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Berks County Student Wins Spot On Local School Board

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BIRDSBORO, Pa. (CBS) – A Berks County high school junior has won a spot on his local school board.

Connor Kurtz, a student at Daniel Boone High School in Birdsboro, Pa., easily won both the Republican and Democratic nominations for school board in Tuesday’s primary. That means he is essentially guaranteed to win the seat, representing Amity Township, in November. (see related story)

Kurtz told Eyewitness News last month that since he is in school every day, he is more qualified than any of the other candidates running.

“I believe that I could do a much better job than many members on the school board are currently doing,” he said. “I walk around the school, and I see things that just don’t make sense.”

Kurtz first started regularly attending school board meetings last August when he noticed the district flying flags in poor condition. Three days after he went to his first meeting, the flags were replaced.

But Kurtz kept going because he was interested in the matters the board was discussing.

“I realized they [the board members] don’t know what they’re doing. They don’t have a plan,” he said. “It boggles my mind that you can be on the school board without a plan.”

Kurtz, who is currently 17, will turn 18 this September, making him old enough to qualify for the general election in November.

Reported by Ben Simmoneau, CBS 3

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