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8 candidates seek 4 seats on Perkiomen Valley School Board

By Evan Brandt,, @PottstownNews on Twitter

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Perkiomen Valley School Board race features eight candidates running for four open seats.

Two of those candidates, Richard Bouher and Rachael Charyna are incumbents and both are running on the Republican ballot.

The two other Republicans are Mallory Perlin and Diane C. Landes.

The four Democrats seeking a board seat are Beth A. Roberts, Judy Lofton, Wayde M. Weston and Eugene Halus.

Bouher, the current board president, was the first candidate this election season to respond to Digital First Media’s candidate questionnaire.

Bouher, 48, has served one four-year term on the board and is a project manager.

“I am re-running to continue the good work we have done over the last four years. We have paid down over $20 million dollars in debt, all while doing $20 million in capital projects. The district is one of the highest ranked districts in the state, all while being financially responsible for tax payers,” he wrote in his response.

He wrote that his most important goal is to “continue to be financially responsible. The best education does not need to be the most expensive.”

In her response, Roberts, 61, wrote that she decided to run for the “protection of public school system in a charter-friendly environment.”

An alum of Perkiomen Valley High School, Roberts wrote that she has experience as a teacher and, long-term experience in employee benefits and insurance. She is a college graduate and the holder of a teacher certificate.

If elected, Roberts wrote that her priority will be to “maintain and improve the learning environment using innovative thinking and closer collaboration with administrators, teachers and the community.”

Halus, wrote in his candidate response that he is running for the school board as a “public service.”

An educator with a Ph.D, Halus wrote that he has “20-plus years in education including time as a high school teacher; political science professor involved in teacher preparation; former Presidental Management Fellow, U.S. Government; Chief Aide, Senator Joseph O’Toole, Senate of the Republic of Ireland.”

If elected, Halus said his priority would be “resolving the school district’s fiscal challenges.”

Lofton, 45, wrote in her candidate response that she is running because “as a parent of four children who have attended Perkiomen Valley schools for the past 15 years, I have become concerned with the changes that I have seen in recent years and their impact on the educational experiences for students in the community.”

A medical writer and consultant, Lofton holds a master’s degree in science from Drexel University. She has “spent over 20 years developing and implementing educational programs for health care professionals.”

If elected, Lofton wrote she would prioritize “the educational experiences of students, improving relationships with the community, increasing transparency, and managing the budget responsibly.”

In his response, Weston, 58, wrote “I’m running because I believe in public education. I want to help make sure that the students at PV have great educational opportunities, while maintaining our responsibility to taxpayers for responsible management of resources.”

A pharmaceutical scientist with a PhD in Biology from University of Pennsylvania, Weston wrote “20 years experience in the pharmaceutical industry, leading teams and managing complex projects. As a Perkiomen Valley school board director I will draw on this experience to help manage issues and provide leadership and direction for the district.”

If elected, Weston wrote that his priority will be to “improve transparency of school board decision making.

The remaining candidates did not respond to Digital First Media’s questionnaire.