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Chambersburg School Board names Barton to replace Orndorf

August 21, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Carl Barton, who ran against former Chambersburg School Board President Thomas Orndorf in 2005, was selected Wednesday to fill the vacancy created by Orndorf's resignation last month.

The board voted 4-3 to appoint Barton, 66, to the Region 4 seat Orndorf had held for 10 years. Orndorf had been board president for the past three years and another former board president, Stanley Helman, was picked last month as president.

Barton, a retired research assistant professor with the University of Pittsburgh Child Welfare Training Program, was picked over David Black, an architectural engineer.

Helman and board members Norman Blowers, Fred Rice and Joseph Tosten voted for Barton. Board Vice President Renee Sharpe was joined by board members Lori Leedy and Anne Boryan in voting for Black.

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Board member David Sciamanna was not present.

Helman posed six questions to each applicant, although Barton was the only one at the meeting. The questions were e-mailed Wednesday to Black, who was on a previously scheduled vacation.

In order to keep it as fair as possible, Helman said Black was given as long as 45 minutes to respond.

In their responses, both men said that the best decision the board had made in the past year was to move forward on improvements to the Franklin County Career and Technology Center. The district has spearheaded planning for a $15 million renovation of the building, which is shared with five other districts, coupled with a $21 million academic wing for Chambersburg students.

Asked what the worst decision of the past year was, Barton criticized administration spending on travel, meals, lodging and other expenses.

"The administration's spending has become noticeably lax," said Barton, a frequent critic of the board who attends nearly every meeting.

The view will be different from the other side of the desk, being a board member, but Barton believes he was the best qualified, including the six years when his wife, Linda, was a board member in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

A former research professor at the U.S. Army War College and an operations research analyst at Letterkenny Army Depot, Barton said his experience in areas such as transportation studies will benefit the district, as will his previous meeting attendance.

"I've probably attended more meetings and more Finance Committee meetings than some current board members," he said.

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