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  • Writer's pictureRachel Langan

School Board 101

Here are some fast facts about school boards in Pennsylvania.

  • School board elections take place every other year in Pennsylvania, so the next election will take place in 2023.

  • The phrase “school board member” and “school director” are used interchangeably.

  • School board candidates may cross-file in Pennsylvania. This means that most candidates will run on both the Democratic and Republican ticket. (The school board is, in theory, non-partisan, therefore candidates are permitted to run on both party platforms.)

  • The school board oversees the governance of the school district and the superintendent reports directly to the school board.

The WCASD school board is comprised of nine members, each elected from one of three different regions.

  • Region 1: Borough of West Chester, parts of West Goshen Township

  • Region 2: East Goshen Township, West Whiteland Township

  • Region 3: East Bradford Township, Thornbury Townships (Thornbury spans both Chester and Delaware Counties), Westtown Township, parts of West Goshen Township

  • If you’re not sure of the region in which you reside, check this map.

School board members are elected to four year terms, and each region will have one or two vacancies during each election cycle.

  • In 2023, there will be five school board seats up for election:

  • Two seats in Region 1

  • Two seats in Region 2

  • One seat in Region 3

The current school board members who are up for reelection:

  • Region 1: Sue Tiernan (currently serving her 3rd term*)

  • Region 1: Kate Shaw (currently serving her 2nd term)

  • Region 2: Karen Herrmann (currently serving her 2nd term)

  • Region 2: Daryl Durnell (currently serving 1st term)

  • Region 3 Gary Bevilacqua (currently serving his 3rd term)

*According to school board documents obtainable online. She may have served additional terms pre-internet.

Back to Basics believes that it is time for fresh faces to serve on our board and we are prepared to endorse** and financially support five candidates for each of the five available seats. If you’re considering a run for school board, or if you know of someone who you'd like to see run for the board, send us an email to let us know!

**Back to Basics is run by parents and taxpayers. We are not endorsed by any political party.

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