Voters Guide | Philipsburg-Osceola Area school board

November 2, 2013 

BOARD OF SCHOOL DIRECTORS

PHILIPSBURG-OSCEOLA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Question: Schools never seem to have enough funding. As a board member in the Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District, what would you do to address this continuing issue?

District 3

(Vote for one.)

REPUBLICAN/DEMOCRAT

Nancy Lamb, Philipsburg

Education: Graduate of Philipsburg-Osceola Area High School and 1969 graduate of Lock Haven University

Occupation: Retired from teaching in the West Branch School District in Clearfield and for the Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District

Qualifications: I believe I took this seat last November. As a retired teacher, I know a lot about education and what it should involve. I have concerns about our local schools, especially with five grandchildren who are enrolled in the school district. I’m just interested in seeing a strong curriculum and working on giving our students the best education possible. I think testing is important, but that they should also have a solid education as well.

Answer to question: I think we can maybe spend our money less and be a little more cautious on what were spending it on. From what I understand, with some teachers who have multiple certifications, they might have to multitask. Our school is not big and not growing, so to keep the people that we have, we might have to spread jobs around. I think we should also look into things like grants. Although I believe the school district has paid staff to do that, I would be willing to work on that with others.

District 5

(Vote for one)

REPUBLICAN

Robert Massung, Philipsburg

Date of birth: June 22, 1971

Education: Bachelor’s degree in music marketing from Clarion University

Occupation: Analyst and planning consultant at Penn State

Qualifications: Committed parent with two boys — Jamey, 8, a third-grader, and Sam, who will be in kindergarten next year. Committed to giving back to the community and school district, and have professional experience in management and group collaboration. Lived in the Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District since 1999.

Answer to question: When it comes to school funding, there are mainly two ways the school district receives money: Through taxpayer dollars and grants — taxes being the least popular among residents. If elected, I would work hard at researching and addressing grants with the current administration. There is a lot of money out there that we can possibly get our hands on. Even if it’s not a lot, someone needs to make the initiative to research other ways to get funding, like through grants, and spearhead ways to bring that in. Every dollar is a dollar more than before.

DEMOCRAT

Mary Ellen Holden

Did not respond.

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