A strong group of four candidates, bringing years of experience in education, service, and business, applied for the Upper Adams School District (UASD) board position being vacated by Elaine Jones. In the interviews the candidates stressed their dedication, their love of learning, and their dedication to the mission of UASD.
The temporary position is for one year.
The candidates were Kathleen Mattson, Natalie Bishop, Bob Gano, and Bruce Hollabaugh. After five rounds of ranking the board selected Hollabaugh.
After the first round of voting, having received only one first-place vote, Bishop withdrew her name. After the third round of voting, in which board members only selected their top candidate, the board narrowly voted to eliminate Gano from consideration. Finally, in the fifth round of voting, six members supported Hollabaugh over two for Mattson.
Hollabaugh manages production at the Hollabaugh Brothers Inc. in Biglerville. “Working with people is a strength of mine. I’m fair, honest, and I take the time to listen to people. I am not afraid to speak up or speak out,” said Hollabaugh.
Hollabaugh said he had been interested in serving on the school board since the oldest of his children started school. “As my kids have grown I felt that this might be the right time. I feel called to do it to support my children.
Talking about this experience with prior boards, the experience he got working at the Hollabaugh market, and his devotion to his children, Hollabaugh emphasized the need to learn and his awareness of the difficulty the board faced in following state guidelines. Hollabaugh was frank about the issues GASD faced, saying “When there’s not enough you cut things until you can pay the bills. The bottom line rules the roost. You have to diversify and go with the flow if you’re going to be successful.”
Doll reminded each of the candidates that the job of the school board is to provide guidance and governance while the job of the school staff is to administer the district. Doll said it was frequently difficult for board members to navigate this distinction.
The board also held its annual reorganization meeting, unanimously reelecting Wilson as president and Ron Ebbert as vice president.
I appreciate the confidence the board has expressed in me. It’s a first among equals. I’m honored to be part of this board,” said Wilson.
The board also assigned committee memberships