TIONESTA, Pa. – Forest Area School District Superintendent Amanda E. Hetrick took the oath of office on Nov. 17 to begin her term on the Pennsylvania State Board of Education.
Magisterial District Judge Daniel Miller of the 37th Judicial District of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania administered the oath to Hetrick at the Forest County Courthouse. She will serve on the state board until Oct. 1, 2025.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf nominated Hetrick to serve on the state board, and she was confirmed by the State Senate on Oct. 26
According to the PA Department of Education website, “The Pennsylvania State Board of Education has the power and duty to review and adopt regulations that govern educational policies and principles and establish standards governing the educational programs of the Commonwealth, upon recommendation of its Councils. The Board also has the authority and duty to approve or disapprove an application for the creation of a new school district, or change in the boundaries of an existing school district; establish committees of professional and technical advisors to assist the Councils in performing research studies undertaken by them; manage and have custody of the State School Fund; apply for, receive and administer Federal grants, appropriations, allocations and programs within its purview; adopt policies with regard to institutions of higher education; and, adopt master plans for basic and higher education. The Board also sits as the State Board of Career and Technical Education and in this capacity sets policy and promulgates regulations regarding vocational and technical education in Pennsylvania.
“The State Board of Education engages in a constant review and appraisal of education in the Commonwealth. The Board’s evaluation takes into account such matters as educational objectives, alternative organizational patterns, alternative programs of study, and the operating efficiency of the education system. The chairperson of the State Board refers all studies and investigations to one of its Councils and receives and places on the agenda the findings and recommendations of the Council for appropriate action by the Board.”