The following was submitted to Radnor Patch for publication by Radnor resident Geri
I have known Martin for 13 years and live in Radnor Township and I will be voting to elect Martin Heldring to the Radnor School Board.
The reason I support Martin is his honest, transparent and reasoned views about education and how to finance it. He values a “Radnor Education” and wants to return to those exceptional values. Martin is a thoughtful, reasonable decision-maker and we would all benefit from his service as a Director on the Radnor Township School Board.
He is a Foreign Service graduate of Georgetown University and has an MBA from the University of Chicago. He was born and raised on the Main Line, first in Merion and then in Wayne. He has spent his career in finance living and working in New York, Washington, Chicago, Seoul, London and Singapore before returning seven years ago to Wayne.
Since the Radnor School District operates with an $83 million budget, we especially need someone with Martin’s background and experience to properly manage our resources. The School budget is more than twice the township budget and your school taxes are a little less than six times your township taxes.
Martin will push for finalization of a meaningful written curriculum, something that does not currently exist and a long over-due solution to the overcrowding at Wayne Elementary. He would help the school board do a better job of seeking input from and communicating to all of the stakeholders interested in a Radnor education.
But as bright and experienced and committed as Martin Heldring is, he cannot be a steward of our children and tax dollars on his own. He must be part of a team of equally qualified school board members. Since off-year elections are decided by very small margins (a few years ago, five votes made the difference), I urge you on November 5th to vote for Martin and also for Susan Michaelson, Dave Falcone and Jim Link. Their literature says that “we should expect more,” and they are absolutely correct.