Q & A with Donna (Aylsworth) Arrowood
By Steven Hoffman
Q: How long have you lived in the Oxford Area School District?
A: I am a lifelong resident of the Oxford Area School District.
Q: How long have you served on the Oxford School Board?
A: This is my fourth year serving on the board. I have been president for the last two years.
Q: What accomplishments or improvements has the Oxford Area School District had during your time on the board?
A: We gained a well-qualified Superintendent and a well-qualified Assistant Superintendent to lead our district. We are implementing updated programs and updated policies. We have brought back cursive handwriting for students in third and fourth grades. We have kept our property tax increases to a minimum without cutting programs. We are currently in a good financial position for the increased costs the district will be facing. We have reached an agreement with the Oxford Area Education Association. We also followed through with a suggestion of former board member Kurt Haegele and named the high school auditorium the James S. Herr Auditorium.
Q: Can you tell us about your professional background?
A: I am a graduate of Oxford Area High School and Goldey Beacom. While attending school, I spent several summers working in the high school and administration offices. After I graduated, I worked in the Business Office of the school district for approximately 30 years with a 10-year break in service to stay home with my children.
Q: What other qualifications, professional experiences, or service to the community should voters know about?
A: I have a real working knowledge of this school district. Knowledge gained as a member of the community, a student, a parent, a member of the Home and School Association and especially as an employee. The Oxford Area School District has been a major part of my life.
Q: What would be some of your priorities if you were re-elected to the Oxford School Board?
A: The safety of our students and staff needs to be our top priority. We need to continue to fill any vacancies with well-qualified people. The board will be negotiating contracts or agreements with our support staff and our administrators within the next two years. We also need to continue keeping any real estate tax increase as small as possible without cutting educational programs.