Bellefonte board fills vacant seat
By CHRIS MORELLI
BELLEFONTE — The Bellefonte school board has a new member.
Earlier this week, the board approved Christopher Morelli of Bellefonte to fill the seat vacated by the retirement of Dr. Lorraine Mulfinger. She resigned from the board on July 16. Morelli’s appointment was effective Aug. 13. He will serve until Dec. 3, the date of the board’s re-orgizational meeting.
Morelli, who works at Penn State in the Applied Research Lab, recently relocated to Bellefonte from Hershey. Morelli said that he enjoys volunteering in the community where he resides.
“Volunteering is something everyone should participate in within their community if they have time,” Morelli said. “There is always a need and I believe it always worth doing. When I saw the need for help on the board, I decided to use my prior school board experience to help the district.”
Morelli served a term as school director in the Derry Township School District. During his four-year term, he served as committee chair, board vice-president, board president and was on the joint operating board of the Dauphin County Technical School.
“I’m confident I can contribute day one toward this immediate district needs for the next few months,” Morelli said.
After being selected, Morelli said that he was thrilled to be choosen.
“I’m very thankful to the board for allowing me the privilege of helping them and the district,” he said. “I respect anyone that has chosen educating our children as a career and any resident willing to donate many hours of their time serving on the board.”
Morelli said that he has three goals during his time on the board — focus on safety for students and all district personnel; help and work with the board and superintendent wherever needed; participate in administering operating decisions and project approval and oversight.
He elaborated on those goals.
“Financial issues will always impact districts in this day and age and Bellefonte is no different. Providing a top quality education for our children in a safe environment is key, while balancing our fiduciary responsibilities to the community. Keeping that pendulum in the center is not an easy task, but always the goal,” Morelli noted.
This week, Bellefonte opened Rogers Stadium for a special “Light Up The Field” event. It was held on Monday and Wednesday, but rained out on Tuesday night. Morelli had a chance to check out the new-and-improved Rogers Stadium and was impressed with the facility.
“The old facility was indeed a slice of Americana, but badly in need of an upgrade,” Morelli said. “I viewed the new venue (Wednesday) night and it is something the community can be proud of. I have seen a lot of high school athletic facilities and Bellefonte’s is right up there with the best. The multi-use aspect of the field and track should serve the school and community for generations.”
Morelli lives in Bellefonte with his wife, Lisa. He has two grown sons.