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Three seek open North End seats on Waynesboro School Board

October 29, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. - Three men who vied once for an open Waynesboro Area School Board seat will square off again in Pennsylvania's municipal election Nov. 6.

Voters will select from the trio - Firmadge W. Crutchfield, Lee E. Daywalt and Edward Wilson - to fill two four-year terms from the North End. Voters in the district elect by region, and the North End encompasses South Mountain, Quincy, Mont Alto and a portion of Guilford Township.

In December 2006, Todd Rock of Mont Alto, Pa., vacated his position on the school board to serve in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Crutchfield, Daywalt and Wilson all applied to be appointed to the spot, and the other school board members selected Daywalt.

"A gentleman once told me that for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing. I want to do what I can for the next generation," Daywalt said.

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He and the other two candidates are registered Republicans, but Daywalt will appear on ballots as a Democrat due to the write-in process from May's primary election.

Daywalt, 37, of 5050 Spruce Road, Fayetteville, is the pastor of New Baltimore Church of God and administrator of the Preserving Our Heritage Archives & Museum. The lifelong district resident holds degrees from Penn State University, Shippensburg University and Winebrenner Theological Seminary.

"I think the major issues facing the Waynesboro Area School District are the ones facing other school districts (like) getting quality teachers," Daywalt said.

"Also, all of our buildings are getting up there in years," he said.

Crutchfield, 43, moved to the school district four years ago and lives at 8770 Orlando Drive, Waynesboro. The chief financial officer said he has concerns with schools meeting adequate yearly progress standards, as well as the openness of the board.

"With children of school age, I was concerned with the way the board was operating and the quality of education in the area," Crutchfield said.

Crutchfield, who holds degrees from Emory University and Hampden-Sydney College, said he would take a hard look at the curriculum and budget, adding that the school board might be "returning to the fountain" too frequently in reference to raising taxes. Other schools were ignored when the cost escalated for the Waynesboro Area Senior High School renovation, he said.

Wilson, 51, of 11610 South Mountain Road, Fayetteville, operates the Quincy Township Wastewater Treatment Plant. Wilson graduated from the local high school and said a major issue is the possible takeover of the Franklin County Career and Technology Center.

He also said the $46 million price tag is probably too much for the high school renovation.

"Is it what we need or what we want?" Wilson asked. "I think a lot of people in the area are upset with the way the board has done and run things."

Daywalt has not missed a board meeting since his appointment. Crutchfield said that he has "attended meetings as necessary" since developing an interest in serving.

Wilson said he has attended few meetings, which currently conflict with work. He added that his employer has agreed to eliminate that conflict if he is elected.

Pat Heefner, K. Marilyn Smith and Jennifer Johns are uncontested in other regional races for the school board.

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