Pike County resident Derek Smith has announced his candidacy for Delaware Valley School Board Director this year. Derek’s main focus will be to ensure DVSD schools remain open safely, continue on the path of little or no tax increase within the district and ensure every student has a first-rate education that provides them with the skill set and work ethic necessary to build their futures.
Derek is an associate attorney at the Law Office of Charles Kannebecker in Milford and has called Pike County home since graduating from the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in 2015. His wife Jenna is also an attorney and works for the Pike County Court of Common Pleas. Together, they have a two-year-old daughter and are expecting a son in June. In their spare time, Derek enjoys working on projects at their house, taking their daughter to gymnastics, walking the streets of Milford with his family while enjoying the food at local establishments.
When asked, why he decided to run as a Delaware Valley School Board Director his response was simple: “My children will be entering Delaware Valley schools in the coming years and I didn’t want to remain on the sidelines when it comes to their education. A lot of young parents are in the same position. I think it’s important for all parents to get involved so that they feel invested in the decisions made within the district,” he states.
“I’ve given a lot of thought of what I can bring to the District. I want to ensure that we will eventually have all students back to in-person classroom learning but in a manner that all parents feel comfortable. The District has made tremendous progress in this respect and it is important to elect members to the board to continue on this path. I also want to be a person that is approachable- that if you have followed the administrative channels and cannot get a resolution, you can come to me. In the end, I am ready for this challenge and have the energy and determination to represent the people of our community.”
Derek will be running on the Republican and Democratic ballot and asks for your support on May 18.