Education Policy Expert Ron Cowell

Public Presentation April 10, 2013 at Norwin Middle School

Business - Education Roundtable / EPLC Presentation by Ron Cowell, Executive Director

Ron Cowell, president of The Education Policy and Leadership Center, is scheduled to be the guest speaker at Norwin School District’s next Business-Education Roundtable session from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013 in the Norwin Middle School Auditorium. The event is open to the general public.

The Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC) is an independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit organization based in Harrisburg. Mr. Cowell is an experienced policy leader who also is a frequent speaker, writer and consultant concerning education policy issues. Mr. Cowell was invited by the Superintendent to speak about Governor Tom Corbett’s recently proposed Education Budget for 2013-2014. Mr. Cowell also spoke to the Business-Education Roundtable members in 2012 on a similar topic.

The School District’s Business-Education Roundtable sessions provide an opportunity for community business and industry leaders to learn more about School District educational programs, services, and management operations. The purpose of the sessions is to provide firsthand information and open dialogue with business and industry representatives, a long-held priority of Superintendent William Kerr.

Business - Education Roundtable / EPLC Presentation by Ron Cowell, Executive Director

Wednesday, April 10th 2013 at 6:30-8pm

Norwin Middle School Auditorium, 10870 Mockingbird Drive, North Huntingdon, PA 15642


6:30 p.m.: Refreshments

6:45 to 7:45 p.m.: Mr. Cowell's Presentation

7:45 to 8 p.m.: Question and Answer

About the Presenter

Since January 1999, Ron Cowell has been the president of The Education Policy and Leadership Center. Prior to that, Mr. Cowell served as a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives for 24 years until 1998. While in the Legislature, he served as the majority or minority chair of the House Committee on Education for twelve years. Mr. Cowell is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and Widener University Law School.

RSVP by April 8, 2013

Simply email Mrs. Barbara Gregar, secretary to the Superintendent of Schools, at, or call her at 724-861-3039 to RSVP for this insighful presentation.

Norwin School District

The Norwin School District is comprised of the municipalities of North Huntingdon Township, Irwin Borough and North Irwin Borough in the southwest corner of Westmoreland County. The Norwin School District is the result of the 1958 jointure between the North Huntingdon Township Schools and the Irwin Borough Schools, reuniting what was in the 1930's one system.

The present Norwin school system consists of seven schools serving students, a District administration building, and a central maintenance facility. Approximate student enrollment is as follows: 1,950 students attend the four K-4 elementary schools; 800 students in Grades 5 and 6 attend Hillcrest Intermediate School; 820 students in Grades 7 and 8 attend Norwin Middle School; and 1,640 students are enrolled at the High School, which encompasses grades 9-12. All school buildings and the Administration Building have been newly built and/or renovated since 2003.

The Norwin School District Mission Statement is: Through quality educational experiences, the Norwin School District prepares students to become productive and responsible citizens in an ever-changing global society. To fulfill the mission, the Norwin Board of Education is committed to providing quality facilities, staff, educational materials and opportunities to challenge students. In addition to more than 300 highly qualified, certified teachers and administrators, Norwin School District provides full-time psychologists, a Director of Special Education and Student Services, gifted coordinators, school counselors, a home and school visitor, certified nurses, and school librarians.

The Norwin School District academic curriculum challenges students at all levels. Students are provided further challenging opportunities through chorus, band, art, theater, and Advanced Placement classes, as well as Dual Enrollment in cooperation with three local colleges/universities and College in High School courses (both Dual Enrollment and College in High School are available at the expense of the family). In addition, Norwin faculty participates in ongoing professional development to continually improve their teaching and student learning. As a result, Norwin School District has shown improvement on the state PSSA exams, as documented by the Pittsburgh Business Times, which ranked the District 11th among western Pennsylvania’s 105 school districts and third in Westmoreland County for 2012.

The secondary schools in the Norwin School District also offer a variety of extracurricular activities to develop the total student. Norwin students have the opportunity to participate and succeed in numerous areas outside the curriculum at the varsity level and the Middle School level. Twenty-two (22) PIAA-WPIAL varsity-level sports are available for students to select, including: Baseball, Football, Wresting, Girls’ Field Hockey, Softball, Boys and Girls Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track, and Volleyball.

These quality programs and services are administered in a fiscally responsible manner as demonstrated by Norwin School District’s school taxes, which in the 2012-2013 school year are the lowest among Westmoreland County’s 17 school districts. Our successes are the direct result of quality students, families and a most supportive community. We maintain a professional working relationship with the Norwin Chamber of Commerce and would like to increase our business-education partnerships both now and in the future. The District strives to continue this culture of excellence in education, with all of us working together to move Norwin forward “from great…to EXTRAORDINARY.”