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Starting Out: A Seat on the School Board

Jan 21, 2021 • 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

What it Takes to be Elected and Fulfill the Responsibilities

During this session, which will be held virtually on the Zoom platform, PSBA will cover the core considerations for candidates that are contemplating running for school board. Attendees will gain a greater understanding of this governmental position to better evaluate if they want to pursue this elected role. Topics covered will include the basic school director roles and responsibilities, along with what to expect if elected, coming firsthand from experienced school directors. The panel discussion will address the nuances and procedural steps of getting on the ballot.

All are welcome to attend.


Roberta M. Marcus, Retired School Director, Past PSBA President, Consultant-in-Residence
Roberta M. Marcus serves as the consultant-in-residence for PSBA. As a past president and the former co-chair of the Principles for Effective Governance and Leadership Committee, she contributes her experience, training and knowledge on board directors’ roles and responsibilities. Her accreditations include PSBA’s Chief Executive Officer’s Distinguished Service Pin, Accredited School Director Leader (Retired) and the Allwein Advocacy Award. She was awarded the Parkland School District Superintendent’s Parkland Pride Award. Marcus served 20 years as an elected school board director for the Parkland School District, where she served multiple times as president, vice president, chair of several committees and liaison to the Community Advisory Council.


Kathy Swope, Retired School Director, Past PSBA President, Educator-in-Residence
Kathy Swope is a self-employed education and governance consultant with over 20 years of experience as a school director in Lewisburg Area School District, with 12 of those years served as president. Swope is also a past president of PSBA. She was elected to PSBA's governing board in various capacities for eleven years by school boards across Pennsylvania. She has served as chair of the PSBA Insurance Trust Board, as a PA Public Education Foundation Trustee, on the United Way Early Investment Committee of the Susquehanna River Valley (chair of Champions of Education Initiative), and as VP of the Union County Historical Society. Swope holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Susquehanna University.


Stuart Knade, PSBA Senior Director of Legal Services
PSBA Senior Director of Legal Services Stuart L. Knade, Esq., leads the association’s legal team and oversees judicial advocacy, member legal information and other legal services. He has worked with the association since 1998. Knade is an experienced public school solicitor, defense litigator and appellate advocate. He has represented public school entities and their officials in numerous state and federal lawsuits involving a wide variety of civil rights, employment, contract, local taxation and other school governance issues.


Dr. Dana Bedden (Centennial School District), Superintendent
In September 2020, Dr. Bedden, began his tenure as the Superintendent of Schools for Centennial School District (CSD).  Prior to joining CSD, he served as the superintendent of Boyertown Area School District where he led the school district's efforts to meet the needs of a changing school district, fiscal challenges and systems thinking while also maintaining an academic performance that meets or exceeds the current performance standards outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. During that time, Dr. Bedden was able to successfully negotiate a new teachers’ contract, a new transportation contract, settle the unresolved stadium renovations, lead the district through a facility rightsizing/boundary rezoning process, and end the fiscal years with a budget excess. The work in Boyertown also included efforts to introduce and implement social-emotional learning and trauma-informed schools. He is a steering committee member and instructional facilitator for AASA/Howard University Urban Superintendents Academy. His education career also includes service as a high school principal, subschool principal, director of athletics, and middle school teacher. He has extensive experience serving on local, state and national committees, boards of community and business organizations as well as several professional associations.


David J. Hein (Parkland School District), School Director
David J. Hein is a two-term member of the Parkland School Board who currently serves as its president. He has held the position of vice president, is a member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee and has also served in various capacities on the Personnel and Finance and Academics, Arts and Athletics Committees. Hein also serves on the Joint Operating Committee of the Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI) and is the current vice chairman. He is a member of several committees at LCTI and has served as treasurer. Hein is the president-elect of the PSBA Governing Board and served as the vice president in 2020. Hein is also PSBA’s representative on the School Safety and Security Committee (a committee under the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency).


Lena Hannah (South Fayette School District), School Director
Lena Hannah, a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University in law and society, is currently a school board member in the South Fayette School District and has served in the role for nine years. She has served as both a PTA president and vice president in the South Fayette School District. She has been awarded from the SFEPTA, the Lifetime Membership Award and The Child Advocate Award. She has been an active and strong advocate for more than 20 years for students, families, administrators, teachers and staff. She is the founder of the G.I.R.L.s' Night Out Program, established in 2010, that helps girls in the South Fayette School District transition from middle school to high school and, subsequently, high school to college. She attended the first ever United State of Women Summit on behalf of the White House in June 2016 as a nominated Community Change Maker. She is married to Leo and has three children.

Cost: Free registration is required so that we can send you a Zoom link to join.

Registration: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HhliIwu3RYq-q03A6LvN1g


Jan 21, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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