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SCHOOL DIRECTORS

Lehigh County School Districts
Municipal Primary Election, May 16, 2017

 

Allentown   Bethlehem Area   Catasauqua Area   East Penn   Northern Lehigh
Northwestern Lehigh    Parkland    Salisbury    Southern Lehigh    Whitehall-Coplay   
 

Candidates for school director may cross file to be on the ballots of both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. They are listed below according to the Democratic ballot order. Candidates who did not cross file are listed after those who will appear on both ballots. School directors are not paid for their service.

 

Candidates in contested races were asked

“What do you view as the major issue in this campaign and how will you address it?”

 

ALLENTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT

City of Allentown except parts of wards 17 and 18

SCHOOL DIRECTOR

(Vote for not more than four; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC / REPUBLICAN  (cross-filed)

Robert Walker

FB: me/RobertWalkerforASDboard

D.O.B.: 1969

EDUCATION: Graduate William Allen High School, 1986; Graduate Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, 1986.

OCCUPATION: Team Supervisor Counter Sales and Small Lighting Projects Champion at Colonial Electric Supply.

QUALIFICATIONS: William Allen Parent Teacher Student Association, Vice President-4years; William Allen Alumni Association, Treasurer; William Allen Touchdown Club – currently in my 6th year of volunteering.

RESPONSE: As we begin to rebuild and restore the Allentown School District, we must do so in a fiscally responsible way. Wasteful spending and high salary buyouts must end. We need to use taxpayer money prudently to give our students the best education possible, while keeping taxes justifiable for homeowners.

 

Sara Jane Brace

D.O.B.: 1984

EDUCATION: Northern Lehigh High School, 2002; B.S. University of Pittsburgh, 2006; M.Ed. DeSales University, 2010

OCCUPATION: Executive Director – Liberty Bell Museum of Allentown

QUALIFICATIONS: Appointed to Allentown School Board, 2017, Upside Allentown-Education Committee, Hamilton District Main Street Program-Marketing Committee, the Rising Sun Initiative Community At Large Honoree, 2014

RESPONSE: A major issue is the amount of money being paid out to charter schools by the public school system. Next school year the Allentown School District is expected to pay more than 40 million dollars to area charter schools. I will continue to work with and support the school district administration with showcasing the positive aspects of the district so parents want to keep their children in their community school with their community peers.

 

DEMOCRATIC BALLOT ONLY

Phoebe D. Harris

FB: MsPhoebe4ASD

D.O.B.: 1965

EDUCATION: Graduate Elkton High School, 1983; Cecil County Vo-Tech, 1983; Attended Cecil College – North East Maryland, 1984; Graduate Tidewater University – Roanoke, VA, 2000.

OCCUPATION: Homemaker

QUALIFICATIONS: Son is currently a student in the Allentown School District who is enrolled in the Special Education Department program; Cecil County Board of Education – Food & Nutrition Department Secretary for Three Years///

RESPONSE: 80% of Allentown School District (ASD) children live below the poverty level. This needs to change, and we need to work to lower this number. The single parent households in the ASD need to be represented as well. A collaborative effort needs to be established between the Allentown City government and the ASD Board of Directors. 80% of the student population in ASD are minority, and I will be the voice for the minority majority.

 

Cheryl Johnson Watts

FB: cheryl4allentown

D.O.B.: 1963

EDUCATION: B.A. Princeton University 1985

OCCUPATION: Financial Advisor

QUALIFICATIONS: Member Princeton Alumni Schools Committee, 1985 – Present;

Fellowship, Association of Public Policy and Management, SUNY at Stony Brook Summer 1984; Peer Tutor Counselor, Upward Bound, (Program for At-Risk Students from Paterson and Passaic NJ) Fairleigh Dickinson University Summer 1983.

RESPONSE: We must prioritize increasing our students’ ability to learn. Our children must be able to read and interpret proficiently at every grade level so they will be equipped to thrive in the 21st century. This means providing every possible resource for success. I will evaluate every decision on programming, policy and purchasing by how it will increase our students’ capacity to learn, first, and will encourage my colleagues to do so as well.

