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Waynesboro School Board member submits resignation

Brenda Lucas cited work commitments as reason she must step down

July 14, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH
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WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Less than a year after being elected, a Waynesboro Area School Board member has submitted her resignation effective immediately.

Brenda Lucas, 49, represented the Borough of Waynesboro on the nine-person board, whose members are elected by region. She and Bonnie Bachtell won borough seats in a three-way race last November.

Lucas cited work commitments as the reason for her resignation, saying she works more than one job.

The school board will meet at 7 a.m. Friday to discuss the process to fill her vacancy, officials said.

Lucas said she was told during the election there would be Tuesday board meetings.

"It's become more than that," she said Wednesday.

Lucas, a 1979 graduate of Waynesboro Area Senior High School, missed more meetings than she attended this year. She missed 10 meetings and attended eight, according to published reports and board-approved minutes posted on the district website.

"I need somebody to fill my position that can attend on a regular basis," Lucas said.

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Meetings, which usually end in closed-door executive sessions, often last until after midnight, according to Lucas, who said her alarm clock goes off at 5 a.m.

A mother of two, Lucas, a Democrat, said during the campaign that she wanted to serve as a liaison between students, teachers, parents and the community. The 49-year-old works as a surgical coordinator for Antietam Urological Center in Hagerstown.

"I am honored to have served on the board. ... I really think they're doing a good job," Lucas said.

"I hope we do not have to go and dismiss any teacher positions, the librarian, the (school resource) officer or driver's ed. I hope they get the budget straightened out, and everyone works together to do that," she said.

Discipline needs to be better addressed in the schools, Lucas said.

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