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Newcomer top Vote-Getter in East Penn School Board Race

Three incumbents, two newcomers win seats on East Penn School Board, according to unofficial vote counts.

Incumbents , and all won their bids for re-election to the East Penn School Board according to unofficial tallies from last night’s general election.

New kids on the block and won the remaining two of the five seats in contention yesterday. Bacher was the top vote getter in the seven-candidate field, based on the unofficial numbers posted on the Lehigh County election results Web site.

Prior to the May primary election Bacher told Patch that “the struggle to provide high quality schools without placing undo burden on taxpayers is the biggest current challenge facing education and school boards.”

As a parent of a middle school student with a mother-in-law on a fixed income living in , Bacher said he has a first-hand understanding of task in front of school board members.

According to unofficial tallies, the vote totals are as follows:

Bacher, 6718;

Ballard, 6645;

Rhodes, 6316;

Donches, 5108;

Stolz, 4648.

Ron Beitler November 09, 2011 at 05:33 PM
Congrats to Ken Bacher!
Kevin R. November 09, 2011 at 05:42 PM
I know that he indicated in a candidate's night forum that he would vote in favor of webcasting the school board meetings like some other schools do. This would give much more access to the scool board meetings for those who can't pysically attend a meeting. I supported Bacher since he was in favor of webcasting. Looking forward to him bringing some positive changes to the school board, and not just voting with the pack! Go Bacher!
Rob Hamill November 09, 2011 at 06:35 PM
I enjoyed hearing Mr Bacher talk about excessive pensions at a candidates night. Congratulations Ken and good luck.
careless fills November 09, 2011 at 07:59 PM
I believe that this is actually a Stolz proposal that was rejected (and ridiculed) by other memebrs of the East Penn Board of School Directors nearly three years ago. If what Kevin says is true, perhaps Mr. Backer can get more members onboard, if he is truely serious about it!.
careless fills November 09, 2011 at 08:41 PM
What did he say? And what will he do about it?
Rob Hamill November 09, 2011 at 08:48 PM
The question was about personel costs, and Ken said that he thought the teacher pension plan was excessive considering the salaries and other benefits. This was when I thought that he might be an OK school director, even though he was running on the ballard(let them go on welfare) and Rhodes(tax increases are natural and inevitable every year) union ticket.
John Belin November 09, 2011 at 11:39 PM
all the wrong people were elected to school board this is the last year i be moving to parkland school district in 2012 a better school district !!
Jim Kahle November 10, 2011 at 12:31 AM
John Belin: Bu-bye! Hopefully Parkland has an adult education program that you can take where you will learn punctuation and grammar.
Reality Check November 10, 2011 at 12:59 AM
Thanks for the laugh!! I'm sure Parkland has NO problems. Have you seen their high school?????

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