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Bethlehem Board of Education braces for changes

Storey agreed, and described her time on the board as "the greatest volunteer experience of my life."

"It's time to move on," she said, explaining that her child had graduated from the district two years ago.

Lytle reiterated Stoker's call for candidates.

"It will be a challenge next year," Lytle said. "I do hope whoever runs and is interested will work with us during this transition."

The announcements of Stoker and Storey come at a time when the district is interviewing for a new superintendent. Loomis has also announced his retirement this year, after 21 years with the district, and he will be stepping down in June.

The board announced it is down to three final candidates for superintendent, out of a pool of 40 applicants.

"On both a personal and professional level," Loomis told his colleagues, "we're going to miss you. I feel honored to have served with you."

Stoker and Storey received a standing ovation from a packed meeting room that included Citizen Budget Group members, parents, department heads, and many participation in government high school students.

A retired teacher, Stoker received a bachelor's degree in education and began his teaching career in 1962. He went on to earn his master's degree in education in 1966. A year later, he came to Bethlehem Central, where he spent the next 30 years teaching English and social studies at Bethlehem Central Middle School.

Stoker lives in Delmar with his wife of 45 years, Arlene. Their two children and two grandchildren also live in Delmar. His daughter, Christine, is a fifth-grade teacher at Glenmont Elementary, and his son, Howard, works as a landscaper.

Storey grew up in Summit, N.J., and graduated from Bucknell University with a bachelor's degree in biology.

Prior to moving to Delmar in 1990, she lived in Arkansas, Maryland and California. Storey and her husband, Jim, a neurologist, have three children: Rob, a graduate of BCHS and the University of Delaware; Sarah, a BCHS graduate and a graduate of Lehigh University; and Brian, a graduate of BCHS and a student at Penn State.

Storey was also co-president of Hamagrael Elementary School's PTA from 1996-1998.

Nominating petitions for Board of Education seats can be picked up from Deputy Board Clerk Michelle Curtis or a Business Office staff member at the district's offices, 90 Adams Place, Delmar.

For more information, call 439-7481. Petitions must have 102 signatures. ""

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