There are seven candidates vying for 3 seats on the Titusville Area School District Board of Education. All seven will be on the primary ballot next Tuesday seeking a spot on the November General Election Ballot. There are also two candidates for one seat on Titusville city Council. Tuesday night at the Benson Memorial Library, six of the school board candidates introduced themselves to school district residents and answered half a dozen questions from moderator Luke Ruot in Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce Meet the Candidates Night event. Only one of the two City Council candidates put in an appearance at the event.
All three incumbents were on hand, Lynn Cressman, Kevin O'Neill and Dwight Proper. Cressman and O'Neill are cross filed Democrat and Republican, while Proper is filed as a Republican Candidate. Challengers James Come, Charlene Eggleston and Jake Jones are also on the primary ballot. Come and Eggleston are Cross filed while Jones is filed as a Republican.
Cressman is a retired Titusville High School English
Teacher running for a two year term. Cressman says
she has the time for the job and loves school and loves
O'Neill is a Titusville native and Titusville High School Graduate. He is completing his second term on the school board serving on the tax and finance committee saying " I feel that I've been part of an integral part of negotiating a couple of contracts amicably."
Proper is a sixteen year veteran of the board. says while he is not an educator, he has a keen interest in "education and supporting it in the commonwealth and here in Titusville.
Challenger Jim Come is a Titusville High School grad having served on the Titusville Planning Commission and the Titusville Alumni Association. He is currently serving on the Titusville Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors and has experience as a math teacher, athletic trainer, director and coach for the district. For Come, it's all about giving back to the community.
Eggleston is a 25 year veteran of work in education as an English instructor and curriculum expert. In her retirement she says she has the time to devote to the job, and has a vision of student success.
Jones is also a Titusville High School grad, class of 2000. He has a young family and moved recently back to the Titusville area. He describes himself as financial conservative and budget minded and is support of the mass customized learning at Hydetown elementary school.
James Roeder, who is also a candidate for school board did not appear.
As to the city council candidates, only incumbent Republican Don Frazier showed up for the q and a. Challenger Keith Bromley did not appear. Both are republicans. Frazier is a Titusville native and Titusville High School grad with a background in engineering and electronics. He says "I love my community" and while he has no specific agenda or vision for the city of Titusville, Frazier says he sees every resident equally and wants to serve each one. Frazier appeared to deflect a couple of questions as to whether municipalities should engage in cooperative inter communication. Asked how he felt about the city reaching out to neighboring communities on issues, programs and proposals of similar interest Frazier explained his stance on Emergency Third Party billing. Third party emergency billing is already in place in Oil City and Meadville recently adopted the program as well. Frazier says he does not want Titusville Citizen s taken advantage of. He further said city manager Larry Manross reached out to many communities as the city searched for a new police chief last year.