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Five seats open on Waynesboro School Board

May 15, 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.

Bostwick-Foley, 67, of 22 Wynnecrest Drive, sees 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.

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Johns, a Republican from 267 Hawbaker Ave., has concerns about student safety and wants to see every child transported to school on a bus.

"I feel what the school board is doing is just outrageous as far as improving the school, 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.

Steven 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 construction and providing the best education possible for students.

Pat Heefner, a Republican who cross-filed, lives at 10591 Buena Vista Drive in Waynesboro.

Heefner, 63, decided to run for school board after feeling that current board members weren't available and weren't providing answers to her questions.

"I really believe in public education," she said.

Issues she identified are that No Child Left Behind "starts from a false premise that teachers are unqualified," the frequency of standardized testing and Pennsylvania's Act 1 of 2006.

Michael P. 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.

K. Marilyn 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 two seats 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.

Candidates there are incumbents Lawrence M. "Larry" Glenn and Lee E. Daywalt as well as Firmadge W. Crutchfield and Edward Wilson.

Crutchfield, a Republican who cross-filed, is a resident of 8770 Orlando Drive, 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, Fayetteville, Pa., and is pastor of the South Mountain Bible Church.

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

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

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 board.

Glenn, of P.O. Box 568, Mont Alto, Pa., said he chose to run because of the 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 workforce development and 21-year resident of the district, Glenn identified both facilities needs and the effectiveness of education in programs as issues.

Edward Wilson, a Republican who cross-filed, lives at 11610 South Mountain Road, 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 primary election is May 15.

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