About the School BoardUPPER DUBLIN SCHOOL DIRECTOR Upper Dublin Schools serve 4,100 students and employ a professional staff of 380 with similar numbers of support staff. The 2016-17 budget was $95 million with 82% coming from local revenue. The state contributes 17% mainly for pension payments, and the contribution from the federal government is minor. Only one candidate for UD School Board is an incumbent. Joe Chmielewski, Michael Resnick and Nita Hester, representing 36 years of service, are not seeking reelection. These are big shoes to fill. Stan Ropski is well known in UD having been Commissioner of ward 7. He brings knowledge of local government, relationships with area legislators, and expertise in operations and facilities to the board. Amy Francek is a speech & language pathologist for a neighboring district. She has served on various committees for the schools. Her special interests are strategic planning, communications and budgeting. Mark Sirota, 4-year incumbent, brings expertise in technology, finance and operations. His UD resume includes: contract negotiations, technology upgrades, review of gifted programming, and facilities decisions for Sandy Run Middle School. Titia Scherpbier teaches math at a neighboring district. She brings classroom experience and interest in curriculum to the board. She has actively volunteered in the schools and community for years. Among them, the group has 5 students currently in UD schools and 4 recent graduates.