Frerichs honored for 16 years of service on school board

Sixteen years and counting — that’s how long Richard Frerichs has been serving on the Penn Manor school board. His fellow board members honored Frerichs Monday with a certificate of appreciation from the Pennsylvania School Boards Association.

Frerichs, who served three years as Penn Manor board president, has long been involved in public education. He worked for 36 years at Millersville University, retiring in 2004 as chair of the Department of Educational Foundations. He was recently appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett to serve on the MU Council of Trustees and also serves as board president-elect of the Pennsylvania School Boards Association. His term as president begins next year.

Frerichs has two daughters, Melissa and Kim, who graduated from Penn Manor schools. Melissa is the school district’s Supervisor of English/Language Arts, and Kim is a financial analyst in Wilmington, Del.

In honoring Frerichs and other longtime board members, PSBA president Marcela Diaz Myers praised them for their nonpaid volunteer service. “They exemplify leadership and dedication, giving unselfishly to their communities, students and the public schools,” she said.

In the photo, Richard, center, receives a commendation from, left, Penn Manor superintendent Mike Leichliter and school board president Kenneth Long.

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