To the Editor:
Garrett Rhoads and his running mate Chris Donatelli are running for school board under the guise that they are pro-education, pro-student, pro-administration basically pro-everything. People in this community who care about education should be very concerned about this duo for the following reasons:
- Rhoads is a Julian Stolz Teammate In 2011 Rhoads ran on a 4 candidate slate with Julian Stolz who recently resigned from the East Penn School Board. Stolz resigned after he admitted to dating a 15 year old Emmaus High School girl while being a member of the board.
- Rhoads uses school property to run a campaign event In the spring primary Mr. Rhoads announced an electronics recycling event at Willow Lane Elementary School that would have the proceeds go to the district Angel Network. He and his fellow running mates turned the event into campaign event and handed out campaign literature on school property.
- Rhoads has been affiliated with misleading information about East Penn During the 2011 campaign a mailer was sent out in support of the Stolz/Rhoads team that falsely accused East Penn students of having falling SAT scores (The point value of the test was changed lowering overall points for all test takers). At a recent “Meet the Candidates Night” Mr. Rhoads had the opportunity to answer a question about this mailer but side stepped the matter completely. The 2011 mailer also attacked the success of our schools by indicating one school in corrective action and another under warning. The mailer failed to mention that both schools were given these labels due to a subcategory score for special education students.
- Rhoads joined Stolz and others to attack books At a school board meeting earlier this year Mr. Rhoads read a passage from a book that he believed to be pornographic. Several high school students were present. Mr. Rhoads and Julian Stolz both attacked particular books on the summer reading list in this public forum. East Penn has a procedure to challenge any book on the summer reading list. This procedure is available to any member of the community but Rhoads and Stolz used the school board meeting to raise the issue rather than following standard East Penn procedures.
Mr. Rhoads and Mr. Donatelli refer to themselves as the Reform Team or Team EPSD. But one label that is completely incorrect is pro-education. Their actions and associations have NOT demonstrated a pro-education position. If you want to vote pro-education vote Munson, Fuller, Earnshaw and Heid on November 5th. The East Penn School Board does not need another Julian Stolz!
John Boyle is a resident of Lower Macungie Township and a parent to former East Penn School District students.