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New Hampton school board member sworn in Dec. 4

| Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
Jill Hamlin
Jill Hamlin

Jill Hamlin will be sworn in as the newest Hampton Township School Board member at the board's Dec. 4 meeting held at the Hampton Township Middle School library.

The reorganization and voting meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Former board member, Cathy Lueers' term expired this year, with her last meeting Nov. 13. She decided not to run again.

With Pennsylvania school board terms lasting four years, Lueers said she elected to serve for only one term.

“I have sought to make positive contributions in working thoughtfully and collegially with fellow board members in our engagement with the administration and the community voters who elected me to serve. At the end of my term, I will segue into aligning my skills in other ways where I can be of service,” Lueers said.

At the meeting, the superintendent and board expressed gratitude for Lueers' commitment over the past four years.

“She has been an invaluable board member,” said Board President Bryant Wesley II.

Lueers has four daughters, of whom all are Hampton graduates. She will still be serving on the Hampton Alliance for Educational Excellence.

Hamlin has been a resident since 2010 with her husband, Brian, to whom she has been married for almost 25 years. Her children are: Brian, 21, who is a 2014 Hampton graduate and is a senior at Syracuse University; Hannah, 19, who is a 2015 graduate and is now a junior at Centre College in Kentucky; Harrison in 10th grade; and twins Gavan and Greta who are in sixth grade at Central Elementary.

Hamlin graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in 1992 and worked in human resources and social services. She then left her that job to raise her children in 1996.

She has served on the HAEE from 2013 to 2016, first as secretary, then as a 5K race co-chair and is active in both the parent teacher organizations at both the high school and Central.

Hamlin is president and co-founder of the HHS musical theater booster group, CATS, and is assistant coach for Girls On The Run at Central.

Once Hamlin decided to run for the school board, she said she has been keeping abreast of ongoing and recent school issues, in addition to regularly attending its meetings.

And after serving for seven years in various capacities at her children's schools she “was ready for a broader utilization of my dedication to service.”

She is particularly focused on accessibility, letting the community know that she and fellow board members are there to hear “thoughts, concerns and ideas.”

“It's a very exciting time in our district, with changes under way and on the horizon. Areas that will need much attention, focus and discussion are the 1:1 digital transformation that has been rolled out this year, the merits of delaying the start of our school day, and the renovations to our high school. I am looking forward to working on all these projects with our community, administrators, teachers, and fellow board members,” Hamlin said.

She also noted she would like to work with the administration to maximize collaboration with parents' particularly in regard to the special needs' community.

In addition to serving on the HAEE board, Lueers owns My 4-year plan, a professional college planning company that assists parents and high school students in simplifying the college planning process, and saving them money through customized strategies, she said.

Many of her clients are in the North Hills, and especially Hampton, enabling her to continue serving the district “in a tangible and impactful way,” she said.

“It's just such an awesome district to be a part of,” said Lueers.

Lueers noted that while there is value in having long-time members on the school board because of the historical perspective they bring, “it is important to look to new candidates with fresh ideas as a catalyst for the future of education in the district.”

Natalie Beneviat is a Tribune-Review contributor.

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