Do your home­work on school board can­di­dates

The Southern Berks News - - LOCAL NEWS - Rus­sell Diesinger is a 16year mem­ber of the Ex­eter School Board. He is not seek­ing re-elec­tion

To the Editor: This year’s school board race in Ex­eter Town­ship is heat­ing up into an elec­tion. There are ac­tu­ally more can­di­dates than there are open seats. As a cit­i­zen, I am al­ways ex­cited about hav­ing a choice! Yes­ter­day, as a re­tired mem­ber of the Penn­syl­va­nia State Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (PSEA), I re­ceived a let­ter from the Ex­eter Town­ship Ed­u­ca­tion As­so­ci­a­tion, the teach­ers’ union.

The pur­pose of the let­ter was to in­form me that ETEA had de­cided to en­dorse three can­di­dates for school board be­cause, “these can­di­dates have the best ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge to pos­i­tively serve our com­mu­nity, our stu­dents, and our tax­pay­ers. What the let­ter does not tell you is that the ETEA did not see fit to af­ford ev­ery can­di­date the op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­view with union lead­er­ship as part of their process to award their en­dorse­ments. How did they choose these can­di­dates? Are they some­one’s friend, rel­a­tive, spouse, or a mem­ber of a “good” Ex­eter fam­ily? The “good ole boy” sys­tem in this com­mu­nity raises its ugly head more of­ten then not.

This elec­tion should be the choice of the com­mu­nity. In par­tic­u­lar the un­con­tested two year seat should not be an­other board ap­point­ment.

The pos­si­bil­ity for the “Ben­der Sce­nario,” where an in­cum­bent loses gen­eral elec­tion and then is re-ap­pointed to the board is a real pos­si­bil­ity!

I write to of­fer my fel­low citizens a warn­ing. Do your “home­work” be­fore you choose who you are go­ing to give your vote. Be skep­ti­cal of these kinds of en­dorse­ments. Govern­ment and its abil­ity to serve ef­fec­tively is truly de­ter­mined by the qual­ity and in­tegrity of whom we elect.

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