Know your Board Members

Solanco Board of School Directors

Paul Plechner – Paul became President of the Solanco School Board in December 2019. He originally joined the board in 2005 and served as vice president before becoming president. Paul grew up in Cape May, New Jersey, and graduated from Widener University (BA) and Eastern University (MBA). He is an industrial engineer with the United Parcel Service and oversees all UPS air operations in Philadelphia, Baltimore and Dulles. Paul and his wife Gretchen have two daughters, one graduated as class valedictorian and another is a student at the high school. Paul’s goal is to “help provide the best educational opportunities for Solanco students while staying within the means of our budget.”

Brian Musser — Brian was elected to the school board in 2011, and in December 2019 he became the board’s vice president. “I wanted to be more involved in the community and schools because it’s important to me. My goal is to make conservative financial decisions while ensuring quality education here at Solanco.” Brian and his wife Heather are both Solanco graduates. They have three children who are Solanco students.

Jane Ausel – Jane Ausel is a retired Solanco teacher who was employed by the district for more than 26 years. “After recently retiring from teaching, I feel serving as a school director would be a wonderful way to give back to the school district and this community.  My desire is to strengthen the connection between the students, staff and the school board,” Ausel said.  Jane and her husband Craig Ausel raised three sons in Quarryville. Jane Ausel is a 1976 Solanco graduate, and  earned a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Grove City College.

Craig Chubb – Craig was first elected to the school board in 2001 and he has served as board president. His three children are Solanco graduates. “I am committed to creating a positive learning environment for all students where they can safely realize their potential and get ready for the challenges they will face in the future.” Craig is a 1972 graduate of Red Land High School in the West Shore School District. He has been employed by Keim Chevrolet in Paradise as the service and parts director since 1986.

Byron Graybeal – Byron Graybeal is a lifelong resident of Peach Bottom and a third-generation dairy farmer. “I decided to run for school director because I bring an agricultural perspective to our uniquely rural district. My goal as a school board director is to be fiscally responsible while providing high-quality educational opportunities to increase graduation and post-secondary opportunities.” Graybeal is a 1990 Solanco graduate, and attended Delaware Valley College. He and his wife Carol, a Solanco school psychologist, have a son at Solanco High School and a daughter at Swift Middle School.

Lee Kauffman – Lee Kauffman and his wife have five children. Three are Solanco High School graduates, one is a student at the high school, and their youngest attends Quarryville Elementary. “I want to give back to our school district and community which have been a big part of raising my family,” Kauffman said. “My goal is to be an active part of continuing a high level of education for our students in a safe and inspiring environment.” Along with his brother, Kauffman owns and operates a construction company in Gap. He is an active member of Faith Reform Church in Quarryville. Kauffman was born and raised in Lancaster County and is a 1986 graduate of Lancaster Mennonite High School.

Kurt Kreider – Kurt is an Account Executive with WDAC-HD1 94.5 THE VOICE of Christian Radio, and WDAC-HOPE 94.5 HD2 Music for the Heart. He joined the Solanco Board of School Directors in 2005. “I am committed to seeing our students grow and mature in every area of their lives while on the road to fulfilling their destiny designed by The Creator.” Kurt attended Solanco from kindergarten through 9th grade and graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School in 1988.

Justin Kreider – Justin has served on the Solanco School Board since 2005. “I am serving on the board to ensure that the quality education I received at Solanco is maintained and passed on to others. I also believe that a successful school receives direction from a board that embraces core values such as conservative principles, faith and family.” Justin is a 1992 graduate of Solanco, and he graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1996. He owns and operates his own business.

Chip Roten – Chip was elected to the board in 2008 and priorities are to see a “continuation of and improvements to the practices and policies that contribute to the Solanco School District providing a quality education to our students, our ability to attract the best teachers, staff and administrators all while being very mindful of our financial responsibilities.” Chip is Vice President in commercial lending with WSFS Bank, a member of Mechanic Grove Church of the Brethren, and involved in mission work on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.