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    Donna Smith

Biographical Information

If elected, what will be your three top priorities, and how will you address them?

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Date of Birth 10/02/1970
Education Graduate of Glossop High School and Staffordshire University
Qualifications B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. from Staffordshire University
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My top three priorities will be to ensure that we are offering all students in the Bellefonte School District the best educational experience we can offer, to recruit and more importantly retain the best teachers, and to be fiscally responsible. We want to maintain our high academic standards, but schooling is so much more that that. Just as important is having a great extra curricular programs that can help students explore and grow. We need to ensure that we support our teaching and support staff to the fullest. These are the folks that mold and mentor our students, and we want them to be just as enthusiastic to be going to work every day as they do about going home. We have a big obligation to our taxpayers and we want to make sure that we are staying within the bounds our our budgets, and not put any more burden on them; but at the same time we have to keep developing the school system and facilities so that they benefit the majority of the school district residents.
Education B.S. Psychology, Ursinus College M.S. Educational Leadership, Central Connecticut State University
Qualifications Career and volunteer experiences have focused on education, Willingness to serve, Long time resident of school district and parent of current student and alumni
My campaign is built around three simple concepts. I call them the ABCs of Education

Accountability Public education provides a foundation for our community. The school board needs to be transparent in every action and identify how its decisions align with the values set forth by our community.

Building for the Future All spending priorities must balance our need to be proper stewards of our tax dollars while simultaneously planning for the education of tomorrow. With a changing, global economy, our district will need to continue to maintain fiscal responsibility while investing in facilities, programs and technologies that prepare students for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Communication The school board needs to listen to the community it serves. Too often school directors come in with an agenda. I would like to see the board prioritize new ways to engage and educate the community about its work and how decisions made affect the community.
Date of Birth August 15
Education Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from University of Phoenix; Associate Degree in Business from South Hills Business School
Qualifications I have a passion for public education. I am currently on the Bellefonte Area School District Board of Directors.
In the next 4 years of my term, I would like to see the completion or a master plan for completion of all facilities and the entire sports complex to ensure that each one of our students are being given every opportunity to achieve success in the classroom and in extra curricular areas. Some of our schools may be reaching the end of their life cycle, I will work hard to ensure that all of our students will have facilities that our students, staff, parents, and community can be proud of. I will seek out alternative funding sources, by researching innovated new ways or advocating to our state representatives, to help reduce the tax burden our District places on the residences of our community. I would also like to create a new literacy program where I will research, review, and work to implement literacy innovations for our younger students and their families of our community. I feel that I can be a positive asset to the school by giving a perspective of an alumni, a parent, a community member, and an educator by helping to shape and guide the education for current and future generations of Bellefonte. I would be honored if you continue to allow me to be your voice for Bellefonte Area School District.

Date of Birth June 23, 2001
Education Graduating from Bellefonte Area High School in June. Attending The Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus, in the Fall
Qualifications Student member of the BASD Construction Committee. Bellefonte Area School District Student for the past 13 years, K-12. Bellefonte Area School District, President of the Class of 2019.
If elected, my first and foremost priority will be to ensure that the students and educators of Bellefonte Area School District are the priority in every decision made. As someone who has spent the last 13 years as a student in the Bellefonte Area School District, I understand the challenges our students and educators face and want to bring light and give voice to those challenges.This would include supporting every educational opportunity, as well as extracurriculars and athletics which are so vital to the educational process, and developing our students to be the leaders of tomorrow.

My second priority will be to ensure that all school facilities in the Bellefonte Area School District are up to date, safe, and conducive to learning. By updating outdated facilities, we will be able to advance and improve the educational process. This also includes improving our extracurricular and athletic facilities so that our students have excellent facilities to pursue their interests in the many opportunities our district offers.

My final priority, but a very important one is to be a good steward of taxpayer dollars. It is important the the District avoids increasing tax rates, as not to place a financial burden on the taxpayers. It is my goal to ensure that we take advantage of grants and other sources of revenue to ensure that we can provide our students and staff with every opportunity possible, while still making smart money management decisions and avoiding increases in tax rates
Date of Birth April 27, 1952
Education B.S. College of Agriculture, Penn State
Qualifications 20 years on BASD School Board, Pres Pa School Board Assoc 2012, 6 yrs Pres BASD Board, Pa Master School Board Member Award, National School Board Distinguished Board Member Honoree
I am proud of our accomplishments in my 20 years on the board but am still committed to providing a first-rate education in a safe environment.

We are currently conducting a long overdue overhaul of our exterior facilities. We have not had a track in decades, our stadium was an embarrassment and we have very limited practice areas. I chair the Capital Campaign that is raising funds privately to make this happen without a tax hike. This will not only benefit our students in classes, band and sports but will be a great community venue.

Our elementary schools are also in need of attention. We're currently seeking community input on how to remedy this situation and gathering the cost of options such as renovations or new construction. We will then go back out to the public, decide how to proceed and do so.

Finally, I am committed to continually addressing how we educate our students, no matter their career path. Writing and speaking skills are crucial for success but creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, leadership and technology/media literacy are additionally what employers and higher education institutes seek. Our administrators have a clear knowledge of these challenges/opportunities and together we need to move beyond the industrial revolution classroom to a model that best serves all our students
Date of Birth 8/31/62
Education Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, 60+ Graduate Credits, non-degree program
Qualifications Parent of two BASD graduates, grandmother, experienced teacher, active community member, retiree, champion for public schools
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My top priority will remain what it has been for the past 33 years that I have spent as a teacher in this school district – our students. I will do my best to be a champion for every single one of them and will always put students’ best interest first. A second priority is providing a high quality education at an affordable cost, which in turn provides homeowners with strong property values. I will strive to be a responsible steward of taxpayer money. Balancing needs with wants is challenging, but with transparency and welcome input from our staff, administrators, parents, and community at large, we can find this balance in cost-effective ways. Finally, completing the athletic facilities and planning for a new and/or renovated elementary school(s) is crucial, but I will do my part to listen to the community and do extensive research before making decisions. My vision is that Bellefonte is a premiere district where all students learn, grow, and thrive.