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“Where everyone is inspired and challenged to excel.”
Photo- Kelly Urbani

Message from Principal Urbani

Hello, I’m Kelly Urbani, and I have been Principal of Ben Franklin Elementary School since 2017.  At Ben Franklin, we have a team of dedicated professionals who are devoted to our students and each other. The incredible support we receive from our parents clearly indicates that a high-quality education is valued and supported at the homes in our community. I consider it a privilege to lead a school with such outstanding students, teachers, support staff, custodial team, cafeteria crew, bus drivers, and families!
I earned my Bachelor of Science in Education from Edinboro State University of Pennsylvania.  I received a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University, and later went on to obtain Principal Certification at their institution. Staying true to my desire to be a lifelong learner, I am currently enrolled at Mount Saint Joseph where I’m working to earn a Reading Science Certificate.  
Prior to Ben Franklin Elementary, I worked as a primary teacher with Temecula Valley Unified School District in the state of California.  I made the decision to move back home and was lucky enough to become a 1st Grade teacher at my alma mater - Ligonier Valley School District.  I later became an Assistant Elementary School Principal at neighboring Marion Center Area before landing at Indiana Area School District.   
Ben Franklin is a vibrant learning community with dedicated, professional staff committed to making our school an exceptional place to learn and work together. I love being in classrooms and interacting with students as they learn new concepts or tackle a project together. I also thoroughly enjoy learning and growing with our staff as we work to provide the best school experience possible for our students.
Outside of school, I love reading, baking, walking our Golden Retriever, and spending time with my wonderful family.  I enjoy visiting my children, Dominic and Mia, who are attending college at Allegheny and John Carroll University. 
I would be happy to share more information or answer any questions about Ben Franklin Elementary. Thank you for visiting our website!
Every time I walk through the doors of our school, I think “It’s a great day to be a Ben Franklin Hero!” 
Kelly Urbani, Principal

In the News

Art Camps 2022

The Indiana Art Association Pesents the 2022 Summer Art Camps

Arts Camp is open to students from first grade through the senior high (the grade the student has just
finished). Students will be grouped by grades in gatherings of no more than 20 Campers in a class. We
offer, Art, Music, and Theater classes. Students may sign up for the week long workshop for $150
grades 1-6 $170 grades 7-12. We will provide a supervised snack and restroom break in the
morning between classes. All students will stay on campus all day and should pack a lunch as well as a
snack if they have special dietary needs. Drop off time will be at 9:00am in front of the upper
commons, pick up will be in the same place for elementary at 2:30pm and 4:00pm for secondary.
*If you must cancel, please notify the director as soon as possible, we will not refund your money after
July 1st
. Deadline for registration is July 1st

. We take pictures and videos for publicity purposes and
the final performance– Please note on the registration form/waiver if you allow your child’s picture or
video to be used in our publicity - Arts Camp Facebook page or private Youtube channel. For more
information or registration forms/waivers check out our Facebook page Arts Camp Indiana, PA or call
Trish Dodson (724)465-9322.

Summer Kids’ Program

Activities include:  science experiments, gardening & cooking, team building, sports, music, art, animals, presentations by community leaders and volunteers!
The Footlight Players

The Footlight Players Youth Day Camp at IUP

YAY, let's PLAY. The much beloved FOOTLIGHT PLAYERS Youth Theatre program will be back at Waller Hall on the IUP campus this summer.
June 27-July 16 IUP's Theatre Dance and Performance department will once again provide a Monday-Friday 9:00-4:00 day camp for young people who wish to explore their creativity through theatre and musical theatre.
Free and reduced lunch applications

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

Please read the article to learn more about the ending of the free lunch waiver program decision made by Congress and what you can do to apply for free/reduced breakfast/lunch options.

2022-23 Pre-K Registration is Now Open

IASD is now accepting applications for our free Pre-K Counts Program for the 2022-23 School Year. Please follow the link or scan the QR code to apply.
2022-23 Kindergarten Registration

2022-23 Kindergarten Registration is Now Open!

Kindergarten Registration for the upcoming 2022-23 School Year is now open. Please follow the link to enroll your child before May 6, 2022, and someone will contact you to to schedule you for a screening and orientation.

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