 

Lisa A. Conover

Facebook: People for Lisa Conover

D.O.B.: 1968

EDUCATION: Columbia High School, 1985; Attended the College of NJ, Ewing NJ, Education Administration/Supervision

OCCUPATION: Realtor

QUALIFICATIONS: Education, Community, Youth and Family Advocate. 4 Children in Allentown School District. 19 yr old Physically Handicap son at Dieruff. 16 yr old son completed two year at Dieruff. Now attends PA Cyber Charter a parent choice alternative. 14 yr old daughter, 10 yr old son.

RESPONSE: Setting a Higher Standard is at the top of my list of goals in terms of what is to be accomplished and expected from Allentown School District. We must hold ourselves accountable to ensure nothing less than exceptional progress from our school district, it's administration and schools. It is our responsibility and duty to develop, build and support our children and our schools. The overall milieu of our Board, its Administration, trickled down to the lowest level of our schools must embrace the need for change.

 

BETHLEHEM AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

SCHOOL DIRECTORS AT LARGE

(In Lehigh County, western wards of the City of Bethlehem.
and Borough of Fountain Hill)

Term: 4 years

Vote for not more than three

DEMOCRATIC / REPUBLICAN

(Cross-filed)

Michael E. Faccinetto

BORN: 1978

EDUCATION: Notre Dame High School, 1996; B.S. Penn State University, 2000.

OCCUPATION: Licensed Insurance Agent

QUALIFICATIONS: Bethlehem Area School Director, 8 years; Bethlehem Area Vocational School Director, 8 years; 2017-2018 PSBA President; Pennsylvania School Board Association Governing Board member, 3 years; PSBA Master School Board member; Current graduate student, Lehigh University College of Education, pursuing a future in Educational Leadership.

RESPONSE: The single biggest issue facing public education is the movement to undermine and privatize one of the cornerstones of our democracy. We must force our state and federal legislatures to adequately fund our schools and level the playing field between public schools and publicly funded private charter schools. The cost of school choice continues to threaten the quality of education provided to the 90% of students who continue to choose their local neighborhood public school.

 

Shannon L. Patrick

BORN: 1976

EDUCATION: Haddonfield Memorial High School, 1994; B.S. Rutgers University, 1998

OCCUPATION: Owner, The Puppy Palace Doggie Day Care, Bethlehem PA

QUALIFICATIONS: Bethlehem Area School District, School Board of Director, 6 years; President, West Broad St. Business Association, 6 years

RESPONSE: I will continue to fight for adequate and fair funding from the state for the Bethlehem Area School District. Along with the rest of the Board, I will continue the fight to ensure that local school districts have more oversight on charter schools residing within their boundaries. Our public schools have so much to offer. We need to do a better job showcasing their accomplishments.

 

Angela T. Sinkler

BORN: 1966

EDUCATION: Bethlehem HS 1984; University of Delaware 1988, BSN

OCCUPATION: Registered Nurse, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Open Heart Unit

QUALIFICATIONS: School Director: Bethlehem Area SD, Dec. 2013 – present; Bethlehem Area Vocational and Technical School, January 2016 – present; School Board Curriculum Committee Chairperson, Dec, 2015 – present.

RESPONSE: Public Education. My goal is to insure that all children in the BASD continue to be provided with excellent educational opportunities. This will occur by working with the BASD team to support evolving initiatives in public education while balancing fiscal responsibility to the community, which includes working for charter accountability.

