Judy Wheaton is reacting to being chosen as this year's president of the Millcreek Township School Board at their meeting on Monday, and leading the newly assembled board.
"I think it's going to be a great change. I think it's always good to have new people with new ideas. So hey, we're going to make it a good year."
Plagued by one financial blow after another, the Wheaton is looking to change the district direction in 2014, by focusing on academics, being more transparent and engaging the public in what she's calling a president's community committee.
"I need to sit down over Christmas break, and think about who are going to the people who are thinkers. Who are going to be the people who can bring something to the district and think about moving forward in a positive way."
Two returning members, Mike Kobylka and John DiPlacido, and two new comers, Donna Reese and John Pitzer, were sworn in during Monday night's meeting.
Reese will be seeing thing from the other side of the table this year. She's been very vocal during the district's hardships, and offers her way of righting the ship.
"We can't just keep saying we don't know where the money is, and we can't just keep shrugging our shoulders. We can't do that anymore. We have to have very, very close tabs on where the money is, where it came from and where it's going."
Pitzer agrees that finances need to be taken care of. He said he's ready to bring in new suggestions.
"Taking the time to look at the line item, look at the budget, the line item, and seeing exactly where the money is going. If we're looking at something and it's five million, well where is that money going, who's spending it, who's okaying it, who's writing the check for that."
DiPlacido was also voted once again to be the board's vice president.