UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Extension is offering a web-based seminar for anyone who has ever thought about serving on a school board, borough council or township board.
The webinar, “Toss Your Hat in Ring,” will be offered at three different times. The program provides an overview of Pennsylvania local government and the responsibilities of a township supervisor, a borough council member and a school board director. It also offers instructions on how to run, such as filing a petition, reporting campaign expenses and other important information.
In the session — scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 4, from 1-2:30 p.m. and from 7-8:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 7-8:30 p.m. — a panel of local officials will talk about why they decided to run for office and recount some of their experiences since being elected.
The webinar will not offer campaign tips or strategies; instead it will focus on understanding the roles, responsibilities and personal rewards that come with public service, noted Peter Wulfhorst, Penn State Extension educator and webinar coordinator.
“The people who run our local governments are our friends and neighbors — people just like us,” he said. “While having experience in community leadership helps, you do not need special training or specific experience to serve your township, borough or school district. If you are interested in serving, care about your community and are willing to learn on the job, we offer you this opportunity to learn more before you toss your hat in the ring.”
The fee for the webinar is $25 per person. Details and registration information is available at https://extension.psu.edu/toss-your-hat-in-the-ring-webinar or by contacting Wulfhorst at firstname.lastname@example.org 570-296-3400.
–Jeff Mulhollem, Penn State Extension