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Bob Yorczyk
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Board member, Downingtown Area School District, Region 4
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Last electionNovember 5, 2013
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ProfessionBusiness Owner
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Bob Yorczyk is the Region 4 representative on the Downingtown Area school board. He won re-election on November 5, 2013.


Yorczky earned his B.S. in Statistics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is the owner of B.A. Yorczyk & Associates, a print and online publishing business. He was previously the Director of Quality for Certainteed's Insulation Group, the Quality Supervisor for FMC's Fibers Division and an engineer for DuPont textile fibers plant. He is married to wife, Bea. They have two children and four grandchildren.[1]



See also: Downingtown Area School District elections (2013)


Yorczyk ran against John Ganski in the general election on November 5, 2013. Yorczyk won the Republican nomination in the primary on May 21, 2013.


Downingtown Area School District, Region 4 General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Yorczyk Incumbent 59.9% 595
     Democrat John Ganski 40.1% 398
Total Votes 993
Source: Chester County, Pennsylvania, "Summary Report," accessed December 13 2013

Downingtown Area School District Region 4 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBob Yorczyk 77.4% 223
     Republican John C. Ganski 21.9% 63
     Republican Write-In 0.7% 2
Total Votes 288
Source: Chester County Election Results

Downingtown Area School District Region 4 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democrat Green check mark transparent.pngJohn C. Ganski 57.9% 73
     Democrat Bob Yorczyk 39.7% 50
     Democrat Write-In 2.4% 3
Total Votes 126
Source: Chester County Election Results


Yorczyk reported no contributions or expenditures to the Pennsylvania Department of State.[2]


Yorczyk did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes

Yorczyk identified the following campaign themes:[3]

Provide more activities by Outside Organizations

"There are a number of outside organizations that can provide special programs for our children for after school or in service days. DARC is the recreation organization run by the municipalities and the school district. They can provide a number of activities that the district needs including adult education. Other programs that benefit our children are the Robotics clubs run by residents who are often engineers. The district tends to shy away from these programs rather than put the children first in providing them with different opportunities.”

Adopt Multi-Year Budgeting

"We only look at the current year in a budget. We should be looking at the actual spending for last several years and the expected spending by category. One of the first things I did when I chaired Finance was to get a comparison of the previous actual spending line item budgets. We need to go further and project the expected spending. Equally as important as the multi-year budget is to have them available for the public to see. Even if it is a work in progress, the public has a right to see how well their tax money is being managed.”

Promote use of VoTech

"The current way we calculate the cost of educating a student is based on the average across the grades from 1st to 12th. It does not recognize the individual cost by grade. A child at STEM costs more than a first grader. Yet when it comes to sending a high school student to VoTech, we don't compare the cost to STEM but rather the lower average cost. Many kids would be much better served by learning the skills that we need to be able continue as a society than taking the standard required courses. These are the people who will keep things running and be the ones who start the small businesses of the future. We should not use a calculation procedure to keep them from the opportunities that they deserve.”

Promote more cooperation between the School District and the Municipalities

"These two governmental groups can do a great deal to help each other. They are both funded and serve the same residents. Facilities use, joint planning and a host of other items need to be addressed."

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

Four seats on the Downingtown Area School Board were at stake in the November election, including Barbara Hurt-Simmons' Vice President seat. Incumbents Yorczyk, Barbara Hurt-Simmons and Suzanne DiVito Simonelli sought re-election. The new board will need to address continuing financial challenges in the district.

About the district

See also: Downingtown Area School District, Pennsylvania
Downingtown Area School District is located in Chester County, Pennsylvania
Downingtown Area School District is located in Chester County, which is in southeastern Pennsylvania. The county is home to 506,575 residents.[4]


The county outperforms the state in median household income, poverty rate, and higher education. According to the 2010 Census, the median household income in Chester County is $86,264 compared to Pennsylvania's statewide median of $51,651. The rate of residents below the poverty level in Chester County is 6.1% while the state rate is 12.6%. The percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher in Chester County is 48.1% compared to the state average of 26.7%.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Chester County (%) Pennsylvania (%)
White 87.7 83.5
Black or African American 6.4 11.4
American Indian and Alaska Native .3 0.3
Asian 4.0 2.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.6 1.7
Hispanic or Latino 6.7 6.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 49.2 49.7
2008 54.0 45.0
2004 52.0 43.7
2000 53.3 43.7

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[6] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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