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Voters guide: Bellefonte Area Board of School Directors

All candidates were asked to respond to the following question:

What are your three top priorities for this position?

Bellefonte Area Board of School Directors

Term: Four years

DEMOCRAT/REPUBLICAN

Hope Boylston

Date of birth: June 25, 1947

Education: 1965, George Washington University, B.A. in anthropology, Washington, D.C. Graduate studies in teaching English as a second language.

Occupation: Retired

Qualifications: Spanish teacher and assistant teacher at State College Friends School, nine years. Member of school board, eight years.

Answer to question: 1. Work towards a prekindergarten program for the whole district. 2. Work towards a long-range plan which balances building repairs, teacher salaries, sports salaries and curriculum demands and involves community members and teachers. 3. Oppose levels of testing that use up too much time taken from teachers and students.

Kimberly Hearn

Campaign website: www.candidatesfourbellefonte.com

Date of birth: Aug. 15, 1977

Education: 1998, South Hills School of Business & Technology, A.S. in business; 2014, University of Phoenix, B.S. in education.

Occupation: Preschool teacher

Qualifications: Educator, two years. Volunteer in Bellefonte Area schools, 20 years. Marion Walker Elementary PTO president, five years. Cub & Boy Scout volunteer, 10 years. Youth cheerleading coach, four years.

Answer to question: My top three priorities are as follows: 1. Ensuring that students receive a quality education that allows them the opportunity to engage in new activities both academically and socially. 2. To listen, advocate and be approachable to the Bellefonte community, the students and the staff. 3. Being fiscally responsible to the students, staff and community of Bellefonte Area School District.

Bob Lumley-Sapanski

Date of birth: April 27, 1952

Education: 1981, B.S., animal production, Penn State.

Occupation: Facilities and safety coordinator, food science, Penn State

Qualifications: Bellefonte school director 16 years, president six years; president Pennsylvania School Board Association 2012; PSBA master school board member; National School Board Association distinguished board member.

Answer to question: 1. Continually improve our academic programs enabling students to be successful be they college, trade school or military bound, entering the workforce, or raising a family. 2. Address facility needs including starting the campaign for the athletic/exterior programs projects behind the high school and reviewing the needs of our elementary buildings. 3. Advocate legislatively for our schools. The mandated standardized testing is out of control. The time spent and stress on the kids and staff needs to be reduced. The budget situation, lack of a funding formula, PSERS costs and other mandates need to be addressed by our legislators.

Daniel Miltenberger

Campaign website: www.candidatesfourbellefonte.com

Date of Birth: May 27, 1955

Education: 1977, Moravian College, B.A.; 1994, Central Michigan University, M.S.A.; 1997, U.S. Army War College Certificate (Master’s Equivalent).

Occupation:Law enforcement training specialist/University Faculty, Justice and Safety Institute, Penn State.

Qualifications: Commissioned officer (23 years), United States Army. Led various sized units from 50 to 450 soldiers. Served as a military liaison to the Fountain-Fort Carson (Colorado) School District and as a nonvoting member of that school board (two years).

Answer to question:1. Ensure equity of education across the entire student population. Too often, we spend a great deal of time focusing on AP tests and high achievers, running the risk of shortchanging the majority of students. 2. Ensure quality of instruction by reviewing and revising as necessary the hiring process within the district. 3. Improve communications between the board and the administration by requiring the building administrators to provide a specific report to the board on a quarterly basis. This report will include personnel issues, operational concerns and logistical issues.

REPUBLICAN

Robert A. Pacella

Campaign website: www.

candidatesfourbellefonte.com

Education: Bellefonte Area High School; Centre County Vo-Tec.

Occupation: Penn State College of Engineering

Qualifications: School District employee, Bellefonte Area Schools. School District Administrator, Penns Valley Area Schools. Logan Fire Company life member, Chief 1995-2000.

Answer to question: School funding and taxes. Retirement funding. Test scores.

DEMOCRAT

John J. Elnitski Jr.

Campaign website: www.candidatesfourbellefonte.com

Date of Birth: Nov. 16, 1963

Education: 1985, Penn State, B.S. Aerospace; 1995, Franklin Pierce Law Center, JD.

Occupation: Patent Attorney

Qualifications: Served on the Benner Township Board of Supervisors for 12 years. Volunteered at the Bellefonte Schools for 15 years. Volunteer for Football and Soccer at Bellefonte.

Answer to question: My top priorities are: Provide the best education for our students. As an example. Make sure our AP courses are providing the same education they would get from college. Insure the district is spending its funds wisely. As an example, determine the correct timing and cost for school facility improvements. Investigate and remove disconnects between administration and teachers. As an example, determine why so many teachers are leaving the district.

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