Chambersburg Superintendent will hold public forums

December 13 – Here’s a new one for our area – the Superintendent for the Chambersburg Area School District plans to actually hold question and answer sessions with the public. 

Chris Bigger was hired at the end of the summer this year after former superintendent Dion Betts resigned his position. 

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “What a difference a president makes, and what a difference superintendent makes. This will be happening in 2024. Good news.”

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “I’m very optimistic for the Chambersburg School District and this new superintendent. He did an extensive Q&A sit down introduction interview that the Public Opinion published a few days ago. Again, transparency he wants to be more connected to the faculty, the staff and the community. That’s not what we’ve seen here the last few administrations. He just seems to have a different, better perspective about our local culture, how things should operate, how things would work around here. I think there’s a real recipe for success here. These forms, I think, are just great. I hope the public takes advantage of it. I think he is legitimately taking that feedback he gets from the public back to the board, back to the district to try to implement things that should be done.”

Chambersburg Area School Board Member Stephanie Harbaugh said, “Mr. Bigger, I’ve talked to him several times and I think he’s fantastic. He’s really pushing, having goals and long term plans for the district and I don’t know that that’s happened in a while so I know everybody on the board is very excited about his being here, and how we think things are going to go.”

The Q&A Public Forum will have times for the public to come in and ask him questions directly. 

Harbaugh said, “I think that that’s going to be really beneficial for people that have questions that they’d like to ask and that he’s allowing himself to be open to that so people can address him directly.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “I have to give kudos to Chris. I’m not surprised. From my past experience when he used to be with the Chambersburg School District, he’s been that kind of person that you can approach, you can talk to. We’re also hoping to invite him to come to the station. He certainly has an open microphone with us. But I’m not surprised he’s willing to have a meeting like that where he will talk to people one on one. That’s really great.”

Harbaugh said, “He’s been really engaging and he’s really pushing the goal setting and I think that’s going to be extremely important because I think the last few years, there hasn’t been these this is where we’re headed. It’s just kind of been, let’s put out this fire, let’s put out this fire, let’s put out this fire. I think he’s trying to look at the bigger picture and he even said last night about getting things in order so he can start looking and presenting five year plans for the district and what it is that he’s looking at doing. I think he’s going to have a really, really positive impact as far as how the board’s going to move and how he’s going to move the district and work together. So I’m really looking forward to working with him.”