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South Mountain minister appointed to fill Rocks's Seat

January 10, 2007|by KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - After more than one hour of executive session discussion Tuesday, the Waynesboro Area School Board voted to appoint the Rev. Lee Daywalt to a vacant school board seat.

The position was vacated by Todd Rock, who resigned from the board in December 2006 to begin serving in the state General Assembly.

Daywalt was one of three candidates who applied for the position and was approved by a 6-2 vote, with Leland Lemley and Michael Shea opposing.

Board President Larry Glenn refused to release the names of the other candidates before speaking with the school board's solicitor.

Lemley and Shea cast their votes against Daywalt, saying they did not feel he was a good representative of his constituency.

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"I saw the concerns raised and wonder how much he really represents the north end," Shea said.

Daywalt, who lives on South Mountain and serves as pastor of the New Baltimore Church of God, will represent the north end of the school district along with Glenn and Lemley. The north end includes the borough of Mont Alto, South Mountain, Quincy Township and a small part of Guilford Township.

It was after receiving encouragement from friends that Daywalt said he chose to apply for the position.

"I look for wisdom in a multitude of counselors," he said Tuesday night in a telephone interview. "I had people I trust tell me I should apply."

Daywalt said he and the other two candidates were interviewed by the school board's three-person search committee last week.

Accepting the school board position will be a learning experience for Daywalt, who said he will not come to the board with a specific agenda but that he does plan to run for the position in the May primary.

"One of the questions they asked was whether I would run for the position in May. And, yes, I plan to," he said.

Daywalt will be sworn in at the board's next meeting and he will serve through the beginning of December unless re-elected.

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