Q&A with Robert Rafetto, Region 1
Updated: Jun 10
Q. Have you always lived in PA?
A. I am a Pennsylvanian through and through. I grew up on the Chesco edge of Delco . . . yes, I drink wooder! I believe that West Chester is the very best place to live in Chester County. We have great museums and gardens close by, and there plenty of rail trails and roads for bicycling. Our local history is rich and varied: we have historic inns from the 1700s, water wheels for powering industry, and we have Wawa too!
Q. Favorite restaurant in the Boro?
A. Each and every one! (Bob is a former restaurateur so he loves them all.)
Q. Favorite restaurant outside the Boro?
Q. What are the top three issues facing our schools in 2023?
A. The parents and teachers I have personally spoken with when campaigning have brought up a range of issues. A common thread I see is the disconnect between the board and administration that frustrates the teachers. We have top notch people working for our district in both the administration and in our teachers. The missing ingredient is focused leadership from the board in overseeing the district administration.
Q. Why should people elect Back to Basics candidates?
A. Our school board lacks the diversity that our students, parents, and taxpayers need. Not only does our board need to reflect the population of schools in racial, ethnic, and economic diversity, but we also need to see diversity of thought amongst board members: on the committees and in policy debates, because each board member has a special skill to contribute. Political leaders might focus on power but board leaders should focus on student achievement in addition to managing the business of the district. The board must also focus on supporting, facilitating, and holding the WCASD administration accountable. The Back to Basic slate of candidates restores the diversity and balance to the board.
Q. What sets you apart from the candidates you are running against?
A. I "will not hold the other candidates youth and inexperience against them". In the future they might be able/ready to lead our district, and I encourage them to continue learning and growing until then. Today we need action and leadership on the board. We need a board that works for the students, parents, and taxpayers. That need is fulfilled by the full slate of Back to Basic candidates.
You can vote for Robert Rafetto by mail or in person on May 16!