The academy complements Mt. Lebanon’s successful fire and police academies. It provides a broad introduction to all aspects of local government, giving participants a look at the community’s successes and challenges, as well as an appreciation of how tax dollars are spent.
Academy participants will hear from various municipal departments and related agencies as well as the school district from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on eight Thursdays from January 10 through March 7 (No session on Valentine's Day.) The first session is in the municipal building, but some sessions will take place at other facilities, such as the library, public safety center or rec center, depending on the topic. Some walking, including stairs, may be involved.
“Academies like this are offered all over the country with the purpose of educating and engaging residents.” says CRB chair Lisa Borrelli Dorn. “Many people who ‘graduate’ from these academies go on to take leadership roles in the community.”
Mt. Lebanon Residents Academy is not a series of lectures, Borrelli Dorn emphasizes: “It is interactive, with off-site visits, participatory activities and plenty of time for questions and answers.”
All municipal departments will participate, with several sharing a two-hour slot. Topics will include finance, economic development, fire and police, communications, parks and recreation, public works, zoning and library services. Medical Rescue Team South, Mt. Lebanon School District, Animal Control and other service providers also will present.
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