The Central York school board interviewed five candidates Monday to fill the vacant board seat left when member Anne Kahlbaugh resigned in April.

The board asked each candidate six questions about their experience with the school district, how their qualifications could benefit the board and any challenges they see ahead for Central, among others.

Brenda Bowersox, 46, of Glen Hollow Drive, said her experience as a vocational counselor would help her balance the needs of all students as a board member.

Bowersox has two children in the district. Bowersox said she believes the Keystone tests and other standards expected of students will be a continuing challenge for teachers and students. She said her goal would be to have more students move toward being proficient, regardless of initial abilities.

Amy Carr, 40, of Pleasant View Drive, works in business development at Ettline Foods. Carr said effective board members should look at each issue holistically, instead of focusing on one part of the problem, such as taxes. Carr has one daughter in the district right now.

Jeff Kissling, 59, of Trout Run Road, who retired recently from the technology and globalization field, said he felt it was now time to give back to his community. Kissling's two children are alumni of the district.

Kissling said his experience with technology could help the district determine how best to use new systems and teach students to be prepared for the technology that drives most businesses today.


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He added he doesn't know the details of the district's budget but believes every system can be made more efficient.

Karl Peckmann, 50, of Riding Silks Lane, ran for the board in the primary election last year, but the seat was taken by Kahlbaugh.

Peckmann was previously on the board for eight years and said he believes the greatest challenges to the board are external spending requirements from the state and federal government.

Peckmann, a workers' compensation judge, is married to a teacher in the district. He said that isn't a conflict and can provide another dimension to decisions the board makes that affect students and staff. He has two children in the district.

Gregg Young, 43, of Stonewood Road, said he doesn't have a specific agenda or goal during his possible time on the board but looks forward to being a part of the process.

Young, an information technology manager at Dentsply, said he was "blown away" by the ways technology is integrated in his two children's elementary school classes, and hopes to continue to that trend.

Young said he would seek ways to allow advanced students to continue to be challenged in the classroom.

Board president Michael Wagner said the board will appoint one of the five members by majority vote at its Monday, June 9, meeting, and the person will be sworn in Monday, June 16.

— Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.