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Wayne Kretzer

August 01, 2006

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.

He works at the Food Lion Distribution Center in Chambersburg, Pa., where he mainly handles ordering.

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.

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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.

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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