About Our Candidates

The Kutztown Area School District Children First PAC has four supported candidates running for election to the school board in the fall.  These candidates are listed below:

Be sure to have your voice heard.  Get out and vote on November 2, 2021.

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Jason Koch

Region 3: Townships of Albany, Greenwich, Borough of Lenhartsville

With three young children going through the district, I am seeking the opportunity to join the school board and be a strong voice in the education they are receiving. With beliefs based in Christian, conservative ideals, I do not support some of the policies recently passed by our school board. KASD needs policy and curriculum that strives for academic excellence and equal opportunity for all students. There is no place for divisive ideologies such as ongoing systemic racism and equity-based outcome in our school. These socially based agendas are taking the focus away from the critical areas like reading, writing and math that will shape our children’s future success.

EDUCATION

Juniata College

Kutztown Area High School

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

After many years in the insurance industry, now operates all aspects of family owned business with locations in Hamburg & Kutztown.

 

SKILLS
  • Self-motivated learner with strong leadership skills

  • Substantial experience in policy review and negotiations

  • Ability to translate complex information into simple concepts.

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Erin Engel

Region 2: Maxatawny Township

As a member of the KASD community, your voice needs to be heard. I will be here to listen. Each child who walks through the doors of one of our fine schools is an investment in the future, an investment you are a part of, be you a parent, caregiver, or tax-paying citizen.

 

As a stay-at-home mom to two children in the district, I am, and always will be, an advocate for parental rights. The years 2020 and 2021 have been decidedly difficult for many. As we watch many of our rights being systematically eroded, I will fight to prevent governmental overreach in our institutions. Regarding the safety and health of our children and students, parents - as well as the students, themselves - need to be heard and respected. Masks and “vaccines” remaining optional is fundamental to avoiding division in the schools.

 

We need to get back to teaching the basics. Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic are the roots from which everything else grows. We need to be sure our children are learning History so they can learn from previous mistakes, value where we have been and what we have gone through, and have an appreciation for those who have come before us.

 

Hi. My name is Erin Engel. My family and I have lived in the district for the past 17 years. My husband and I chose Kutztown for its small town feel, and for the reputation and small class sizes of the school district. Having grown up in center-city Allentown, as a student at William Allen High School, these were two things I did not experience. Recently we sold our home on Main Street in Kutztown, and when deciding where we were going to move, we didn’t even consider moving out of the district because we value the connections we have made in the community, both in and out of the school. As a new resident of Maxatawny, I look forward to serving and representing our community as its newest School Director.

 
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Steve Morris

Region 1: Borough of Kutztown

I’m the father of 2 children in the Kutztown Area School District.  My wife and I decided to move back to Kutztown after the birth of my son 17 years ago and we live in the borough.  We thought it was a great place to raise a family. I attended Kutztown University and graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. For the past 21 years, I have been a counselor at the Berks County Jail System.  We enjoy living here in Kutztown and feel we made the right decision to move here. 

I decided to run for school director because recent events were brought to my attention. Our school board voted on a policy that I believe is morally and ethically wrong.  Our school board decided we needed an Equity team and enacted policy 832.  They did so without even understanding what the term “equity’ means.  Some of them still don’t understand. Information is provided on this website.  I believe that our district should focus on education. These ideals and policies will do nothing but further divide and confuse our children. All of our history should be taught, however, how it is taught is equally important.   I feel the school district is falling short of this goal and more can be accomplished.

 

Many of the board members have been serving for years and sometimes a new perspective is needed. I promise you that I will never vote on something so important without doing my research.  I have ideas that I would like to pursue for the sake of our children and their education.  I would appreciate the opportunity by being elected School Director in the borough of Kutztown.  I will always be willing to listen to new ideas and discuss an issue with members of the community.

 

Jeremiah Light

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Write-In for Region 3: Townships of Albany, Greenwich, Borough of Lenhartsville

 I have been a native of Berks county for 45 years and have resided, with my wife, in Greenwich Township since 2005. Our two children, ages 8 and 13, attend Kutztown Area School District.  I have been involved in the construction industry for over 25 years.  Currently, I am employed as a working project manager for a local construction firm. My work experience will help me investigate and solve any problems or issues that may arise in the district while attempting to bring people together.  Making the future better for our children is one of the main reasons that I am truly vested in this community.
   I am running for KASD school board for the following reasons.  It is the school board’s responsibility to not only listen to and work with the school administration, but also the parents, business owners, and residents of the district.  The first priority of the board is to provide the children with the best education possible in a great atmosphere for learning.  The second priority is working with everyone involved in the district.  There must be an understanding that while everyone may not agree at all times, respect and honesty towards all involved must play a part of a board member’s philosophy.  I also believe that the board needs to be transparent and accountable with it’s actions. Politics do not belong in the classroom.  Accountability needs to be restored in our district.
  Thank you in advance for voting for me for KASD school board.  I look forward to collaborating with our constituents! Please remember that I am a write-in candidate.

 

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