Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Meet Easton School Director Frank Pintabone
Believe it or not, around 25 people anted up for a riveting discussion of regionalism. Mayor Sal Panto announced plans to invade West Easton and Glendon before they obtain nuclear weapons. Angle offered to lead the attack, especially if he could design his own uniform.
After the session was over, I had to speak to some of the "students" and learn why they had come.
That's how I met Easton School Director Frank Pintabone.
Just so you know, I think anyone who serves on a zoning hearing board or school board is certifiably nutz. It's a lot of work, and no matter what you do, you're wrong.
But Pintabone is an impressive guy. A single father who's out of work, he knows what it's like to struggle. In fact, he never made it through high school, opting instead for a GED so he could work. Things have always been tight for him. Despite being stretched tight financially, this is a guy who serves on numerous volunteer organizations like the former St. Anthony's, giving them more priority than partisan politics.
When he ran for Easton School Board, he promised to try to increase public comment from three to five minutes. Well, he succeeded, and The Express Times actually awarded him a trophy, something that paper rarely does with elected officials.
Last night, Frank was one of the people I saw at Easton's NAACP. He updated the public about what is going on in the school district, something he promised to do when he sought office.
He seems to have a lot of respect for other people, referring to them formally as "Mr. Stoffa" or "Mr. Panto." And there he was last week at Northampton Community College, trying to learn about local government.
Frankly, I think I could learn a few things from Frank. But he's not getting his $29 back from me.