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An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
 Benjamin Franklin

Welcome to the Better Direction for West Chester website. If you are a resident of the West Chester Area School District and want to become involved in the future of your community, please know that Better Direction shares a common belief in a free and equal opportunity to a great education.  Our success relies on our passion for, participation in, and support of public education.  Better Direction wants to ensure that we have excellent public schools, protect the property value of our homes and help maintain the excellence of our community.  Five school board positions are up for election this year.  West Chester Area School District is hosting an information session for community members interested in running for school board at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 22 at the Spellman Administration Building.  Plan on attending this information session to see what you can do to support your community and keep WCASD continually moving in a Better Direction. 

See the detailed information regarding WCASD School Board 101 below. 

WCASD Board of Directors

The West Chester Area School District (WCASD) will host an information session on Thursday, January 22 for community members interested in running for the School Board in the May 2015 primary election.


“School Board 101” will begin at 7 p.m. in the Spellman Administration Building and will feature discussions on board member candidacy, roles and responsibilities, ballot and election process, and more. Speakers will include Jim Scanlon, Superintendent of the WCASD; Janet McNally, Director of Education and Training at the Pennsylvania School Boards Association; and Jim Forsythe, Director of Chester County Voter Services. There will be time at the end of the program for attendees to ask questions.


Community members interested in attending “School Board 101” must submit their RSVP to Linda Wesley via phone: 484-266-1018 or email: by Wednesday, January 21.


The WCASD School Board is comprised of nine directors who serve four-year terms. In October, the Chester County Court approved the WCASD’s proposed change in the election process for filling Board seats, which created three voter regions instead of the ‘at large’ system originally in place. Elections are held every odd-numbered year, with four to five directors generally elected at any one time. For the May, 2015 primary there will be five school board seats up for election. Each region will have the following number of positions available:

    • Region 1 – 2 vacant seats
    • Region 2 – 2 vacant seats
    • Region 3 – 1 vacant seat

To locate the municipalities located in each region, click here.


To be eligible to serve on the Board, a candidate must be at least 18 years of age prior to appointment; a resident of the school district for at least one year prior to appointment; must not have an office or position which is incompatible with the office of school director; and be of good moral character and not otherwise ineligible to the office of school director.


The Spellman Administration Building is located at 829 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380.


For more information, please contact Ms. Tracey Dukert, Digital Communications Coordinator, West Chester Area School District at 484-266-1170 or tdukert@wcasd.

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