Lockard receives another term

Dick Lockard, 78, has been an Altoona Area school board member for 40 years. Unofficial results show he will be on the board another four years.

Focused on settling contract negotiations with the district’s teachers, Lockard won his bid for another term on Tuesday. He received 3,307 votes, according to unofficial tallies to earn the fourth of four spots.

“I want to thank the people who came out today to vote for their candidates. Too bad we can’t all win,” he said.

The only other incumbent in the race, Elizabeth Chapman, will not get a second term. She ran on the Democratic ticket and received 3,267 votes, 40 fewer than Lockard.

She had plans to work on building a better report among the board, administrators and faculty.

“Work needs to be done on the financial outlook of the district,” she added as another major priority for the district.

The teachers have been working under a contract that expired Sept. 1.

“We have to get the contract all settled,” Lockard said.

The main financial issue, said newcomer to the school board Judy Berryman, is pension costs. Berryman’s 4,354 votes put her in third place behind John Donley with 5,059 votes and John Klingeman with 5,018, also newcomers to the board.

“There is much hard work ahead, but I am willing to do hard work and the right thing,” Berryman said. “There are so many priorities. The pension issue is enormous.”

While state Legislature has caused much of the pension problems, Berryman said districts have a role in addressing rising costs.

“The part the school board has to address is the funding of it,” she said.

Pension contributions are based on the district’s total payroll.

Teacher contract negotiations are continuing and Berryman said that she expects to be part of the negotiations after she is installed as a new board member.

Klingeman was grateful for the nod.

“I appreciate the support of the people of Altoona and Logan Township. I appreciate the work my family has done,” he said. “And I look forward to working with all the political philosophies represented on the board. If we work together, we can keep our district a positive and forward looking district.”

Newcomer John Donley came in first with 5,059 votes.

“It’s about learning what needs to be done and getting to work,” Donley said.

One of his main concerns is class size. “We have to do what we can to find savings and use it to reduce class sizes.”

He added, “I’m looking forward to working with the new board.”