Julian Stolz: ‘I Take my Marching Orders From no One’

East Penn School Director Julian Stolz takes a moment at the end of the Aug. 27 meeting of the East Penn Board of School Directors to set the record straight.

A rather contentious meeting of the on Monday night ended with a soliloquy by School Director Julian Stolz in which Stolz tried to set the record straight about the motivations behind his actions as a school board member.

Stolz answered Board President Charles Ballard’s final call for new business by expressing his desire to clear the air.

“I have a statement that I wanted to make,” Stolz said, adding that he had been prompted to speak, in part, by a comment made by Director Alan Earnshaw earlier in the meeting. Earnshaw alluded to Stolz’s “interest in seeking higher political office.”

Stolz said: “Mr. Earnshaw brought it up and I have seen in the public domain – – that I am simply a Republican Party hack, along with accusations that I take my marching orders from Mr. Otto Slozer.

“I take my marching orders from no one,” Stolz added.

Stolz, a graduate of , went on to say that he has been attending East Penn School Board meetings since he was 16.

“I base my votes on common sense and on an ideological conviction for less government and lower taxes,” he said. “I just wanted to put that statement out there in the public domain.

“The last couple of meetings I have gotten very emotional and I am always the one being attacked for being against the children. I try to be a representative of the public and remain true to my personal convictions.”

During the board’s Aug. 14 meeting, Stolz was very vocal about the and the how much he “cares about the safety and welfare of the children of East Penn.”

For more coverage of the Aug. 27 meeting of the East Penn School Board meeting, click on the links below:

taxed-enough August 30, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Thanks for all that you do Julain! We would be blessed to have more young adults in our community who are active in our local government! The fact that you are so honest about your conservative values while surrounded by a board of mostly progressives, means you were raised well. God bless!!!
breezy7 August 30, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I think that instead of buddying up with residents in the community you should direct your focus towards education because that is where we are really slacking.
Rob Hamill August 30, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Julian has a sharp focus on education, the other majority of the board has a sharp interest in the bureaucracy that protects the unions at the expense of taxpayers. He and Ms Donches rail against the extortion of the establishment which not only ruins taxpaying families, it deadens education much like the old Soviet Union used to deaden it's populace with communistic/anti free market rules. There are few people that stand by their free market principals........Thank you Julian!!!
for real August 30, 2012 at 08:21 PM
The very fact that you would need to take time out of a meeting to announce you are not taking marching orders from somebody leads people to believe that you probably are. Most elected officials do not waste time in a meeting responding to what is said on a blog. If you are acting independently and doing what you believe is correct for the community than you have no explanation to give.
sqwat tingdog August 30, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Correct. That person would be Joe Hilliard. Allentown guy. Conservative community organizer.
Eric August 31, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Claiming Stolz's "conservative principles" are beneficial for tax payers is completely naive and false. Anyone with any private sector business experience and/or financial sense, which Stolz lacks both (in addition to higher education), would understand what a poor value for-profit charter schools are for tax payers . Now let's be very clear--Stolz's actions are deeply rooted in an extreme ideology that does not revolve around the students' best interests.. He's probably telling the truth when he states that it's not so much Slozer pulling his strings.  It's more likely Joe Hilliard and a big fiancial contributor from outside the school district, Bob Guzziardi, who also are no friends to education.
thesilentmajority August 31, 2012 at 02:12 AM
If elected officials are acting independently and should have no explanation to give that must explain why Ballard & Earnshaw are often leaving comments & writing opinion pieces in this forum explaining/defending their decisions for this school district. “Most elected officials do not waste time in a meeting responding to what is said on a blog”. Really?? Then somebody needs to tell that to our East Penn board president who wanted answers to an article posted on the Leadership for Liberty website which he actually took the time out to read during the April 23 board meeting. It appears that Mr. Ballard did it first. It seems many of our board members spend a lot of time reading & responding to what is being said in these types of forums. http://www.eastpennsd.org/School%20Board/_boardminutes/2012/april232012.pdf
for real August 31, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Stolz decided to respond to criticism about himself on a blog and set the record straight which I think is not needed unless it's true. According to what I see from the website you posted Ballard was saying that a school board member was closely affiliated with an outside political organization and perhaps implying that he or she was under influence to act on belhal of that organization: Mr. Ballard then explained that he had come across an organization called Leadership for Liberty and it was his understanding that there is at least one school director associated with the group. He then proceeded to read an article entitled, “East Penn School District: We Just Guess!”.
Jack Palmer August 31, 2012 at 07:06 PM
You used Principals wrong!! (Principal is a leader or a head of something) A principle is a common truth or fundamental Law. This is main problem. Uneducated people speaking publicly about issues they have no idea about. Start by educating yourself before you attack others that are trying to educate the youth of America.
thesilentmajority August 31, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Both sides of this school board and their respective followers(and they all have them, including Ballard & Co.) are guilty of using blogs & other media sources to respond to criticism and defend their positions and dragging it into the board meetings. The example provided was only one of many that has happened in the boardroom in the past. There are no board members who are acting independently, they are all advocating on behalf of their respective followers/supporters. When all elected board members begin to act on behalf of everyone(not just those that voted for them but also those who didn't, it works both ways), only then can we believe they are acting independently.
atthebeach September 01, 2012 at 11:35 PM
I do not think that having a "higher education" should ever be an issue when judging someone. Going to college,or pursuing a "higher education" does not make a person better, or smarter. Only snobs think this way.
Bob Wendt November 16, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I want to profusely apologize to Mr, Otto Slozer for associating him with the Books Not Bricks Crowd. It was a total misunderstanding on my part in associating him with that group. Bob Wendt
Dan G January 31, 2013 at 06:58 PM
I think it's ridiculous that the district is so cheap they want young elementary school students to walk, especially after a child was hit at a crosswalk on will creek rd back in 2011. To save what $60,000??? 60 grand is worth risking a child's safety? Not to mention the inconvenience it will be to parents who have to drive their kids, did the district take in to account if it's pouring down rain, or bitter cold?? No I think not, they care to much about paying their custodial staff $25.00 an hour than worrying children's safety. What a disgrace....


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