Manchester School Board Honors Pate

James Kenneth Pate shows off his plaque, seated next to board president Donald Webster Jr. (Photo courtesy Manchester Township School District)

MANCHESTER – Outgoing Manchester Township Board of Education Member, James Kenneth Pate, was honored at his last board meeting on December 21.

Pate served on the board for 21 years before losing his seat to newcomer Patrick Barry in the November 2016 school board election. Pate has served as Vice President of the Board since 2009.

“Mr. Pate has done a great job and accomplished a lot for our students,” remarked Superintendent of Schools David Trethaway. He praised Pate for his commitment to board training and called him a core member of the board. “He is always here for the students. Thank you.”

BOE President, Donald Webster Jr., also expressed his appreciation to Pate. He said that Pate joined the board in a time of turmoil and brought fresh ideas and a fresh vision and made quite a few strides over the years.

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Pate said he would truly miss being on the board and may even consider running again. “It has been an honor this past 20 or so years. I have met wonderful people who have touched my life in so many ways. Thank you all.”