Lee McCracken

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Lee McCracken

Board President 

Lee McCracken is in his first term as a Grove City Area School District board member.  He assumed office in December 2019, where he was elected as President of the Board for the 2020 calendar year.

Lee is a graduate of Grove City Area School District (1981).  He then attended and graduated from Grove City College (1986) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting. Lee also has a Master of Science in Accounting degree from Grove City College (1997). 

“Our district has improved in many ways over the past few years.  I am honored to have been elected to be President of the board and will work with all of the other board members to improve our district and make it the best that it can be.” 

Lee currently serves as the President of a national energy management firm that is headquartered in Grove City.  He lives in Grove City Borough with his wife and has three children who are in their twenties.

Lee’s term on the board will expire in December 2023

 Ryan Thomas

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Ryan Thomas

Board Vice President

Board Vice President Ryan Thomas is in his first term as a Grove City Area School District board member.  He assumed office in December 2019.

Educated in the Grove City Area School District, Mr. Thomas earned a B.S. in Entrepreneurship from Grove City College.

 “I’ve grown up in Grove City and lived here my whole life.  I just want to do my part to give back to the community I love by volunteering my time on our school board”.

“I have been married to my wife, Loni, for 8 years.  We have a son, Declan who is 4 years old and a daughter, Charlotte, who is 2.”

Mr. Thomas’s current term on the Board will expire in December 2023.

 Raymond Abplanalp

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Raymond Abplanalp

 Awaiting completion

 Heather Baker

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Heather Baker

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 Douglas Gerwick

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Douglas Gerwick

Douglas Gerwick is in his first term as a Grove City Area School District board member.  He assumed office in December 2019.

Educated in the Allegheny-Clarion Valley School District, Mr. Gerwick earned a BA in History from Clarion University of PA, his JD at Duquesne University School of Law, and certifications in Labor Arbitration and Labor Mediation from Cornell University Scheinman Institute.

“I first became interested in public service during my years at Clarion University. During which time I served as a school director at A-C Valley from December 1987 to December 1990. After law school, I was appointed to a vacancy as a magisterial district judge in Emlenton and was elected that same year to a first of three terms. I worked closely with our local school districts on student issues such as truancy, alcohol and tobacco abuse. I enjoyed going into the classrooms and sharing information on the legal system with students. Students that had been cited for alcohol related issues were made to read “Izzy Willy Nilly” by Cynthia Voight. I believe that my experience as a school director and magisterial district judge will help me serve our district. I wish to help our students achieve their fullest potential while ensuring that we also stay aware of the needs of the taxpayers.”

Mr. Gerwick’s wife, is Michelle and he has two children. One in high school and one a college freshman.

Mr. Gerwick’s current term on the Board will expire in December 2023. 

Dr. Constance Nichols

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Dr. Constance Nichols

Dr. Constance Nichols is in her second term as a Grove City Area School District board member.  She assumed office in October 2017. 

Educated in the North Allegheny School District, Dr. Nichols earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Grove City College, a M.S. in Reading and Language Arts from Duquesne University and a Doctorate in Instruction of Learning from the University of Pittsburgh. 

"It is a great honor to serve alongside my fellow school directors on the Grove City Area School Board as a member of the board, and the President for 2018.  I have devoted my professional life to education across private and public sectors for twenty-five years."

"I first became aware of the Grove City Area School District as a student of Grove City College studying education, and student taught at Hillview Elementary.  After graduating from Grove City College, I worked in both private and public schools as a teacher and reading specialist.  While working I continued my education pursuing advanced degrees in areas related to literacy cognition and learning.  I joined the faculty of Grove City College in 2001.  At Grove City College I have served as a faculty member and Chair of the Education Department.  My professional highlights have included being honored as the ODK professor of the year at GCC and being appointed by Gov. Tom Corbett as the sole faculty representative in Pennsylvania on the Governor's Commission for Accessibility and Affordability in Education.  I am active in several professional and community organizations including the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges of Teacher Educators, the HOPE Center for Arts and Technology, and the Synergy Community Foundation."

"Serving on the board here at Grove City Area School District is a special honor.  It is my hope that through collaborative leadership and thoughtful deliberations we can serve all of our children and families with distinction, and ensure an excellent education for the children of our community now and in the future."

Dr. Nichols and her husband, Steve, have three children who attend Grove City Area Schools, twin boys who attend the high school, and a daughter at the middle school.

Dr. Nichols' current term on the Board will expire in December 2023.

As a member of the GCASD School Board Dr. Nichols has taken advantage of online training offered through the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (www.PSBA.org).  Her completed PSBA training areas may be viewed here:  

https://backpack.psba.org/recipient/13ed553a-9a97-11e8-95e9-005056af24b7/b818cb60-bc39-11e8-ab24-2a6f11684a3e

In October 2018 Dr. Nichols attended the PSBA Leadership Conference as a representative of the board.  Her notes and resources gathered while at the conference can be found here: 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1yHphn6nJQd1fghhUTl0baBg9yHH5H_2UbG8MoWhwCyA/edit?usp=sharing

Dr. Armando C. Sciullo

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Dr. Armando C. Sciullo

Board Member Dr. Armando Sciullo is in his second term as a Grove City Area School District board member.  He assumed office in 2016. 

Educated in a Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Dr. Sciullo earned a B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh and a D.O. from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  He completed his Surgical Residency at UPMC Horizon and is a fellow of the College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

"I have served this community for the last 15 years as a physician and have met great individuals involved in our educational system over the years.  I felt it was time to get behind them and move our school district forward."

Dr. Sciullo and his wife, Beth, have three children. Two that are in the elementary and one that attends the middle school.

Dr. Sciullo's current term on the Board will expire in December 2023.

 J. Scott Somora

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J. Scott Somora

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 Patty Wilson

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Patty Wilson

Board Member Patty Wilson is in her first term as a Grove City Area School District board member.  She assumed office in December 2016.

Educated in the Grove City Area School District, Ms. Wilson earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from Grove City College, M.S. of Education in School Counseling from Youngstown State University and a M.A. of Education as a Reading Specialist from Slippery Rock University.

Ms. Wilson has 27 years of experience working in the educational system.  She is a retired school counselor from the Grove City Area School District. 

"Having worked in public education for 27 years I am convinced that is vital to a thriving democracy.  Public education does not get to pick and choose who comes through the classroom doors.  Where else do you from different socioeconomic, religious and ethnic backgrounds have such an opportunity work and play together?"

"As a board member, I promise to support sound, research based, educational opportunities for all students and to be a wise steward of our taxpayers' dollars.  All of my decisions will be based on my convicition that a strong public school has a moral imperative to, first and foremost, provide the very best education our students deserve."

"I am thankful that I have been given this opportunity to give back to the community I so love."

"As a member of the community, I am proud of the education my son and I received from this District."

Ms. Wilson's current term on the Board will expire in December 2021.