Alan Earnshaw Announces Run for East Penn School Board

Alan Earnshaw, vice president of the East Penn Board of School Directors, announced recently that he will seek a fourth term on the board.

East Penn School Board Vice President Alan Earnshaw recently announced that he will seek a fourth term on the East Penn Board of School Directors.

Earnshaw has been a East Penn School Board member since 2001, having been reelected in 2005 and 2009. He served as president of the board for two years and has been vice president for more than five years.

Earnshaw has respresented East Penn on the Joint Operating Committee of the Lehigh Career & Technical Institute (LCTI) since December 2007, serving as the vice chair for two years and the chair since December 2011.

Currently in his 12th year on the board, Earnshaw was first elected when his oldest daughter was in first grade. Now she is a senior at Emmaus High School and plans to enter college in the fall.

“East Penn has given my daughter an outstanding education and she is well prepared for college,” Earnshaw said in a prepared statement. “My goal is to prepare all East Penn students for their future, whether they plan to attend college, pursue further vocational training, enter the work force or join the military.”

optimist February 25, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Hammill not long ago you said it was the official position of teacher unions to elimate bussing in PA, and in the 90's you said the population in Lower mac would not grow therefore the district should refrain from school construction. So how believeable are you? Somebody named Emmaus Mom asked you for evidence on the bussing comment and we are all still waiting for that transporation study Hamill. Or will that be Soaring Eagle again if you decide to run for another elected office? Thanks for the laughs. Let me guess, you are going to say I'm a union guy payed to post comments on a blog right?
Alan Earnshaw February 26, 2013 at 08:21 AM
Mr. Landi, Unfortunately, that's not the case. Here's some information on the PSERS web site that explains eligibility for participation in the pension program: http://www.psers.state.pa.us/NewtoPSERS/qualifying.htm. It is voluntary for new employees, but we cannot negotiate away their right to participate. There is a PA Supreme Court decision that says you cannot reduce the pension benefits of current employees; perhaps that was what you were remembering. Unless that decision is overturned, pension reform will, therefore, need to start with new employees, not existing employees.
Matthew Mull February 27, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Mr. Earnshaw - can you let me know your stance on continuing busing to the Willow Lane school?
Emmaus Mom February 27, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Thank You optimist for remembering my request. It has been a while and I forgot about it:) Yes, Mr. Hamill, please back up your comments. I'm waiting for credible information regarding your claims.
Alan Earnshaw March 01, 2013 at 05:44 AM
Mr. Mull, I do not support having different standards for different schools. The standards we apply in Emmaus and Alburtis should also apply in Lower Macungie Township; the number of students affected is irrelevant. Those criteria include distance to school, presence or absence of sidewalks, PennDOT-designated dangerous roadways, and railroad crossings. I am open to considering changing the distance limits for walkers. Some have suggested 0.75 miles instead of 1.5 miles, and I look forward to discussing this in more detail in a future board meeting, including the budgetary implications for these changes. Please note that I would only support a change that would apply to all district students, not just for the students at one school. There are some enabling safety improvements that need to be made before we increase walking at Willow Lane. Those include on-site improvements and procedure changes, school zone speed limits and signage, crossing guards, and possibly sidewalk upgrades. The district and the township will work together on these issues, and until they are complete, I will not support a switch away from busing. The Superintendent made it clear on Monday that this is also his position and always has been, as shown by the continued busing service provided to students at Willow Lane.


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