 

REPUBLICAN

John F. Gallagher

Candidate did not respond

Region 1

Term: 4 years

Vote for one

DEMOCRATIC/REPUBLICAN

(Cross-filed)

Rogelio Ortiz

 

CATASAUQUA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

Catasauqua Borough & Hanover Township (Lehigh County);
North Catasauqua Borough (Northampton County)

School Director

(Vote for not more than four; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC / REPUBLICAN (cross-filed)

Dale K. Hein

DEMOCRATIC BALLOT ONLY

Jason M. Bashaw

School Director, 2-year term

(Vote for not more than two; 2-year term)

DEMOCRATIC / REPUBLICAN (cross-filed)

Dale K. Hein

EAST PENN SCHOOL DISTRICT

Alburtis, Emmaus & Macungie Boroughs;
Lower Macungie & Upper Milford Townships

School Director

(Vote for not more than four; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC / REPUBLICAN (cross-filed)

 

Adam Smith

(Lower Macungie Township)

www.electadamsmith.org

FB: @Smith4EPSD

D.O.B.: 1980

EDUCATION: B.S.Ed, Univ. of Delaware, 2003; M.Ed. Educational Leadership, Wilkes Univ., 2007; M.Ed. Instructional Technology, Wilkes Univ., 2010.

OCCUPATION: Elementary Teacher, Quakertown Community School District

QUALIFICATIONS: Father of two East Penn Students. Served 14 years as public school educator, grades 3-7. Served on various district-wide committees, working with both administration and board members.

RESPONSE: A major issue facing East Penn right now is a need for a larger voice from members of our community in our schools. Student success does not begin and end with the teacher in the classroom. Research shows that in order to continue our levels of high achievement, an investment on the part of every stakeholder in the community is required. Increased engagement from the community begins with open, honest, and transparent dialogue.

 

Z.W. Munson

(Emmaus)

www.munson4eastpenn.org

D.O.B.: 1970

EDUCATION: Public high school graduate, 1989; B.A. University of Chicago, 1993; M.A. and PhD, Harvard University, 2002

OCCUPATION: Associate Professor, Lehigh University

QUALIFICATIONS: parent; taxpayer; community volunteer (public library trustee, youth soccer coach, crossing guard); school board member, 4 years; educational and professional experience to analyze and solve complex problems

RESPONSE: We need excellent schools focused on the needs of today’s world, including programs like science and the arts.  And we also need to keep taxes low, cut waste, and hold district officials accountable.  The biggest issue in this campaign is which candidates can best find a balance between these needs.  I will work hard to represent everyone in the community as an advocate for educational innovation, public transparency, and fact-based decision making in the district.

 

Alisa Bowman

(Emmaus)

FB: Alisa Bowman 4 East Penn/

D.O.B.: 1970

EDUCATION: Penn State University, B.A., with honors, 1992

OCCUPATION: Health editor, Rodale, Inc.

QUALIFICATIONS: Mother of an EPSD student, 7years; Chair, Sierra Club, Lehigh Valley Group, 5 years; Education Program Director of a meditation center, 2 years; Literacy tutor, 2 years; Mentor for youth at Wilm., DE Boy’s Club, 2 years.

RESPONSE: Many parents are concerned about standardized testing, bullying and inadequate special education funding. Our districts are constantly being asked to do more with less, too. As East Penn School Director, I will lean on my strengths as a professional communicator to listen to all of our school’s stakeholders and find creative solutions to complex problems. When our schools are strong, so are our communities, and I will fight to keep them that way.

 

Sherrine M. Eid

No response

 

Alan Earnshaw

(Macungie)

www.ElectEarnshaw.org

D.O.B.: 1966

EDUCATION: BS Marketing, Brigham Young University

OCCUPATION: Global Manager, Marketing/Business Intelligence, Evonik Corporation

QUALIFICATIONS: Father of four current and graduated East Penn students. Board member since 2001; Vice President for six years; President for over five years. Member of LCTI board for over nine years; two as Vice Chair, two as Chair.

RESPONSE: Maintaining our high standards, making appropriate investments in Academic, Arts, and Athletic programs, and ensuring all students have the resources they need to succeed while continuing to control costs. East Penn’s spending per student is 6.6% below the state average; our students perform well above average on every measure. We will continue identifying areas for further cost reductions, freeing up resources to preserve the excellent programs our students and their families deserve.

