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N. Lehigh school board reorganizes for 2022

While it’s not officially known who all won seats, there will be a change atop the leadership of Northern Lehigh School Board next year.

On a 4-1 vote, the school board at its reorganization meeting on Monday appointed Director Mathias Green as board president.

Directors Robert Kern, Gale Husack, Robin Distler and Green voted in favor. Director Donna Kulp was opposed.

Before Green was selected, a nomination was made by Kulp to have Distler serve as board president.

That motion, however, was defeated by a 3-2 vote, with Green, Kern and Husack opposed. Kulp and Distler were in favor.

Afterward, the board on a 5-0 vote reappointed Distler as board vice president.

Absent from the meeting were Directors Gary Fedorcha, Robert Keegan Jr. and Michelle Heckman, all of whom sought re-election during last month’s general election.

Based on the voting during last month’s general election, Fedorcha, Keegan and Heckman appeared to have retained their seats on the board.

However, there were over 3,000 write-in votes turned in for several other candidates.

There are four openings.

In Lehigh County, Heckman was the top vote-getter with 1,127 votes, followed by both Fedorcha and Keegan Jr., who finished with 1,026 votes.

Heckman was also the top vote-getter in Northampton County with 238 votes, followed by Fedorcha with 218 and Keegan at 202.

Write-in votes included 2,836 in Lehigh County, and 233 in Northampton County.

Those who campaigned and received write-in votes were residents Justin Jachowicz, Chad Christman, Angela Williams and Eric King.

Tim Benyo, chief clerk of the Lehigh County Election Board, said last month the decision by the election board was appealed to Common Pleas Court.

Contacted Monday morning, Benyo said the Common Pleas case was appealed to the Commonwealth Court, which will be heard in briefs on Wednesday.

At that point, he said it will then probably be appealed to the Supreme Court.

“I was told all cases should be settled before Christmas,” Benyo said. “That’s what I was told.”

Northern Lehigh School Board held its reorganization meeting on Monday. Directors in attendance include from left, Robert Kern, board President Mathias Green, Gale Husack, Donna Kulp, and board Vice President Robin Distler. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO