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Four seek seats on School Board from North End

April 27, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Ten people are candidates for five Waynesboro Area School Board seats open this election cycle.

Voters in the district elect their representatives by region.

The two seats up for grabs in the North End will be decided by residents of South Mountain, Quincy, Mont Alto and the section of Guilford Township that is in the district.

North End candidates are incumbents Lawrence M. "Larry" Glenn and Lee E. Daywalt, as well as Firmadge W. Crutchfield and Edward Wilson.

Daywalt was the only North End candidate who did not cross-file, meaning he will appear on only one party's ballots. The other candidates will appear on both Republican and Democratic ballots in the May 15 primary election.

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According to election officials, the top two vote-getters on the Democratic and Republican sides will appear on the November ballot.

Crutchfield, a Republican who cross-filed, is a resident of 8770 Orlando Drive in Waynesboro.

"I'm running because I have an interest in bettering the schools and the community," said Crutchfield, who has lived in the district for 3 1/2 years.

Crutchfield, 42, said there are budgetary issues as well as fractures on the board evidenced by voting. He also is concerned about schools being placed on the state's watch list.

He is the chief financial officer and vice president of an informational technology services company.

Daywalt, a Republican, lives at 5050 Spruce Road in Fayetteville, Pa., and is pastor of South Mountain Bible Church.

"I figure if I'm going to serve, I might as well get elected to serve, not just appointed," said Daywalt, 36.

He is filling a seat on the board that was vacated by Todd A. Rock after Rock was elected state representative for the 90th House District.

Crutchfield and Wilson applied to fill Rock's seat, but the board appointed Daywalt on Jan. 9. Following questions raised by The Herald-Mail about possible violations of Pennsylvania's Sunshine Act, the board publicly interviewed the trio and ratified Daywalt's appointment on Feb. 23.

Daywalt, who has lived in the district for 33 years, identified issues as the high school building project and the physical needs of the elementary buildings.

Glenn, a Republican who cross-filed, is in his 12th year on the school board.

Glenn, of P.O. Box 568 in Mont Alto, Pa., said he chose to run because of the board's unfinished business.

"The school board is finally dealing with the issues that need to be dealt with, and it's exciting to be a part of that," he said.

A professional in work-force development and 21-year resident of the district, Glenn identified both facilities needs and the effectiveness of educational programs as issues.

Wilson, a Republican who cross-filed, lives at 11610 South Mountain Road in Fayetteville, and operates the Quincy Township (Pa.) Wastewater Treatment Plant.

"I don't think the present board is going to do anything as far as my beliefs. ... I just think it's time for a change," said Wilson, who has lived and/or worked in the district his entire life.

Wilson, 51, has concerns about schools with facilities needs, Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) benchmarks not being met and the graduation rate.

"When you have kids who don't graduate, that's going to create problems in the future," Wilson said.

The Morning Herald published a story about the Borough of Waynesboro and Washington Township candidates for the school board in Thursday's newspaper. To view that story, go to www.herald-mail.com.

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