Pocono Mountain School District School Director - Region 1- 4 year term
4 year term. Candidates can cross file and run in more than one race.
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Christina Grape Garvey
What do you see as the biggest issue facing your school district and how would you recommend addressing it?
B.A. in communications from William Paterson University. Have taken master's level courses in education at ESU.
Community Resources/Communications Coordinator for Pocono Services for Families and Children
Qualifications for Office
I have been a resident of Pocono Township for 33 years and have been active in my community and with local nonprofits. My oldest daughter was salutatorian in PMSD's Class of 2017 and my youngest daughter is a sixth grader at SIS. I understand the concerns of parents and taxpayers, and am aware of current issues. Besides PSFC, I have worked for the United Way and been a freelance writer for the Pocono Record. My past experience includes being a special education paraprofessional for Colonial Intermediate Unit 20. I serve on the Monroe County Women's Commission, am a Leadership Pocono alumna and have served on the RSVP Advisory Board.
There are a couple issues that are of primary concern with our school district. First, finances and budgetary concerns. Funding from Harrisburg is never sufficient and we will need to find creative ways to keep taxes from increasing, while meeting the needs of our students. Second, helping our children who have fallen behind academically and socially/emotionally because of remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. And making sure we continue to operate our classes/schools safely as they reopen. Continuing to follow CDC guidelines will be necessary.
East Stroudsburg University,
Pocono Mountain East High School
Schools including ours are faced with many challenges with many of them stemming from budget and funding shortfalls. Our schools are facing challenges due to the increase in operating cost and the decrease in state and federal funding to rural and title I districts.
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