Perkiomen Valley School Board member resigns

PERKIOMEN — Andrea Galambos will not return to the Perkiomen Valley School Board for the 2014-15 school year.

Before the school board’s only meeting of July, Galambos announced via email her intention to resign from the school board due to the need to commit more to her family.

“While I could potentially fulfill the minimum obligations of the position, I feel strongly that this would be a disservice to the district, especially in these trying times,” she wrote. “I will be submitting my resignation July 14, 2014.”

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Galambos was the deciding vote of the budget for the 2014-15 school year.

In an initial approval vote for a version of the budget June 9, she voted against the budget. June 12, she voted to approve a modified one, which passed.

It was the cap of a long, difficult budget process that featured a student walkout and marathon meetings.

Asked if the tough budget and the state government’s role (or lack thereof) in funding schools played into her decision to resign, Galambos said it didn’t “at all.”

“I am a big advocate for public education and was and still am very proud of the manner in which Perkiomen Valley School District engaged our legislators, the public and our larger community in striving for improved school funding,” Galambos told The Mercury. “I will continue to help these efforts.”

Galambos took a trip to Harrisburg to try to appeal for a change in school funding in the midst of this year’s budget cycle.

Still, next year’s budget process does not look to be much easier.

“When I first became involved and interested in the board activities, it was during a period in which, looking back, our struggles seemed large,” Galambos wrote in her email. “Recently, our troubles are tenfold.”

Galambos struck an optimistic note, relating an anecdote about Superintendent Clifford Rogers when she told him, during an “especially tense moment ... ‘This too shall pass.’”

“He turned to me and replied, ‘This too shall make us stronger,’” she said.

“We are all very sorry to see Andrea leave the board,” said Board PResident Ann Mantey. “She will be sorely missed.”

A replacement for resigning David Warren in June, 2012, Galambos ran for a two-year term last year and won alongside current board vice president Paul Smith.

She classified her decision to resign as being “very recent.”

The Perkiomen Valley School Board will now be tasked with choosing a replacement for Galambos.

Monday night’s meeting of the board was the only one scheduled for July, with the next set for Aug. 4.

Mantey said the due date for resumes and cover letters for those interested in joining the board is July 30. The board will review candidates Aug. 4, then interview candidates publicly Aug. 11.

“The person selected will immediately join the board meeting that night,” Mantey said.

Resumes and cover letters can be sent to the school board’s secretary, Laurie Weidner, at lweidner@pvsd.org.

Although she said she couldn’t speak for the board’s decision in a new member, Galambos said there was some value in having young children of her own in the school district.

“I obviously have a long-term investment in the quality of the education here in Perkiomen Valley,” she said. “Being a parent gives you a unique perspective and the knowledge of the daily operations of the district and can be of significant value when having conversations at the board level.”

Galambos called serving with the school board “one of the most fulfilling and rewarding ones of my adult life.”

She told The Mercury that she hoped to continue attending some board meetings and get involved in some committees, but does need to step back a little from the level of involvement she currently had.

“I am very sad over having to make this decision, but it was one necessary for my family,” she said. “I do look forward to the opportunity in the future to once again hold this role.”

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