
  • Allentown Recreation Commission
  • Allentown Library Board
  • Allentown Coalition for Economic Dignity
  • Lehigh Career and Technical Institute Joint Operating Committee-District Representative (2017-2018)
  • Allentown Human Relations Commission (2011-2017)
  • Baum School of Art Board of Trustees (2015-2017)
  • Muhlenberg College Board of Associates (2011-2016)
  • ANIZDA Jobs Taskforce (2013)
  • Jobs for Allentown (2013-2015)

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