Lonny Tim Eastman ran for a seat on the Corry Area School Board four years ago because he wasn’t pleased with the school district.
“I wasn’t satisfied with the direction the Corry school district was going in,” Eastman said. “It was either shut up or get involved.”
After being elected by voters in the district, which covers parts of Erie, Crawford and Warren counties, Eastman now believes the district is back on course.
“In my first term on the board, we made some significant changes, cutting costs while offering the best educational possibilities to all school district students,” Eastman said. “We did this all while holding the line on taxes and reducing taxes the last two years.”
Eastman hopes to continue what he believes is a positive trend.
Eastman is running for his second four-year term on the nine-member board that oversees school district operations. A registered Democrat who is cross-filing, Eastman’s name will appear on the ballot in the May 19 municipal primary.
Voters in the Corry Area School District must choose six school board members. The board has openings for five four-year terms and one two-year term.
Besides Eastman, incumbents who are now completing their four-year term are Republicans Linda Hajec, Mike Baker and Steven Drake and Democrats Doris Gernovich and Lonny Eastman. Delbert Liller II now is completing a two-year term.
To retain his seat, Eastman must win the primary and the Nov. 3 general election.
Eastman, a 1972 graduate of Corry Area High School, has been self-employed for 35 years. He is a lifelong resident of Corry.
Eastman said he believes the consolidation of schools in the district is making it possible for students to receive a better education.
All prekindergarten through second-grade students now attend Corry Area Primary School, and all third- through fifth-graders study under one roof at Corry Area Intermediate School. Sixth-graders are now attending Corry Area Middle-High School.
“I’d like to see what they are doing in the primary and intermediate schools continue in the high school,” Eastman said. “Consolidating kids in one building has made a tremendous difference.”
Eastman looks forward to seeing if consolidation helps improve test scores in the coming years.
“I’d like to stay long enough on the board to see the results of what we’ve done in our schools,” he said.
Eastman and his wife, Cathy, recently celebrated their 40th anniversary. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.
“I would appreciate your vote again on Election Day, providing me the opportunity to serve all Corry school district taxpayers,” he said.