 

Wally R. Vinovskis

(Macungie)

linkedin.com/in/w-r-vinovskis-103096b

D.O.B.: 1963

EDUCATION: Benson HS, Omaha, NE, 1982; B.A. Univ. of Nebr-Lincoln, 1987; M.Div. Concordia Seminary, 1992

OCCUPATION: Pastor

QUALIFICATIONS: EPSD: School Director (3), Foundation BoD (2), Act 1 Tax Commission, 2008-2014 Strategic Plan, EHS Middle-States Accreditation Steering Committee, Superintendent’s Advisory Committee (5), Take Back Our Children Task Force, Coordinated School Health Committee. LVCBA - BoD (5)

RESPONSE: The major issue facing school boards today continues to be fiscal responsibility. Schools are challenged to focus on student achievement and improve test scores with limited resources. The School District needs to seriously evaluate what serves the core educational mission of our schools and look for reductions and efficiencies wherever possible. We simply cannot continue to raise local taxes. We need to run a tight ship while maintaining our legacy of high achievement in education.

DEMOCRATIC BALLOT ONLY

Ellen Zimmer Lewis

(Emmaus)

www.ellenzimmerlewisforepsd.com

FB: Ellen Zimmer Lewis for EPSD School Board

D.O.B.: 1962

EDUCATION: MM. Yale Univ. School of Music; AD. Univ of Hartford; BM. SUNY at Fredonia; HS. Webster Schroeder, Webster, NY.

OCCUPATION: Department Coordinator, Lehigh University Music Department

QUALIFICATIONS: I taught music at all grade levels for many years before moving to PA. Currently working in a school. Volunteer at the High School, where my 2 children attend (Sophomore, Junior).

RESPONSE: Find and implement a state of the art communication system to connect families with the administration; Create a comprehensive STEM to STEAM curriculum; Create Tolerance Training for the entire community; Develop a District-Wide Community Service Program; Keep our Extracurricular programs strong; Pass a Balanced Budget that does NOT raise taxes.

 

NORTHERN LEHIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

Slatington Borough and Washington Township (Lehigh County)
Walnutport Borough (Northampton County)

School Director

(Vote for not more than four; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC / REPUBLICAN (cross-filed)

Gary S. Fedorcha

Robert J. Keegan Jr.

 

NORTHWESTERN LEHIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

Heidelberg, Lowhill, Lynn, Weisenberg townships

School Director

(Vote for not more than four; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC / REPUBLICAN (cross-filed)

Alan L. Rex

(Lynn Township)

FB: Rex for Northwestern Lehigh School Board 2017

D.O.B.: 1967

EDUCATION: Graduated Northwestern Lehigh High School, 1985; Graduated Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, 1985; Graduated Allentown Electricians’ JATC NECA/IBEW Apprenticeship, 1990

OCCUPATION: V.P. Mid-Atlantic Division, Billitier Electric Inc., Bethlehem, PA

QUALIFICATIONS: Northwestern Lehigh SD resident – 48 years; Trustee Lehigh Valley Electricians’ Health & Retirement funds – 19 years.

RESPONSE: The potential Trump-DeVos voucher/school choice plan. This issue needs to be closely monitored and communicated to all residents as to how it will affect school budgets in the future. Technology needs to keep up with the learning demands of the 21st century. It is our duty/responsibility to bring computers and other forms of technology into the classrooms so that our children have all the tools to succeed in their endeavors beyond our school.

 

Tom Nardone

(Lynn Township)

www.Tomnardoneschoolboard.com

D.O.B.: 1946

EDUCATION: PACE University, ’74, MS Education, Super. And Admin.; N.Y. UNIV. ’69, MA, Educational Theater; GANNON University, Erie PA, ’68, BA History

OCCUPATION: Semi-Retired Educational Consultant on School Improvement.

QUALIFICATIONS: Award winning NYC PS Educator (32 yrs.); NYC Principal of the Year; NYS Sp. Needs Grant Winner. Teacher AP, Prin., Ass’t Sup., Middle Schools Creator. Selected Superintendent District 1 Manhattan, Res. Fellow, LRDC, Univ. of Pitt. Consultant for PS Districts throughout USA and Keynote Speaker///

RESPONSE: I am a "life-long learner", a retired teacher, principal, district leader and consultant for districts and cities around the country; believing every stakeholder has a role in supporting schools toward the "highest of standards". Hoping to add my voice to the coalition for growth and safety of the NWLSD that seeks "better to best schools"; celebrating the challenges of teaching and learning and the joy, music and laughter that creates successful "life-long learners".

