Please take the time to vote either by mail or in-person to support our Democratic school board candidates. Cross-filed primaries are competitive, and your vote is important to move them on to November.
Here are the lever and ballot positions of our Democratic candidates.
Each of our endorsed School Board candidates is an experienced incumbent who has made a difference for our children and the schools.
Here are just some of the many accomplishments our slate’s Democratic leadership has produced for Radnor Township School District students:
* Maintained Radnor’s #1 state district ranking and #10 national ranking – source: Niche.com;
* Instituted the first full-day kindergarten program on the Main Line in 2015;
* First in the region to institute the medically recommended 8: .M. A.M.30 A.M. later school start time for Radnor High School in 2019;
* Adopted 2020-2021 district goal of foundational Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion institutional initiatives in 2020;
* Adopted Implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) to support student social and emotional wellbeing of students in 2019;
* Launched comprehensive ADA and safety renovations for Radnor High School’s campus and athletics facilities (groundbreaking April 2021, completion fall of 2022)
* Provided effective oversight of the school administration’s COVID-19 decisions, initiatives, and interventions to balance maintaining the instructional program with keep our children and community safe;
* Renewed Student Wellness Study as 2020-2021 District goal to ensure the academic, physical and social emotional wellness of all students;
* Approved PA Grant to Radnor Township that extends the Radnor Trail around Radnor High School in 2021 (completion X date).
Here are the Democratic School Board Candidates (Vote for 4)
Andrew Babson, PhD, is an incumbent seeking a second term on the RTSD. By profession he is a college professor and researcher. He is a Senior Research Affiliate and Co-Founder of the Global Possibility Network based at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2012 he has also served as a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and Adjunct Associate Professor at Temple University College of Education and Human Development. He holds a PhD from the University of Michigan and an MSc from the London School of Economics & Political Science. Andrew has published and presented his research on South African youth in national and international venues. Andrew and his wife Emily moved to Radnor in 2015 for all that Radnor offers as a community, but the quality of the schools was a paramount consideration. Their two children, Grant and Isabel, attend Radnor Elementary.
Sarah Dunn is seeking a second term on the RTSD School Board. During her tenure, Sarah has served on the Curriculum (2018-current), Finance (2018-2020), Facilities (2019-current) and Government Relations and Communications (2019) Committees. In 2019, she was Vice Chair of the Finance Committee. As Chair of the Facilities Committee since 2020, she has championed the Radnor High School Accessibility and Wellness Project which will provide much-needed infrastructure updates, additional classrooms, and improved athletic facilities. Sarah serves as board liaison to Radnor PAGE and the Township’s Parks and Recreation Board. As a parent, she continues to volunteer for school musicals and the RHS Band.
Sarah has practiced corporate law for almost 20 years. She is currently Vice President, Corporate Counsel for Allied Universal. Her in-house counsel experience has included working for Arkema, West Pharmaceuticals and Aramark’s healthcare and education divisions. She also worked as a corporate and securities attorney with Pepper Hamilton LLP.
The product of public and private education, Sarah attended public schools in the Pittsburgh suburbs and Lower Merion as well as The Shipley School. She holds a J.D. from Columbia University and a B.A. in History, summa cum laude, from Amherst College. Sarah and her husband, Michael, have lived in Radnor Township for 18 years, and are the proud parents of Radnor High School sophomore and a Radnor Middle School 7th grader. Sarah is passionate about the wonderful education her children have received in Radnor since Kindergarten and wants to ensure this opportunity is available for future generations.
Lydia T. Solomon is in her twelfth year of service on the Radnor Township School Board and is seeking re-election for the fourth time. Lydia has a B.S. from Cornell University and a M.S. from the University of California, both in Economics. In addition, she holds a M.A. Specialist Degree in School Psychology from Immaculata University. She has worked as a school psychologist for several years at the DCIU and has been employed as a college professor teaching in the Education Department at Eastern University. Ms. Solomon has been the PTO President for elementary, middle, and high school levels in Radnor. Her three children who are all Radnor graduates. While on the Board, she has served as the Board President, Board Vice President, Chair and Vice Chair of the Curriculum Committee, the Government Relations Committee, the Policy Committee, and the Facilities Committee. In addition, she has served as the Board Representative to the Delaware County Community College Liaison Board. a Board Member to the Delaware County Intermediate Unit and a representative to the Parent-Teacher Organization Coordinating Council.
Lydia states, “I am extremely proud of the work we have accomplished since I joined the Radnor School Board twelve years ago. Our financial situation is sound due to painstaking attention to all expenditures. I have participated in the hiring of almost all of our administrators and have focused on restoring an emphasis to innovative curriculum and instruction, such as Full-Day Kindergarten. My focus continues to be providing the best educational experience to every Radnor student at the best price.” Lydia serves as a champion for all students, while balancing a responsibility to the taxpayer to stay fiscally smart. She believes the best educational outcome can be achieved through open and transparent dialogue with all stakeholders to come up with a win-win solution. Ms. Solomon is honored to serve the community this way.
Susan Stern is seeking her third term on the Radnor School Board. In her first term on the Board, Radnor implemented the area’s first public school full-day kindergarten program and hired Ken Batchelor as Superintendent. She has served on the Facilities, Finance, and Policy Committees. Susan has spent the last four years in leadership, the first as Vice President and the last three as President. Under Susan’s leadership, the District has undertaken groundbreaking initiatives, including: the “Later Start Time” at Radnor High School, a strategic planning process to address capital improvements throughout the District, and the long-term commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. These projects are all in the early stages and must be supported by the Board in order to address the needs of those impacted. Most recently, she led the Board in approving a transformative Accessibility and Wellness Project at Radnor High School. The improvements to the campus and building are centered on an inclusive design for all, with enhanced facilities that will benefit not only students but the community at large.
Susan has volunteered in many capacities over the years: as a founding Board Member and Treasurer for Skunk Hollow Community Garden, eight years as a Member of the Radnor Planning Commission, Treasurer for Radnor-Wayne Little League, and Leader of Radnor Cub Scout Pack 19. Susan now serves as one of the organizers for the South Wayne Porch Fest. She resides in Wayne and has three grown children; her two sons are Radnor graduates.
Susan has invested twenty years in Radnor and believes in our community. Her time as a volunteer has been tested as never before this year, leading the Board through the COVID-19 pandemic. The critical role our schools play in educating and supporting our students and families has never before been so evident. We must maintain Radnor’s outstanding educational opportunities, address the learning impacts that have arisen this year, yet also continue to move forward on all our initiatives. These tasks require a steady hand, experience, fortitude, and commitment to the values of public education. Susan will continue to fulfill those needs, as she has done for the last eight years.