Saturday, November 5, 2011

Maura Buri for School Board - Qualifications letter

Hello, my name is Maura Buri and I am writing to you as a candidate for Upper Merion School Board Director Region 3 – 2 year term. I am a lifelong resident of our township and a graduate of Upper Merion Area Schools and now have 3 children in our school system. Times have changed and the demands are greater at a much younger age. We need representatives who will give our township’s children an opportunity to learn and excel at everything they do as well as someone who understands that we live in difficult economic times. As someone who owns my own business and is a single mother of 3, I feel the impact that taxes have on our families and guarantee to look into options and be prudent before spending your taxpayer dollars. I look forward to listening to your input and ideas because school board directors are a voice for the entire community. I would like to see all kids involved in either clubs, activities or sports and being an active member of the community. We also need to have a zero tolerance, strictly enforced bullying policy.
My background and life experience fully qualifies me for service on the school board including:
• PTC President and Corresponding Secretary for four years;
• Big sister in the Big Brother/Big Sisters program for four years;
• Volunteering for Senior Citizens through Mid County Senior Services for five years;
• Created and designed a children’s arts and crafts program at my church;
• Taught religious prep education for five years;
• Girl Scout leader for five years and Service Unit Manager for three;
• Volunteered and ran every event at my children’s preschool; and
• Initiated the Upper Merion Fit Fest which is currently going into its fifth year.

People have asked me why do I want to serve on the Upper Merion Area School Board? There’s no pay. It takes a lot of time. It can be very frustrating. The answer is simple: I believe in giving children the best opportunities now for a successful future and am willing to give of myself and time to see that happen in our community.
Feel free to ask me with any questions you might have and my contact information is listed below. Please vote for not only myself but for Team Focus; a team of parents focusing on the success of the children. Please get out the vote on Tuesday, November 8th. I hope to have your support.

Maura Buri
610-476-9787 cell

Sunday, July 10, 2011


Actually took a little time today to be alone and work in the flower garden. I had forgotten how much I like working around the yard and just making it look welcoming. It also gave me time to think. I don’t do much of that anymore either. I keep myself pretty busy, maybe too busy sometimes. I love all the things I do and get involved in but once in a while need to take some down time. It’s just not so appealing when you are alone. Walking in the park just gives me more time to think, watching movies is up there with going out to eat by yourself, it just gets boring. It is one of those necessary evils though, a time to get a reality check and see if you are happy with where you are, what you do and where you are going. I realized yes, I am happy with where I am and I can only hope that the things I do can and will make a difference in someone’s life; helping them in some way. It’s the where you are going that makes me unsure. Even I can only plan so much and have to take a step back and let life just happen at some point... hopefully along that road I’ll run into the person that will walk it with me…

Wednesday, February 23, 2011



Love is such a funny thing… wonderful at times, hurtful at others. It can have you falling over backwards for someone or crying your eyes out.

When you are hurt, even once, you start to not trust yourself or others… sometimes you are hurt enough that you are not capable of feeling love. Don’t get me wrong, I love my children, family and friends with all my heart, just a special someone for me I can’t love. That is where I am now. It’s a horrible place to be. No matter how hard you try it’s just an emotion you can’t feel, an emptiness inside. It’s not like I don’t want to but am just incapable of it. It was funny when the psychic said the same thing to me with no information given to her… all I could say is “I know.”

I also know that one day there will be someone that comes into my life and will change all of that. (The psychic said that too) I will just keep doing what I do, living and trying new things. One day I hope that will change, maybe that one day won’t have to be too many years off from now.

Until then………

Monday, January 24, 2011

Referendum Vote in Upper Merion

Many of you know that the Special Election Referendum vote is tomorrow, January 25th, but unfortunately many do not. I am writing not only as a parent of three children but as a resident of Upper Merion as well. We need for this referendum to pass not only for the safety and welfare of the children (which is the first priority) but also for our properties to retain their current value.

In this day and age there should not be a school where smoke detectors and sprinkler systems aren’t installed and working. Unfortunately, this is the case at Caley, one of our elementary schools. Additionally, at Caley the announcement system does not reach the entire school and when an emergency lock down was called for last school year a few of the classrooms carried on like normal not knowing it was in effect. The boom of new developments and younger families moving into our district has created overcrowding in all four of our elementary schools. Closets are now turned into specialist rooms.

As a home owner, this referendum must pass for if it does not we will be forced to have trailers placed at elementary schools. Our property values will go down and our Upper Merion Schools will not be the District people would want their children to attend making it harder when trying to sell your home or refinance.

It is true that schools were closed in the 1980’s due to lack of enrollment. I know as I went through this school district. I attended Gulph Road Elementary until it closed. My classroom in 3rd grade was a combined class of 3rd and 4th grades and had around 17-20 students total. There was no reason to keep the school open. But times have changed. We could reopen Gulph Road but it would displace the Senior Center and we would also lose the revenue from Toddler Town and Gymboree and we’d still have to spend a lot of money to rehabilitate that school for today’s standard which would require the school district to raise taxes as well.

Will our taxes go up? Yes. The average home assed at $200,000 at will pay an additional $26 the first year and $52 for years 2-15. The amount in total will be approximately $1,044 for the 15 years and then the taxes would be reduced by that amount and the bond would be paid in full. I am a single mother of three children; I do know firsthand how hard it is in this economy to keep up with bills, home repairs and daily living. I am not trying to down grade that in any way but safety comes first.

This is just the opinion of one person of the tens of thousands that live here but, I truly care for the children and want to see them given the best opportunity to learn and grow. Please take the time to go to your usual voting spot and vote YES for this referendum.

Maura Buri
610-834-1492 home, 610-476-9787 cell