More board candidates questioned

January 08, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The second day of Waynesboro Area School Board interviews featured four men and one woman vying to become the newest board member representing Washington Township, Pa.

On Thursday, Barbara Shadler, Gregory Ochoa, D. Tim Morrow, Kathy Shaffer and Matthew Richardson each faced six questions from three sitting board members, who said a decision will be announced to the public next Tuesday.

Four people - Alice Noll, Joe Jacobs, Denise Ingram and Chris Lind - interviewed earlier this week.

One of the questions presented candidates with a scenario in which a neighbor complains about a teacher and calls for that teacher to be fired.

"If they're having problems with a teacher, they should talk to that teacher," said Shadler, who taught in the district.

She touted her knowledge of No Child Left Behind requirements as a reason to choose her.

Ochoa, who has a doctorate in educational leadership, described himself as being in a beneficial position, saying he has children enrolled in Waynesboro Area Middle School, Waynesboro Area Senior High School and the Franklin Learning Center.


"I know it's a heavy commitment to be effective. You have to be involved more than showing up at the meetings," he said.

Morrow is an assistant principal at South Hagerstown High School and holds a master's degree in educational administration.

"I don't see the school board as a micro-manager of the school system, but as a team with the superintendent," he said.

Shaffer said she possesses the traits of "trustworthy and competent" as described in the motto of her employer, the Office of Chief Counsel for the U.S. Secret Service.

"I don't have an agenda. I'm very neutral," she said.

Richardson highlighted his work in health care administration, saying he has experience working with a few hundred employees, problem solving and listening to people's needs.

Richardson talked about the budget and "being prudent and conscious of where this money is coming from, which is the taxpayers of the Waynesboro School District."

"You have to do due diligence and make wise financial decisions," he said.

The chosen candidate will finish the term of Stanley Barkdoll, who recently resigned due to increased work commitments and a pending move out of the district. The term expires at the end of the year, meaning the new board member would need to run in the upcoming elections to serve beyond 2009.

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