Does the School District Represent You?

Should the board switch how it elects its members?

The West Chester Area School District offices (credit: Patch.com).
The West Chester Area School District offices (credit: Patch.com).

Should the West Chester Area School District do more to represent all of its townships’ children?

During the public comment portion of Monday night’s school board reorganization meeting, East Bradford resident Steve Sobek suggested that an election reform needed to take place if the school board wants to make sure “everyone gets fair representation.”

He suggested that the board move from a general election format to a regional or township-specific format, in which each municipality or township group would get to elect its own specific board member, similar to what West Chester borough does with its council election.

“All the districts around us, [including] Great Valley, Downingtown … and Tredyffrin-Easttown have geographical elections,” he said.

The West Chester Area School District serves eight townships in the West Chester area. Currently, according to information on the board’s website, board members live in West Whiteland, West Chester Borough, East Goshen, and Glen Mills.

I don’t have a child in the WCASD, so I personally never considered the general election in town to be a problem. I put it to you: do you think the WCASD should change its election to a regional selection as opposed to a general election? Do you feel your town is represented on the board?

Tell me what you think in the comments (and please, be good to each other down there).


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