Date of Birth
Michigan State University, B.S. 1974
Current board member
Peace Corps Volunteer
Spring Township Planning Commission
Agland Preservation Committee
Funding the needs of the district while respecting the community’s pocketbook. This process of managing our annual budget is difficult given the annual last minute unknowns from the State and Federal governments. Fortunately we have an exceptionally good budget office.
We have been able to upgrade our facilities on a regular schedule but we need to remain within our borrowing capacity and maintain our AAA bond rating which allows us to borrow at a favorable rate and save money for the community.
Our graduates will enter a global economy and we need to provide them with a broad perspective of the world. We must continue to focus on inclusion, diversity and equity education if we are to grow as a community and give our staff and students a better understanding of issues both here and abroad. The board of directors must be willing to lead the way in this discussion.
Date of Birth
B.S. Civil Engineering, Penn State University
Served for 6 years as School Director.
Served as Board President for 3 years.
Served as volunteer on many boards over the last 20 years.
1. Learning Gaps - I look forward to encouraging the administration to explore alternate methods of identifying the learning gaps now deepened by the pandemic and supporting/voting to allocate the resources needed to address these gaps.
2. Aging Buildings - Our elementary project has been put on hold due to the events of the past year. As a civil engineer and sr. project manager in construction, I believe I am well positioned to get that project back on track and communicate concerns as well as opportunities to the administration to bring the project to a safe and timely completion.
3. Charter Reform - I will stand strong with other members of the board and the district as we work to bring understanding and change to cyber and charter school funding. I am not opposed to charter schools but I do believe strongly that they should be held to the same rules and financial accountability as our district. Successful charter reform could save the district a substantial amount of money.
Date of Birth
February 12, 1966
Bachelors Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Masters in Education Penn State.
Two terms as a Director for the Bellefonte Area School District Board of Education, four years in board leadership. Currently District Representative on the IU 10 Intermediate Unit Board of Directors, where I Chair the Finance and Facilities Committee.
Four years ago I ran on building a track and renovating Rogers stadium and am so grateful that we were able to accomplish this. We have initiated the process of upgrading our elementary schools and I very much would hope to use my experience with the track and stadium to help see this project through. We similarly need to ensure the availability of advanced technology for all students to ensure equal educational access.
As we start to come out from under Covid we need to refocus on addressing mainstream learning gaps at all levels, which have increased due to the pandemic, as well as enhancing the identification of special needs and gifted students, with an easier and quicker path for testing and IEP development. Finally, ensuring the education of the whole student to include, but not limited to fine arts, clubs, athletic and non-athletic opportunities.
Date of Birth
I would promote civil discussion versus heated hostility among board members. A sense of unity is necessary for the benefit of the students. I believe that music and art programs help develop young minds and expand their thinking. Preserving these will prepare our students to face their future better. In light of the pandemic, we need to do a better job at educating our children when challenges arise that disrupt their normal classroom studies. Online classes have to deal with more distractions for the students and make it difficult for the teachers to determine if the students are actively participating.
Date of Birth
March 27, 1999
Bellefonte Area High School, Class of 2017
Penn State, Class of 2020
Penn State, Class of 2022
Bachelor of Science in Education and Public Policy; Relevant advising experience at the collegiate level
1) Equitable Education: The debate surrounding the Red Raider mascot has shown more of the cracks within our curriculum and the depth we need to go in the classroom over what the mascot of the district should be. Equitable education is important to ensure that we are preparing students to go into the world with the knowledge they need to be caring and contributing members of society. Finally, an argument against stripping the name Red Raiders has been "educate not eradicate." If this is something the community is truly passionate about, we need to enhance our education to be equitable to all races and their experiences.
2) Accessibility: As a member of the board, I will research opportunities to expand broadband to areas that don't have it, and advocate for policies such as universal pre-k, and universal free and reduced lunch.
3) Listen to the constituents: give students space to ask for change within the school. They are the ones that we vote on behalf of, and they deserve a voice.
Date of Birth
February 1, 1975
Bellefonte High School, 1993;
B.S. Elem. Ed., Indiana University of PA, 1998;
M. Ed. Indiana University of PA, 2001
I am a 1993 graduate of Bellefonte High School. I have experience in teaching 6th through 12th grade in an alternative education setting. I also have experience teaching in a private, residential group home for adjudicated girls. I have experience in mental health and substance abuse counseling as well as with adjudicated males, ages 12-21. I currently work with individuals with disabilities in a local day center. I also have two children in the district, Lillian (15) and Jackson (13).
Andrea Royer for Bellefonte School Board, Win4Bellefonte
If elected to the Bellefonte School Board, my top three priorities are:
To look at identification and testing regulations for special needs and gifted students. Often times students get overlooked, resulting in delays with testing, proper placement and IEPs. Better processes are needed to assure that every student experiences success in education!
To investigate the availability of advanced technology for all. This would include further training for our staff to teach, prepare and advance our students for the constantly changing world of technology.
To advance education of the whole student; that includes opportunities for students to participate in Fine Arts, Clubs, Athletics and Non-Athletics. Our responsibility is to provide the best education and extra-curricular activities that help students grow into well-rounded, young adults, ready to adapt to the world around them.