Bellefonte school board elects two new members

There are two new faces on the Bellefonte Area School District board of directors.

At a meeting Monday night, Bellefonte resident Jon Guizar and Spring Township resident Kim Hearn were elected to the board over eight other candidates.

They will fill the void left after a pair of members resigned.

Former board President Jenna Moorehead announced her resignation in February to pursue an out-of-state job opportunity, and Richard Steele resigned earlier in the month due to health reasons.

Each candidate underwent a public interview process with the school board. The terms will last until Dec. 1.

In a unanimous vote, Guizar was voted onto the board.

Guizar, a father to three children in the district — ages 7, 9 and 12 — said he applied to bring a unique voice to the board.

He said his children are in three programs within the district — one in regular education, one in special education and another in the gifted program.

“I think it’s important to bring a mix of experience on the board,” he said. “I have three children in the district and see three different sides to the education here and want to be a part of what makes their educational experience. I’m excited about the programs and the mission to instill the will to learn in our kids.”

Guizar is a senior project manager at Nestlerode Contracting Co. in Lock Haven.

Hearn was elected in a 5-1 vote.

“I think it’s important to get moms with kids on the school board,” board member George Stone said.

Hearn is a mother of two children in the district — one at Bellefonte Area High School and the other at Marion-Walker Elementary School.

“I really want to help with community involvement,” said Hearn, a former Parent Teacher Organization president.

Keith Hamilton is interim board president until a formal vote is taken in April.