Education

4 local school boards could have at least 1 new member

Incumbent Jim Leous, who was re-elected to the State College Area school board, chats outside of the Harris Township precinct at the Zion Lutheran Church on Tuesday.
Incumbent Jim Leous, who was re-elected to the State College Area school board, chats outside of the Harris Township precinct at the Zion Lutheran Church on Tuesday. adrey@centredaily.com

Changes could be coming for some local public school districts.

During the municipal primary election Tuesday, unofficial results from the Centre County Election and Voter Registration Office — with all precincts reporting — showed the four Centre County school districts could each have at least one new board member.

Board members run for four-year terms.

Bald Eagle Area

Six people ran for four seats in three regions.

In Region 1, also known as the Mountaintop Region, incumbents Mary Ann Hamilton, of Clarence, and Timothy Nilson, of Snow Shoe, will keep their seats with a total of 612 votes. There were also seven write-in votes.

Incumbent Mark Kresovich took Region 2, also known as the West Bald Eagle Region, on the Republican ballot with 292 votes, or 48.83 percent of the vote. Molly Pomeroy-Hoover won on the Democratic ballot with 154 votes, or 47.83 percent of the vote. There were also four write-in votes.

They, along with Timothy Linden, ran on the Democratic and Republican ballots, and will appear on the ballot in November for the general election for one open seat.

Tina Greene ran unopposed in Region 3, also known as the East Bald Eagle Region, and gained 497 votes. There were also seven write-in votes. Greene could replace longtime board member John Rougeux, who did not seek re-election.

Bellefonte Area

Only three people ran for four spots on the Bellefonte Area school board — meaning there is still one vacant spot.

Incumbent Rodney Musser led the votes with 2,444. He was followed by Kristen Bruckner with 2,425 votes, and Jon Guizar with 1,895 votes.

There were also 357 write-ins.

Penns Valley Area

Five people ran for four openings in three regions.

In Region 1, Holly Hawkins led with 1,120 votes, followed by school board President Chris Houser, who had 1,085 votes. There were 26 write-in votes.

Darren Narber ran unopposed in Region 2 with 392 votes; and incumbent Victoria Brennan, of Aaronsburg, ran unopposed in Region 3 with 338 votes.

State College Area

Six people ran for four open seats on the school board.

Lori Bedell gained 6,100 votes, followed by incumbents David Hutchinson with 5,573 votes; Jim Leous with 4,919 votes; and Scott Fozard with 3,658 votes. There were also 130 write-in votes.

Longtime board member Penni Fishbaine’s position will expire at the end of the year, but she is not seeking reelection.

Britney Milazzo: 814-231-4648, @M11azzo

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