Five seats are open in Waynesboro Area School Board

April 26, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Five seats are open this election cycle on the Waynesboro Area School Board, whose representatives are elected by region.

Republicans in the Borough of Waynesboro will find Anna K. Bostwick-Foley and Jennifer Johns on their ballots. Johns opted to cross-file, meaning she also will appear on Democratic ballots.

Incumbent Bostwick-Foley, 67, of 22 Wynnecrest Drive, perceives school security and balancing the budget each year as issues before the school board.

"I've spent the last seven years getting some experience at (being on the board). It seems a shame to waste it," said Bostwick-Foley, a retiree who has lived in the district for a decade. She is a Republican.


Johns, a Republican from 267 Hawbaker Ave., has concerns about student safety and wants to see every child transported to school on a bus. She feels the board needs to have a member representing residents on fixed incomes.

"I feel what the school board is doing is just outrageous as far as improving the school (with) construction and raising taxes," said Johns, a 28-year-old homemaker and lifetime resident of the district.

Washington Township's two seats are being sought by incumbents Michael P. Shea and K. Marilyn Smith, as well as Pat Heefner and Steven Cheney.

Cheney, a Republican who cross-filed, is an infrastructure specialist who has lived in the district for 24 years.

"I like to work with the community and give back," said Cheney, of 11620 Woodlea Drive, Waynesboro.

He wired the high school with cable in every classroom in the 1990s and then led a project to install a local area network (LAN) at Hooverville Elementary School using volunteer labor.

Cheney, 48, said issues are the ongoing high school construction and providing the best education possible for students.

Heefner, a Republican who cross-filed, lives at 10591 Buena Vista Drive in Waynesboro, and has lived in the district for 49 years.

Heefner, 63, decided to run because she wanted to have a voice in education.

"I really believe in public education. ... You can't be 'pro-education' without being 'pro-educator,'" said Heefner, who retired as a school district staff member in 2000.

Issues she identified are that No Child Left Behind "starts from a false premise that teachers are unqualified and not doing their jobs," the frequency of standardized testing and Pennsylvania's Act 1 of 2006.

Shea, a 50-year-old Democrat who cross-filed, is an administrator for behavioral health services at Washington County Hospital and has lived in the district for 21 years.

"I have a very long track record in being involved in education," Shea said. "I believe we're at a crucial turning point."

Shea, of 347 Laurel Lane, Waynesboro, perceives financing and facilities standards as issues facing the district. He also wants to see a better relationship forged between the administration and faculty.

The school board appointed Shea to a seat vacated by his daughter, Megan, in May 2006.

Smith, a Republican who cross-filed, has been on the board for 12 years.

"I have been involved in bringing funds into the district to prevent alcoholism and drug abuse in our kids and teens. We've brought thousands of dollars into our schools through Communities That Care, which I'm director of," Smith said, saying youths need to be given tools to become productive citizens.

The resident of 12365 Wedgewood Drive, Waynesboro, thinks her experience is an asset to the board.

Smith, 71, identified issues as tax reform, facilities projects and growth.

The primary is May 15.

Coming Friday

See Friday's edition of The Morning Herald for a preview of the Waynesboro Area School Board race in the North End, which includes South Mountain, Quincy, Mont Alto and a section of Guilford Township.

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