School Board Directors

Dr. Richard L. Frerichs
Term Expires: 12/2017 – Years on Board: 18
Age: 73
Occupation: Retired educator

Reason for Serving:  As the father of two daughters who are graduates of the Penn Manor school district, I believe that providing a quality public education to all students in the Penn Manor district is a responsibility that should be shared by all of its citizens.  As a retired educator and life-long learner, I am committed to maintaining the balance between the financial limitations of our taxpayers and the academic capacity of our students.  Being a member of the school board enables me to fulfill this commitment and take an active role in accepting this responsibility.

Mrs. Johnna M. Friedman
Term Expires: 12/2017 – Years on Board: 12
Age: 54
Occupation: Business owner

Reason for Serving: I have always been very involved with the PMSD through parent support groups (ie: PTO, CAP, special committees) and feel that involvement in public education is important to its success.  I consider it a privilege to represent my constituents in working to provide the best education for all of our students, at the same time being fiscally responsible to the taxpayers.

Joseph Fullerton
Term Expires: 12/2019 – Years on Board: 2
Age: 40
Occupation: Principal at Bucks County Technical High School.

Reason for Serving:  I have a strong desire to give back to the community in which I live.  I made a conscious decision to live in the Penn Manor School District because of the innovative program offerings for all students.  I feel my experience in education as well as in civic endeavors have prepared me to be an asset to this board, the students and the community that we serve.

Mr. J. Kenneth Long – President
Term Expires: 12/2019 – Years on Board:  8
Age: 59
Occupation: Financial consultant

Reason for Serving: I was always very active in PMSD when my two adult children were going through the district.  It was during those times that I realized what went in to making Penn Manor a very good  school district.  I see my service as an opportunity to give back to a school district that prepared my children to take the next step in their education.  My goal on the board is to move Penn Manor from a very good district to a great district while being good stewards of the taxpayer’s money.

Jeffrey Lyon
Term Expires: 12/2019 – New member
Age: 75
Occupation: Retired educator

Having been a teacher for 37 years, I have a deep concern for students and how they learn.  I see a need to provide the best learning environment  at a responsible cost.  I admire the teachers and programs at Penn Manor and will continue to encourage and seek improvement.  Being retired and on a fixed income, I wish to see fiscal responsibility with our tax dollars, along with continued excellence in the quality of education.  Having grandchildren in Penn Manor, I am interested in all aspects of their education.

Mr. David Paitsel 
Term Expires: 12/2017 – Years on Board: 2
Occupation: Senior customer sales & service representative, Alcoa North American Rolled Products

Reason for Serving:  Penn Manor School District has an excellent board that prioritizes quality education for students and accountability to parents and taxpayers.  As a father with a daughter in the district, I hope to maintain the strength of our school system so students continue to receive a quality education that focuses on the skills and knowledge they need to be successful later in life.

Mr. Carlton L. Rintz – Vice President
Term Expires: 12/2019 – Years on Board:  12
Age: 55
Occupation: Business owner

Reason for Serving: I have a passion for youth and the ever-increasing value of a quality education. I am a firm advocate of the public education system and the benefits it provides to our children and our community. It is my hope that by serving on Penn Manor School Board, I can utilize my skills and abilities in effort to continue to better the overall education experience for our children, while at the same time being fiscally responsible to those that elected me to serve in this capacity. I also feel a responsibility to serve and give back to the community in which I reside.

Mr. Christopher C. Straub
Term Expires: 12/2017 – Years on Board:  6
Age: 59
Occupation: Attorney/partner with Pyfer, Straub, Gray & Farhat, P.C.

Reason for Serving: I desire to provide service to the school district in which my children have been so well-educated.

Ms. Donna Wert
Term Expires: 12/2019 – Years on Board:  17
Age: 64
Occupation: Retired teacher

Reason for Serving: During my tenure on the board, I have had the pleasure of seeing Penn Manor attain accomplishments in both academic and co-curricular arenas of which the entire community can be proud. These include not only state but national and international competitions and awards. I have the privilege of forwarding these accomplishments to my three adult children who continue to be proud of their alma mater.  I will remain diligent in helping to steer the district in a direction that works to produce graduates, regardless of their areas of interest, who are well-prepared to be contributing members of a rapidly changing workforce, with integrity and a solid work ethic.

Student Representatives
Victoria Martin and Jeff Taylor

Board Secretary
Mrs. Cindy Rhoades

Board Treasurer
Mr. Christopher Johnston

Listing of Board Commitments and Assignments

Current School Board – Members of the board are (front row, from left) Johnna Friedman, J. Kenneth Long, Carlton Rintz, Donna Wert, (back row, from left) Joseph Fullerton, David Paitsel, Richard Frerichs, Jeffrey Lyon and Christopher Straub.

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