Candidate Selection 

PSBA members seeking election to office for the association were required to submit a nomination form no later than June 7, 2021, to be considered. All applications for nomination were reviewed by the 2021 Nominating Committee, and candidates who met eligibility requirements were interviewed on June 18th and 19th via Zoom. According to PSBA bylaws and Policy 303, the Nominating Committee may endorse slated candidates. Endorsed candidates are noted with an asterisk (*).

Voting Procedure

Each member entity will have one vote for each officer. This will require boards of the various school entities to come to a consensus on each candidate and cast their vote electronically during the open voting period (Aug. 20 – Oct. 16, 2021).

Voting will be accomplished through a secure third-party, web-based voting site that will require a password login. One person from each member entity will be authorized as the official person to register the vote on behalf of his or her entity. In the case of school districts, intermediate units, career, and technical centers, it will be the board secretary who will cast votes. In the case of community colleges, the president is designated as the authorized registrar.

Special note: Boards are strongly encouraged to add “discussion and voting on PSBA Officer candidates” to their agenda during one of their meetings in August, September, or October before the open voting period ends.

Slate of Candidates

President-Elect 

Sabrina Backer, Franklin Area School District

David Schaap, Brentwood Borough School District

Vice President 

Allison Mathis*, North Hills School District

East Zone Representative  

Edward Brown*, Upper Darby School District

Section 7 Advisor

Justin Warren*, Central Dauphin School District

*Any slated candidate that demonstrates exceptional leadership at the local and state level shall be considered for “endorsement” by the Nominating Committee and the determination shall be noted on the slate of candidates. (PSBA Bylaws, Section 300 – Policy 303)

PSBA Insurance Trust Trustees

Member entities also are asked to vote for open trustee positions on the PSBA Insurance Trust board. There are currently three seats open and three candidates. A member school entity can vote for up to three individuals. PSBA Insurance Trust provides complimentary travel/accident insurance to all school directors from member school entities while on official school board business. As such, all member entities are considered participants in PSBA Insurance Trust programs and are eligible to vote.

Trustee (term ends Dec. 31, 2024)
Choose up to three candidates for a 3-year term. 

  • Richard Frerichs
  • William LaCoff
  • Nathan Mains

School Board Secretaries Forum 
*School Board Secretary vote only* 

Forum Steering Committee (term ends Dec. 31, 2023)
Choose up to three incumbents for a 2-year term 

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