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Kretzer running for county Board of Education

July 17, 2006|by ERIN CUNNINGHAM

HAGERSTOWN - Wayne Kretzer has run track and coached the sport for more than 20 years. Recently, the 38-year-old Hagerstown resident decided to run in a different kind of race.

Kretzer has filed to run for a spot on the Washington County Board of Education. There are 10 people running for three seats on the board. The primary election is Sept. 12; the general election is Nov. 7.

This is Kretzer's first bid for elected office, he said.

He works at the Food Lion Distribution Center in Chambersburg, Pa., where he mainly handles ordering. Kretzer said would like to see some changes with the county's schools, so he decided to run in the upcoming election.

"There are some things I'd like to see happen," he said. "This is an opportunity for me to maybe make a difference."

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Kretzer said there are many opportunities to improve the school system. He was pleased to see that many needed repairs were being made to the county's schools over the summer, but said he would like to see what else can be done.

"I'd like to maybe visit the schools," he said. "And see what needed to be done. Then, ask, 'Well, why do you think that needs to be done?'"

If elected, Kretzer said he would like to make it to every school in the county to ask questions and learn from teachers and administrators what each school's needs were.

"I'd like to be hands on," he said. "I'm really concerned about what's going on."

Kretzer said he would like to work to reinstate a middle school track meet that he believes was done away with in 1999. He said the meet was fun for athletes but was also about competition.

"I'd like to see what I could do to return that," he said.

Class size and busing were other areas he said he would look into and hopefully improve if elected.

Kretzer said he would also like to start initiatives to recognize people involved in the school system, like crossing guards or bus drivers. He said people in these roles often go unappreciated.

"I'd like to recognize people for all that they do, maybe with some special awards," he said.

Kretzer graduated from Boonsboro High School in 1986. He began coaching track and field after graduation, first as a volunteer. He began spending more time coaching in the early 1990s and now organizes local races, he said.

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