Q&A with Peggy Schmitt, Region 2
Q. Have you always lived in PA?
A. I was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. I moved to Chester County, specifically East Goshen Township, 22 years ago.
Q. Where is your favorite vacation destination, and where is some place that you've always wanted to visit?
A. Jamaica is my happy place. I also get really happy in Clearwater Beach, Florida and Ocean City, New Jersey. I've always wanted to visit Iceland and the Galapagos Islands.
Q. Favorite restaurant in the Boro?
Q. Favorite restaurant outside the Boro?
Q. What are the top issues facing our schools in 2023?
A. Academic decline, curriculum concerns, implementing a disciplinary policy, and the need for students and teachers to feel safe when at school.
Q. Why should people elect Back to Basics candidates?
A. Back to Basics candidates will fight hard to improve academic excellence, ensure parents have more say in what happens in their children's education, demand transparency during school board discussions, demand fiscal accountability, and remove politics from the classrooms.
Q. Tell us about the moment you decided to run for school board? What were the reasons that held you back from making the decision and what was the reason you finally decided to run?
A. COVID opened the eyes of so many parents including my own….remote learning was a disaster and led to widespread depression and mental health issues with the kids. It was then that I knew I had to step up and help. I’m a busy dentist with two active teenage daughters. However, I knew I could find extra time in my schedule to run for the board in hopes of having some sort of say in finding solutions.
Q. What sets you apart from the candidates you are running against?
A. Incumbent candidates running again for school board voted to close schools during COVID which proved disastrous on many levels for the kids. I will ensure that never happens again! I will make certain parents have a voice and will ask the tough questions not being asked by members of the current school board.
You can vote for Peggy by mail or in person on May 16!