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School Law Consultation with Bernie Hoffman

Hoffman Mr. Bernie Hoffman will be in attendance at the conference all day Friday
and Saturday, May 15-16. Bernie will be availbe to meet with individuals or
groups concerning legal issues. You can schedule a session by contacting
Herbert W. Hunt at 724-738-2283 or email herbert.hunt @sru.edu  Limited
sessions are available.

Bernard G. Hoffman was a staff member with the Neshaminy School District in Langhorne, Bucks County, PA from 1958 to 1997.  In his almost 40 years at Neshaminy, he served as classroom teacher, assist principal, principal, administrative assistant to the superintendent, assistant superintendent, supervisor of curriculum and instruction, deputy superintendent, superintendent, as well as a commissioned officer of the State since 1976.  Mr. Hoffman worked with students, staff and administration and directed the daily operations of the district.  He also worked extensively with the community, agencies, law enforcement, and the media.

Mr. Hoffman's experience also includes directing a mental health consultation service in the U.S. Army, member and chairperson of the Bucks County Drug and Alcohol Commission, and member of numerous county and state alcohol and drug and anti-violence committees.  He has directed and served on State and National Committees dealing with people problems and educational affairs.  Currently, Mr. Hoffman is a consultant to the Pennsylvania Department of Education in the areas of at-risk issues, student assistance and administrative affairs.  He has been on the board of PA AWARE, The Opportunity Council and Livingrin Foundation in Bucks County.  Mr. Hoffman also served on the boards of the National Conference of Communities for Justice as Vice Chairman, and Rotary.  He has consulted for the Department of Education in Washington, D.C. on high-risk issues and exemplary programs, as well as with the Department of Education Pennsylvania on Safe and Drug-Free Schools.  In addition, Mr. Hoffman also holds a leadership position on the Bucks County Violence Prevention Task Force.  Mr. Hoffman was designated as Administrator Emeritus upon his retirement from the Neshaminy School District.  In 1997, he was awarded the Pennsylvania Association of Student Assistance Professionals Visionary Award for his work and in 2003 he was honored with the Friend of PASAP Award.  He has served on the National Masonic Foundation for Children's advisory group and the Board of Americans for Native Americans.   Mr. Hoffman also served as a member of the Attorney General's Task Force on Family Violence (Co-Chair Education Committee), and as a member of the Governor's Community Partnership for Safe Children.  Presently, he serves on the Board of Today, Incorporated.  He serves as an official consultant to the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association and as the safety advisor to the School District of Philadelphia, Office of School Climate and Safety. 

Mr. Hoffman has done consulting work for universities, public and parochial schools, business organizations, corporations throughout the country and with Federal and numerous state governments.  His areas of consultation include: people problems, student assistance, crisis team coordination, safe and violence free schools, committees, international education, school/police relationships, organization of administrators, at-risk issues, crisis response and emergency planning, administrative and management tasks, policy, procedure, guideline and contract development, as well as working with the media and community relations.  He has conducted time and stress management, at-risk and people problem workshops for administrators, law enforcement personnel, agency professionals and support staff, business community members, parent and professional educators as well as governmental leaders.  He has close consulting relationships with Drexel and Slippery Rock Universities.  At Slippery Rock University, he has been given the title of Adjunct Professor.