 

Phillip Toll

(Weisenberg Township)

D.O.B.:

EDUCATION: BS Accounting- Rutgers 1973, CISA

OCCUPATION: Retired

QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge gained from current first term on school board and 43 years of diversified experience in healthcare, banking, insurance and commercial real estate. Senior IS Auditor and Audit Manager for numerous financial, business applications, data centers and insurance investments. Also executive managing all aspects of over 200 commercial properties for former Meridian Bank.

RESPONSE: A new issue facing many school districts is hiring of substitute teachers. With fewer students not seeking a career in education, there is less candidates to draw from when other districts are competing for the same candidates. At a future board meeting I will present some ideas for recruiting. In addition, real estate taxes are a concern to many residents. A board member must take fiscal responsibility so that a heavy tax burden is not placed on residents but still invest in education.

 

Marci Handwerk Piescienski

(Heidelberg Township)

FB: NWLSD Supporting Quality School

D.O.B.: 1970

EDUCATION: Northwestern Lehigh School District, 1988; Kutztown University, 1993, BSBA Accounting

OCCUPATION: Instructional Assistant

QUALIFICATIONS: Active in community organizations, involvement with NW Committees, Accounting background.

RESPONSE: The major issue in the campaign for public education is providing a quality education while taking into consideration the community’s ability to pay for it while supporting the district staff in their efforts to provide this quality education in a safe environment. A public school must be able to prepare students for careers in the 21st century in a community that can support it. I would support these efforts for the best interests for our students, staff and community.

 

Todd Hernandez

(Lynn Township)

D.O.B.: 1970

EDUCATION: William Allen H.S., 1988; B.S. Kutztown University, 1998.

OCCUPATION: Accounting & Finance

QUALIFICATIONS: Parent in the District, 15+ years; Taxpayer in the District, 18+ years; Resident of the District, 18+ years; Volunteer in the District, 10+ years; Current School Director, 7+ years; NYAA Treasurer, 6 years (prior); Boy Scout Leader, 9 years.

RESPONSE: Keeping our district moving forward in its current momentum. We’ve gone 6 years without a tax increase while maintaining current student programs, keeping good staff and administrators, 2 teacher’s contract renewals (during my time on the Board). We’ve had several bond refinances to reduce costs to the District and taxpayers. Moving forward with the High School renovation project which will provide additional security, educational space, safety enhancement and an excellent environment to educate our students.

 

James Warfel

(Lynn Township)

FB: NWLSD Supporting Quality Schools

D.O.B.: 1946

EDUCATION: Doctorate, Temple University, 1984; Master’s Degree, College of New Jersey, 1976; Bachelor’s Degree, LaSalle University, 1971.

OCCUPATION: Retired

QUALIFICATIONS: 45 years of school experience as a teacher, supervisor, principal, curriculum director, assistant superintendent, pupil services director and University adjunct professor.

RESPONSE: The major issue confronting public education is, as always, sustaining quality programs designed to prepare students for careers in the 21st century. That involves a complex dynamic of providing a broad range of offerings, balanced against the community’s ability to pay for it. As a school director, I would strive to support the efforts of the staff to promote high achievement, safe schools and the prudent use of the community’s resources.

 

PARKLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT

North Whitehall, South Whitehall and Upper Macungie Townships;
part of Allentown: 17th Ward, 4th District, and 18th Ward, 2nd District

(Vote for not more than four; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC / REPUBLICAN (cross-filed)

Sheikh Afzal

No response

 

Jay Rohatgi

(Upper Macungie Township)

FB: Jay Rohatgi

D.O.B.: 1975

EDUCATION: High School – 1993, B.S. – 1996, M.S. – 1999.

