School board member honored for service

In Pennsylvania, 47 percent of school board members have served for four years or less.

So, when someone surpasses that first-term, four-year, mark, it’s worth recognizing.

The Pennsylvania School Board Association agrees.

Tom Knapp, a Region III representative on the Warren County School District’s board of directors, was recognized to the “PSBA Honor Roll of School Board Service” during the board’s Monday night meeting.

“It’s been a trip, but the trip isn’t over, I hope,” Knapp said of his service during the meeting, noting that he is up for election next month.

Board President Arthur Stewart said that eight years of service exceeds the state average and that it is “so important to have that consistency.” Stewart praised Knapp as a “rock of ethical behavior.”

Board member Mike Zamborik, currently in his first term, said that Knapp was his mentor when he first ran for the board and “can attest and echo” Stewart’s remarks.

According to Steve Robinson, director of publications for PSBA, “the Honor Roll of School Board Service is based on years of service. We start recognizing individuals at eight years and then recognize in four-year increments.”

PSBA completes a School Director Profile every five years and in 2010 nearly half of school board members in the state had been in their post for four years or less. Thirty-one percent had served between five and 10 years, 18 percent between 11 and 20 years and 4 percent for 21 years or more.