"The purpose of the board is to make wise decisions," Hawbaker said.
Hawbaker, of 209 S. Park Avenue, Mercersburg, has lived in the district for 13 years with her husband, Mitchell. She is a member-at-large of the Mercersburg Parent Teacher Organization, a member of the Tuscarora Jaycees and other professional affiliations.
Feeling a responsibility to get involved, Melford "Mel" Kendle, of 5652 Stone Bridge Road, Greencastle, Pa., said his focus will be to provide a quality education while maintaining a conservative attitude.
If elected to the school board, Kendle said he wants to look for different avenues for revenue and maintain a positive relationship among school district personnel.
An electrician, Kendle has lived in the school district for two years. He has a son.
Gerald Landis, of 9363 Orchard Drive, Mercersburg, said one of his priorities as a school board member would be to "protect the interests of the children as well as the taxpayers."
A resident in the district for 38 years, Landis said he'd like to find a more cost effective way of doing business while at the same time making the district attractive to outsiders.
"We must create an educational institution that brings the community together instead of dividing it," he said.
Landis and his wife, Susan, have two children and two grandchildren.
Keeping the taxpayers in mind while providing quality education is one of the issues Roger Price, of 8511 Fort Loudon Road, Mercersburg, is concentrating on in his bid for a school board seat.
Price, who works as a supervisor in the lumber industry and who served on the Metal Township Board of Supervisors for 10 years, said providing a quality education sometimes means paying more money. Contrary to what some believe, Price said he doesn't think there's much waste in the district.
"The number one priority is the quality of education we provide for our children," he said.
Price and his wife, Jorja, have a daughter. They've lived in the district for seven years.
As a mother of two, Jane Rice, of 5701 Hager Road, Greencastle, said she can bring a different perspective to the school board if elected.
A registered nurse, fund raising chairman of Mt. View Parent Teachers Organization, and assistant soccer coach, Rice said school board members need to stay objective and honest and they need to be proactive instead of reactive.
"We need to be held accountable for the decisions we make," Rice said.
Rice and her husband, Richard, have lived in the school district for 34 years.
Ralph Sipes, of 4265 Lemar Road, Mercersburg, said he'd like to volunteer as the liaison between the board and local politicians if elected.
"We need our voice to be heard in Harrisburg," Sipes said, a past Republican committee member and past member of the Franklin County Republican executive committee.
Sipes, a rental property owner and manager, said one of his goals as a board member would be to establish a good public policy in support of public education. He also wants to minimize the use of executive sessions and keep the public informed of board activity.
"The public is feeling kept in the dark," Sipes said.
A resident of the school district for 24 years, Sipes and his wife, Leta, have a daughter.
Wanting to provide a quality education at a reasonable cost is the primary reason Jeffrey Spidel, of 2382 Appleway, St. Thomas, Pa., is running for a seat on the board.
A witness to several "combative" school board meetings in the past, Spidel said he wants to work on the relationships among board members, school administrators and faculty that he believes are breaking down.
"School directors must possess innovative thinking and problem solving skills," he said.
A manager at Grove Worldwide, Spidel has lived in the district for 11 years. He and his wife, Vickie, have four children.
As a certified public accountant, Joseph Tice, of 586 Fort Loudon Road, Mercersburg, said that if elected, his contribution to the board will be focused in part on maintaining high educational standards by putting the "least economic strain on the taxpayer while not damaging the integrity of the educational process."
Tice, who's lived in the district for three years, said he'd like to see more money spent on technology, new books, and other school supplies. He's also in favor of directing an individual to research and obtain grants for the district.