OCCUPATION: Global Director, Healthcare & Life Science Solutions, Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ:PEGA)

QUALIFICATIONS: Local Board, American Cancer Society: 2016-Present; Community Relations Director, HTS: 2016-Present; Commissioner, GBSL Soccer: 2014-Present; Assistant Director, HTS Sunday School: 2013-2016; Public Speaker at Conferences.

RESPONSE: The major issues are "not getting parents’ voices heard", "limited preparedness for college", "need for better fiscal responsibility" and "falling education rankings for Parkland". I will be the conduit to get parents’ voices represented at the board during any major policy decisions e.g. redistricting. I propose to start a volunteer parent council which will assist the guidance office at high school level to get mentorship from Parkland alumni & universities towards better preparedness for college. Parkland residents are seeing the value of their biggest financial investment, their houses, suffer due to falling school district rankings.///

 

Marie Maritch

(North Whitehall Township)

D.O.B.: 1960

EDUCATION: BA Business Communications, DeSales University, 1998

OCCUPATION: Software Quality Analyst

QUALIFICATIONS: PSD Community Advisory Council Board, 2010-Present; Vice President and Coach, Girls Basketball, Parkland Youth Center, 2005-2014; Various positions in Parkland High School Booster Clubs, Kratzer PTO, OMS PTO, and South Whitehall Township Crime Watch, 1997-2014.

RESPONSE: The district budget, which receives approximately 80% of its funding from residential and commercial property taxes, is of constant concern. Through my educational, employment, and community service activities, I have prepared and implemented fiscally responsible budgets. I am committed to developing a sound budget that supports the high-quality education we expect in Parkland. My focus is finding ways to increase the district’s revenue stream without raising taxes and reduce benefit expenditures without short-changing employees.

 

Linda Perlman-McKenna

(South Whitehall Township)

D.O.B.: 1961

EDUCATION: B.S. Health Planning/Administration, Penn State; M.S.P.H. Health Policy/Management, UNC

OCCUPATION: Retired, Health Services Management Professional

QUALIFICATIONS: Non-profit management experience; Former director of strategy, planning, governance at a national healthcare association; District knowledge through PSD volunteerism: Community Advisory Council Board; Comprehensive & Strategic Planning Committees; Class Rank Committee; Cetronia PTO Board; Springhouse PTO.

RESPONSE: Uncertain revenue streams and costly, underfunded mandates make it increasingly difficult to plan and budget for the high quality, well-rounded education our community expects. I will advocate for adequate funding and policies that preserve our standards of excellence and support a safe, positive learning environment; collaborate with others to find creative, cost-effective solutions; and make well-informed, fiscally responsible decisions, putting the best interest of our children first, while being mindful of the taxpayer’s investment.

 

David J. Hein

(South Whitehall Township)

D.O.B.: 1969

EDUCATION: B.S. Business Administration, Bloomsburg University ( 1991 ).

OCCUPATION: Manager-Sales Analytics & Reporting, Independence Blue Cross

QUALIFICATIONS: School Board Director (2013-present), LCTI Joint Operating Committee member (2013–present), Past co-president/member Parkland School District Community Advisory Council (2008-2013), CPA, Parkland Youth Center – Coach/Treasurer (2004-2015), American Diabetes Association volunteer (2003-present), 20 year resident South Whitehall Township.

RESPONSE: The most important issue is to provide all of our students with the highest quality education in a safe learning environment while remaining fiscally responsible to the taxpayers. Investing in the futures of our students is the easy decision and one I am happy to make. I will continue to work with the Administration to lower the expenses that are in our control and push our legislators to provide adequate funding for all mandated programs.

 

Robert M. Cohen

(South Whitehall Township)

D.O.B.: 1949

EDUCATION: William Allen High School, 1967; Pratt Institute, 1972, Bachelor of Architecture.

OCCUPATION: Retired

QUALIFICATIONS: Director, Parkland School Board: 20 years (President 4 years, Vice-President 4 years, Chairperson Academic, Arts, and Athletics Committee 4 years); Director, Lehigh Career and Technical Institute: 5 years; Trustee, Lehigh Carbon Community College: 7 years; Director, Parkland Community Library: 3 years.

