Avon Grove Taxpayers for Responsible Spending

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        Citizens, Parents, and Schools working together to bring Avon Grove into the 21st Century!

Election Day is Tuesday November 5th
On Tuesday, November 5th you will have the opportunity to vote for Avon Grove School Board Director.   Five of the nine school board directors are up for re-election.  All candidates running for school board support the building of a new high school.  The difference seems to be how much they are willing to spend on the new high school especially when the cost of the current high school to middle school conversion is unknown.

The candidates are described below:
REGION I (London Britain and Franklin Townships)

  • Charles Beatty (incumbent board member) – Conservative candidate who has voted for the new high school but against maximum tax increases, maximum funding for school projects ($127 million principal/>$200 million with interest), the parameters resolution ($139 million principal/>$250 million with interest), and the interest rate swap.
  •  Dorothy Linn (challenger) – Former Superintendent of one of the lowest performing school districts in Delaware.  Fully supportive of the maximum tax and spend behavior of incumbents in Regions II and III.  


Region II (Penn, New London, West Grove Boro #1)

  • Jeff Billig & Tracy Lisi (incumbent board members) – Fully support the vision established by Superintendent Marchese.  They have consistently voted for the maximum school tax increases as recommended by the school administration as well as voted to borrow the maximum amount for the facilities projects.  They supported the interest rate swap which could cost taxpayers $3.8 million if interest rates stay the same and even more if interest rates go lower. 
  • Mark Stewart (challenger) – Supports the building of a new high school but believes the cost of the current High School to Middle school conversion should be established before agreeing how much to spend on the new high school.  Believes the focus of school resources should be on the teachers so that they can be successful in their interactions with the students. 


REGION III (London Grove, Avondale, West Grove Boro #2)

  • Herman Engel & Bonnie Wolff (incumbent board members) – Fully support the vision established by Superintendent Marchese.  They have consistently voted for the maximum school tax increases as recommended by the school administration as well as voted to borrow the maximum amount for the facilities projects.  They supported the interest rate swap which could cost taxpayers millions if interest rates stay the same or go lower.
  • Christine Fanning (challenger) – Supports building a new high school but at a cost the community can afford. She wants the school board to prioritize its spending with a greater focus on providing the teachers the resources they need to be successful.