Bliss to seek School Board seat

Barbara Bliss

Barbara Bliss

Barbara C. Bliss plans to run for a seat on the Shenandoah County School Board.

The retired, certified public accountant announced Monday that she intends to seek the District 2 seat on the board in the Nov. 3 general election and is seeking signatures to appear on the ballot. Board member Rick Koontz does not plan to run for another term.

After following the School Board activities in local media and seeing vacancies come up, Bliss said she felt she should become involved. Also, her son teaches in New Mexico and her three step-grandchildren are school-aged.

“So I wouldn’t say I am absolutely immersed in education, but I’ve always had an interest in educational issues,” Bliss said.

The former CPA said her accounting skills might help in a position on the board.

“I see that you gotta balance between what you’re trying to do with education of the children and basically you have a certain amount of money to do it in,” Bliss said. “I would like to see the county avoid increases in taxes where we can but provide the best quality education that we can for our children.”

Bliss graduated from Towson State University with a degree in French literature and a minor in education. She taught French in Maryland for six years. Bliss returned to the university and earned an accounting degree. Bliss worked as a CPA for two of the largest accounting firms in the country – Arthur Andersen and Company and then Coopers and Lybrand, later PricewatershouseCoopers. Bliss oversaw tax compliance issues for non-profit organizations such as the National Rifle Association, and the National Education Association.

Bliss, 67, and her husband, Geoffrey Buckler, bought their house near Edinburg in 2010 and visited often until they moved to the county permanently in September 2013.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or

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