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.
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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.
“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.