Kimberle Thomas cares about the students, the teachers and the Union City community.
Now, Thomas will have an opportunity to try to do what is in the best interests of those students, teachers and the Union City Area School District community.
The Union City Area School Board, during a special meeting held Monday, July 8, unanimously appointed Thomas to fill a vacant seat on the board.
The board members chose Thomas as the obvious candidate to fill the vacant seat because, during the May 21 municipal primary election, she launched a write-in campaign and garnered enough write-in votes to secure a spot on the ballot for school board in the Nov. 5 general election.
Thomas is a special education teacher at Cambridge Springs Elementary School in the Penncrest School District in Crawford County.
She has been in the field of education for 16 years.
“I wanted to be on school board so I could be an advocate for the kids, the teachers and the community,” Thomas said.
Thomas and her husband, Paul, live in Union Township. They are the parents of twin sons, Logan and Lucas, who will be seniors at Union City Area High School in the fall.
During the primary, voters saw four names on the ballot for five open seats. Those candidates, who cross-filed, are incumbents Dr. Barbara Miller, George Trauner, Brian Gregor and Blain Blakeslee. Thomas’ name will appear with their names in the Nov. 5 general election for a four-year term.
Thomas is an Independent. However, in the primary, her name will be cross-filed on the Democratic side and the Republican side.
Thomas is filling the seat vacated by David Fox, who did not seek re-election to the board. Fox then resigned from the board in June.
Thomas is expected to take a seat on the board in August after she is administered the oath of office by District Judge Denise Buell.
Voting to appoint Thomas to the board were Trauner, Miller, Blakeslee, Stephen Gilbert, Douglas Hopson, Lori Lewis and David Robinson. Gregor was absent from the meeting.