It's no secret that the Millcreek Township School District has experienced some issues this past year. With audits, financial short falls and budget cuts in the recent months, many residents say they've had enough.
Now, those residents will have a chance to make a change this November. Four of the nine seats on the board are up for grabs. However, three candidates have pretty much secured their seat. They are Donna Reese, John Pitzer and current board member Mike Kobylka.
The two candidates that are squaring off for that final open spot are current board member John DiPlacido and Lou Aliota.
"We need to get more policies, we need to get more procedures in place so that we don't have the issues we have now," said DiPlacido.
"The accountability has to be there. Someone has to be accountable for what the school district is doing," said Aliota.
DiPlacido is currently serving in his first term on the board. He's been there for the roller coaster ride of the past 18 months. He said he's made each decision based on what's best for the students.
"The first thing that we need to do, and we have done and we will continue to do, is make sure the students get the education they need. That's my #1 priority. That has not changed a bit."
Aliota was one of the driving forces behind the grassroots group No New McDowell, who were against the building of a new school. He also claims he's responsible for bringing the district's financial wrong doings to the state's attention.
"We have yet to have, and now this is three months into the school year, an official treasury report. And we're still waiting for it."
Both candidates believe they've got what it takes, to get the district back on track.
Also there Wednesday night was Millcreek Supervisor candidate John Groh. He and current supervisor Joe Kujawa will face off at their own debate on November 1 at the Millcreek Township Building.