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Press photo by Mark KirlinEdward Andres takes his seat on the board after being chosen with of vote of 5-2 in his favor. Press photo by Mark KirlinEdward Andres takes his seat on the board after being chosen with of vote of 5-2 in his favor.

Andres replaces Leewright on board

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 by Mark Kirlin Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

The Saucon Valley School Board accepted the resignation of Linda Leewright during its Jan. 22 meeting. Board President Susan Baxter made the announcement “with regret.” Leewright was not present during the meeting and a reason for the resignation was not given. Leewright has been on the board since December 2015.

The board quickly moved to elect a replacement. Four individuals who have children in the school district submitted their resumes. The board ultimately named attorney Edward Andres to the board with a final vote of 5-2. The two no votes came from board members Sandra Miller and Mark Sivak. They supported another candidate, Robert Phillips, who often attends school board meetings.

Prior to the vote, Andres said to the board, “I’m interested in this position because I believe that I am able to achieve the goal of having an exceptional school for our kids as well as balancing the needs of the taxpayer.”

Currently Andres has three children in the school district.

“I can empathize with all parents here that want a quality education for our kids,” he said. “I believe that is for all the children, so whatever level you are, whatever grade you are, whether it’s the strongest students or the ones that have the challenges, every child needs to be challenged at their level and needs to grow.”

Board member Bryan Eichfeld voiced his support for Andres.

“My perception is really only one of the candidates have spoken of the taxpayer; that’s the person I’m going to support at this point in time, because they all have very good backgrounds, but Edward really seemed to have the balance in his mind.”

Board member Cedric Detmar spoke of the candidates thanking them for their interest in volunteering. He noted any one of them would do a great job on the board and he encouraged the remaining three to consider running for the positions that are going to be on the ballot in the fall, beginning with the primaries in May.