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Dutrow seeks second term on Tyrone Area School Board

Two years ago, Pete Dutrow, a retired teacher, coach and athletic director at the Tyrone Area School District, ran a write-in campaign and won a two-year seat on the Tyrone Area School Board. Now, Dutrow seeks a full four-year term.
“Having been in education and having five kids and now my grandchildren go through the school district in Tyrone, I feel I have something to offer,” said Dutrow. “I feel the education process is extremely important. I enjoy serving on the school board and would like to continue to serve.”
The most pressing issue facing the Tyrone School District according to Dutrow is No Child Left Behind.
“I have tried to be involved as much as possible with the No Child Left Behind,” said Dutrow. “Being an educator for most of my adult life, I believe that expectations need to be high, but also need to be attainable. We did very well last year as a district, but we had excellent students who were doing the testing. It is forcing teachers to teach to the test. As a parent, I believe the whole child has to be taught not just focused on the performance of one test. The problem is that the reimbursement is based on the performance on the test. I think we are doing a great job preparing the students mentally for what this test means. I feel that this issue needs to be addressed at the national level.”
The Tyrone School District recently had its first test of the new Drug Awareness policy that was passed this past August.
“I believe that our policies concerning drugs is stringent enough,” said Dutrow. “We have worked a long time on them. I feel very strongly that we need to do something about our drug and alcohol problem. I believe that our policy has given the administration flexibility to deal with cases individually. There are some kids who make a mistake and there are some kids who are deeply involved. This policy takes this into account. The policy will need refined as we go along. We need to look at what other districts are doing and if we feel they are doing something better than we are, we need to adopt that.”
Dutrow believes that the population trend in the school will be changing soon and the need for a new middle school should be a priority.
“There is a serious emphasis on early childhood education and we will need the space for that in the elementary school,” said Dutrow.
“We need more class room space and this will create a true middle school for grades five through eight. The students will have their own cafeteria, LGI room and gymnasium. With the municipalities offering tax abatement and the completion of Interstate 99, the school district will grow.
“You are already seeing people coming in. The cost of living in State College is causing people to move in this direction. More people are living here and working in State College. The addition will be in the best interest of the students and it will not add to the tax burden. I believe that it is absolutely necessary.”
Dutrow would like to continue his service to the school board.
“I will continue to do what is in the best interest of the children which is my priority one,” said Dutrow. “I am not afraid to ask questions and I ask a lot when we are in the discussion stage of an issue. I stay abreast on the issues. I am a dedicated and committed member of the board who will do what is in the best interest of the children first, but will also do what I can to help the taxpayers.”
Dutrow will appear on both the Republican and Democratic ballot in the November election.

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Dutrow seeks second term on Tyrone Area School Board

Two years ago, Pete Dutrow, a retired teacher, coach and athletic director at the Tyrone Area School District, ran a write-in campaign and won a two-year seat on the Tyrone Area School Board. Now, Dutrow seeks a full four-year term.
“Having been in education and having five kids and now my grandchildren go through the school district in Tyrone, I feel I have something to offer,” said Dutrow. “I feel the education process is extremely important. I enjoy serving on the school board and would like to continue to serve.”
The most pressing issue facing the Tyrone School District according to Dutrow is No Child Left Behind.
“I have tried to be involved as much as possible with the No Child Left Behind,” said Dutrow. “Being an educator for most of my adult life, I believe that expectations need to be high, but also need to be attainable. We did very well last year as a district, but we had excellent students who were doing the testing. It is forcing teachers to teach to the test. As a parent, I believe the whole child has to be taught not just focused on the performance of one test. The problem is that the reimbursement is based on the performance on the test. I think we are doing a great job preparing the students mentally for what this test means. I feel that this issue needs to be addressed at the national level.”
The Tyrone School District recently had its first test of the new Drug Awareness policy that was passed this past August.
“I believe that our policies concerning drugs is stringent enough,” said Dutrow. “We have worked a long time on them. I feel very strongly that we need to do something about our drug and alcohol problem. I believe that our policy has given the administration flexibility to deal with cases individually. There are some kids who make a mistake and there are some kids who are deeply involved. This policy takes this into account. The policy will need refined as we go along. We need to look at what other districts are doing and if we feel they are doing something better than we are, we need to adopt that.”
Dutrow believes that the population trend in the school will be changing soon and the need for a new middle school should be a priority.
“There is a serious emphasis on early childhood education and we will need the space for that in the elementary school,” said Dutrow.
“We need more class room space and this will create a true middle school for grades five through eight. The students will have their own cafeteria, LGI room and gymnasium. With the municipalities offering tax abatement and the completion of Interstate 99, the school district will grow.
“You are already seeing people coming in. The cost of living in State College is causing people to move in this direction. More people are living here and working in State College. The addition will be in the best interest of the students and it will not add to the tax burden. I believe that it is absolutely necessary.”
Dutrow would like to continue his service to the school board.
“I will continue to do what is in the best interest of the children which is my priority one,” said Dutrow. “I am not afraid to ask questions and I ask a lot when we are in the discussion stage of an issue. I stay abreast on the issues. I am a dedicated and committed member of the board who will do what is in the best interest of the children first, but will also do what I can to help the taxpayers.”
Dutrow will appear on both the Republican and Democratic ballot in the November election.