May 4—Four candidates are waging campaigns to get on the November ballot to fill a seat on the Tulpehocken School Board from Region 2, which includes Tulpehocken and Jefferson townships.
Incumbent Anthony P. Rodig and Matthew S. Hetick have cross-filed in the primary, meaning they will appear on both the Democrat and Republican ballots.
Jason S. Huey and Shirley Lauricella Pawling did not cross-file. Huey will appear on the Democrat ballot, and Pawling on the Republican ballot.
We asked the candidates to respond to two questions:
Question 1: What issue is driving you to run for office?
Question 2: What are you learning when you talk to voters?
Matthew S. Hetrick, 61.
Background: I have lived in the area for over 50 years and graduated from Boyertown. Have had numerous successful private businesses, which will help me work with the current board to make sure our children come first.
Response 1: My main issue is to bring our children back to school full time safely. Education includes many different ways to educate our children. Many people think it's just about books. I would say that is about 75%. The other parts are learning how to deal with one another. Another is letting them learn to deal with society and learn how to make decisions for themselves. It is so important that children get a rounded education. It takes administration, teachers and very much parents to accomplish this. The board must make sure we supply the necessary tools to accomplish this. Money is not free and must be put to areas that best support these goals. Education prepares our children to become important adults in our society now and in the future, whichever path our children choose to get there.
Response 2: In our area the thing I have found the parents want is their children to return to in-class as soon as possible safely. They want to make sure that the children receive the best from our board, our administration and our teachers. They want to have this happen through smart ways of spending their tax dollars. They are relying on the board to do this through research and making hard decisions. People have asked me my background and what makes me qualified to do this. Running your own business and having 125 people on your payroll relying on every decision I make to keep my business successful. Business has taught me one of the most important things you can do. LISTEN! Whether it is my clients, my employees or the management group I surround myself with.
Anthony P. Rodig, 47.
Background: BS in information systems. IT engineer for 23 years. 29-year Air Force career: 7 years active, 22 years Air National Guard. 17-year resident with two graduates in the district. Leads men's church prayer breakfast. Hobbies include investing, helping on neighbor's farm and home repair projects.
Response 1: School efficiency, such as student access to opportunities, how finances are handled and staff accountability. Preparing students with proper instruction, balancing fundamental skills with the utilization of current instruction methods. Despite four years of tax cuts, efforts should continue to examine costs and remove waste in every facet of the district. Focused professional development that hones staff members abilities so they can address those who are faltering.
Response 2: Discussions with voters have led to repeated themes about the future of students and the community. Most long for robust education that develops students to their full potential. Many are concerned about flagrant spending. Their desires center around the need for academic rigor that enforces fundamentals, yet limits drilling and sole test prep simply to get by. Voters have mentioned that while there are needs to be funded, they are concerned about poor use of tax dollars with little empathy for who is paying the bill.
Jason S. Huey
Huey did not respond to requests seeking information for the voters guide.
Shirley Lauricella Pawling
Pawling did not respond to requests seeking information for the voters guide.