RESPONSE: A safe and secure educational environment is our number one priority. In Parkland, parents know their children have the academic, art, and athletic resources needed to prepare them for the 21st century. Accountability, both educationally and financially, insures that our district remains a nationally recognized leader. I have been an integral part of this collaborative effort for twenty years. Your support is appreciated so that I may continue to contribute in this extremely important work.

 

DEMOCRATIC BALLOT ONLY

Marc Posegay

(South Whitehall Township)

D.O.B.: 1984

EDUCATION: Graduate Parkland High School, 2002; B.A. Economics, The Pennsylvania State University, 2008.

OCCUPATION: Financial Analyst (Security Pricing Analyst) at the Vanguard Group.

QUALIFICATIONS: As a financial analyst, I will bring a unique set of skills to the school board including analytical analysis, an innate problem solving ability, and exceptional leadership.  

RESPONSE: I believe the number one issue facing the school district is long-term fiscal responsibility.  My goal is to maintain the district’s standard of excellence while not unjustly burdening taxpayers.  As a lifelong resident of the Parkland School District, I have deep roots in this community and school district.  I will apply the skills and experience gained from being a Financial Analyst to balance the interests of the teachers, students, and community members.

 

Keith Massie

(Upper Macungie Township)

D.O.B.: 1973

EDUCATION: PhD, University of Utah; M.S., Illinois State University; B.S., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale; B.A., Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

OCCUPATION: Assistant Professor, Kutztown University; Independent Novelist

QUALIFICATIONS: Have been in the Education field for more than 20 years; Have held leadership positions for a variety of organizations.

RESPONSE: The confirmation of the US Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, is clearly the largest issue relevant to education. Members of the school board need to make sure to find creative solutions to the likely large changes Devos intends for public education in the US. We must be resolute in our effort to give students in the district the best educational outcomes and maintain and advance public education as to positively shape the future.

REPUBLICAN BALLOT ONLY

David M. Caruth

(Upper Macungie Township)

FB: Caruth for Parkland School Board

D.O.B.: 1986

EDUCATION: B.S. B.A., Kutztown University (Marketing and Management); M.B.A., Rosemont College; PhD, Capella University (Business Management).

OCCUPATION: Parent of 3 year old son, Marketing Manager for Verizon Corporate, Published Author, President and C.E.O. of Caruth Consulting, and Vice President and Treasurer of Coldwater Crossing’s Master Association Board

QUALIFICATIONS: Marketing Manager at Verizon Corporate Headquarters. Vice President and Treasurer of Coldwater Crossing’s Master Association Board.

RESPONSE: My primary objective to be on Parkland’s School Board is to create an environment where each and every child has an equal opportunity to succeed. To accomplish this, we need to collaboratively require adequate classroom sizes, rich curriculum, consisting of diverse electives and advanced placement, and additionally career-technical and vocational courses. Further, I strongly support the education of anti-bullying for all (special needs, ethnicities, gender, sexual preference, race, and religion) to ensure a safe learning environment.///

 

SALISBURY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Salisbury Township

School Director

(Vote for not more than four; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC / REPUBLICAN (cross-filed)

Joseph D. Gnall

Mary L. Ziegler

Audrey H. Frick

George J. Gatanis

SOUTHERN LEHIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

Coopersburg Borough
Lower Milford & Upper Saucon Townships

(Vote for not more than four; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC / REPUBLICAN (cross-filed)

Kathleen Parsons

Anita K. Desai

Mary Ann Nord

Jennifer L. Smith

 

WHITEHALL - COPLAY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Coplay Borough and Whitehall Township

SCHOOL DIRECTOR

(Vote for not more than four; 4-year term)

DEMOCRATIC / REPUBLICAN (cross-filed)

William Fonzone Sr.

Wayne A. Grim

REPUBLICAN BALLOT ONLY

George Makhoul


 

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