Karl Dotterweich
Eric R. Pierce

Candidates for Dallastown School Board

Region 3 -- Springfield, Jacobus, Loganville

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The election on May 16th will decide TWO of the THREE Directors for DASD Region 3.   (The board consists of 9 directors from three regions.)

The incumbent is a nice fellow who has served on the board for years. However, under his watch, the board has passed multiple PROPERTY TAX INCREASES; a direct consequence of the board's IRRESPONSIBLE SPENDING

Dallastown School District TAXPAYERS need FIVE FISCAL CONSERVATIVES on the Board to prevent future TAX INCREASES.

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Last Day to Register to Vote:  May 1st 2023 for PRIMARY

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Eric R. Pierce

1988-1992 BS Astronautical Engineering/Russian Language United States Air Force Academy -- 1992-1993 Undergraduate Pilot Training, Lubbock AFB, TX -- 1993-1998 Air Refueling Tanker Pilot, Fairchild AFB, WA -- 1998-2002 Special Operations Instructor Pilot, Robbins AFB, GA -- 2002-2004 Certified Flight Instructor Western Oklahoma State College and University -- 2002-2004 Academic and Simulator Instructor, Altus AFB, OK -- 2004-Present Airline Pilot/Captain, Southwest Airlines -- 2006-2015 Board member and President Dallastown Soccer Club -- 2009-2014 President Dallastown Wrestling Booster Club -- 2010-2012 York Township Recreation Board of Directors --

Karl Dotterweich

B.A. in History, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2002 M.A. in History, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 2013 Certified Teacher in Pennsylvania and Maryland United States Marine Corps 1999-2006 (Sergeant/E-5) Veteran, Operation: Iraqi Freedom III Coach, Dallastown Soccer Club 2013-2015 Director of U6 Program, Dallastown Soccer Club, 2014-2015 Member of Pastoral Council, St. Joseph's York

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: Our property TAXES are high enough already. With inflation and the cost of living ever increasing, we owe it to our community not to make the burden heavier with higher taxes. Poor spending decisions ultimately hurt students. I will make sure that STUDENTS come first, and that our community's FAMILIES have a good steward of their hard-earned tax dollars. Right now, our schools need improved facilities so that our children have working heat in the winter and are not walking through sewage to get to classes.

GOOD POLICY: As a school board director, I would put policies in place that would take politics out of the classroom and restore the focus on education. I would push for district polices that create a SAFE, AGENDA-FREE environment for students as well as teachers.

RESPONSIVE LEADERSHIP: My wife and I have two children in Dallastown schools, so your concerns are our concerns. Every decision I make, whether it's setting policy, choosing a superintendent, or overseeing the budget, will be focused on what is in the best interest of FAMILIES. The needs of our CHILDREN will ALWAYS come first, with their SAFETY and education at the heart of every decision.

RESPECTING FAMILIES: Your children are YOUR children. Parents have the RIGHT to KNOW what goes on in the classroom. I will put forward and support policies that protect the rights of parents and children.
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FISCAL DISCIPLINE:   It only takes five people to raise your property taxes.  Believe it or not, there is a debate right now over how to spend the remaining covid relief money.  The competing proposals are: fix the dilapidated HVAC system in the junior/high school or replace the fully functional football stadium score board with a new digital, large screen score board.  Guess which proposal is winning?  (Hint: it won't keep your kids warm in the winter.)  

  • As inflation rises and the economy stalls, I will prioritize needs over wants. 

ACCOUNTABILITY:  I have six boys: one in the middle school, one in the high school, and three Dallastown SD graduates.  I can tell you from their experiences that the atmosphere in school is getting more political, while academic standards are slipping.  As a school director, I will put policies and curriculum in place to return to a politically neutral, student focused classroom with high standards.  When I attended school in the 70's and 80's, no one could tell who voted for whom, what anyone's politics were, or any other inappropriate personal information about their teachers and students.  This is the environment I would foster for students and employees.

  • Students deserve a safepolitically neutral school with high standards of achievement. 
  • Parents deserve blanket transparency and control over their child's environment.

GOOD GOVERNANCE:   The teachers, administrators, and Dallastown SD employees depend on the school board in three areas:  hiring the superintendent, passing a budget, and setting school policy.  One thing I have learned from my time as an officer in the Air Force and as an airline Captain is that the best results are achieved when you listen and support your subordinates/employees.  I am neither a teacher nor an administrator. I will approach this position with humility.

Before I hire a superintendent, pass a budget, or change a policy, I will:

  • Get informed by talking to a wider range of people involved in the process being changed.
  • I will research the Pennsylvania Code which grants "local entities...the greatest possible flexibility...consistent with providing quality education"  (Title 22 chapter 4b)
  • I will focus on the needs of the Taxpayers, Parents, Students, and Educators.
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