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School Directors are elected on behalf of the community to oversee the education of students in their jurisdiction. They serve as agents of the state legislature. They are responsible for curriculum and instruction management, all finances including development of annual budgets and levying of taxes and issuance of debt obligations when necessary; personnel; legal matters; management of facilities; and transportation of students as appropriate. Schools may include pre-K and career and technical schools. The school board consists of nine members who serve four-year terms of office without pay.Term of office: 4 years

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  • Devin P. Adams
    (Rep)

  • Angela Anderson
    (Rep)

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    Megan Chuderewicz
    (Rep)

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    Justin S. Newman
    (Dem)

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    Renee M. Richardson
    (Dem)

  • Melissa L. Russell
    (Dem)

  • Ronald Sakolsky
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    Joe Tommarello
    (Dem)

Información Biográfica

The pandemic has highlighted the significant disparity in educational delivery in districts from no in-person learning, to hybrid models to full time in-person sessions resulting in uneven student performance. As schools reopen, how would you propose to assess student achievement and to remedy the loss of learning for so many students?

Social and racial justice issues have become a concern for all school districts, many of which have instituted anti-bullying programs to help address these issues. What kinds of criteria would you propose to measure the effectiveness of these campaigns and progress toward improvement?

Pennsylvania currently allows parents to choose whether their children attend public schools, charter, or cyber-charter schools with funding provided by state and local opponents of all of these options. Where do you stand and explain your position.

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Last Name Chuderewicz
First Name Megan
Campaign Web Site http://meganchuderewicz.com/
Facebook Megan Chuderewicz For Plum Borough School Director
District Plum Borough
Education BA-WV Wesleyan College MS- Chatham University MBA- Waynesburg University
Qualifications for office Mother of a soon to be school age son. Diverse background in business, mental health, and academia. Skilled in contract negotiations, curriculum development, budgeting ,and critical stress briefings.
Assessing the each student based on their individual needs and baseline should provide a more accurate way of assessing their learning than a standardize test only. Parents/Guardians, Teachers, Counselors/Social Workers should all work together and have open dialogue in regards to student performance. The district should provide enrichment activities and classes to these students and provide the support for their families if necessary.
I am a strong supporter of anti-bullying initiatives for any reason! No child should feel as though they are less than any other for reasons beyond their control such as race. However I am a strong supporter of parents rights to educate their children on such matters. I think the end result from any anti-bullying initiative would be that a child had some take away that they can apply to life outside the classroom. I think schools should be providing students with education and not indoctrination.

I will always support a parent or guardians right to choose what is in the best interest of their child and definitely be options for all children. With that said it is the role of the District to provide as many high quality alternatives as possible in order to keep those funds in house. I've spoken with several parents who are moving their children into PA Cyber after seeing their children struggle with their districts virtual learning curriculum. I personally would hate to see this trend continue and pull resources from the district.

If a parent/guardian determines their child education flourish in another environment then by all means I support it but I also welcome the district to have their comparative options.
Last Name Newman
First Name Justin
Middle Name S
Facebook facebook.com/JustinNewman4PlumSchoolBoard
District Plum
Education BA Media Communications from University of Pittsburgh
Qualifications for office Plum resident 2 students in the district until 2030 Sits on DEI committee @ Pitt Active in Plum Youth Sports Co founder of free sports camp for area youth, Barbecue Chicken University
I think to properly assess a students achievement, a solid baseline needs to be established to understand the impact of the change of learning environment. If the student was a high performing student pre-pandemic, then trailed off during the pandemic, we have a solid baseline as to the root of the drop off. I think it needs to be handled on a case-by-case basis. Every student doesn't learn the same, so all factors need to be taken into account. Individual IEP's are the best solution in my opinion.
The enormity and gravity of this topic is hard to measure in a quantitative manner to show effectiveness. The easiest way would be to determine the amount of incidents involving social and racial issues in the past versus what is happening in the present. I think hearing from the students directly is going to give you the best scope of the situation. I think randomly selecting students over the course of a few months would give a sense of the effectiveness of the campaigns. Receiving feedback from the students will give great insight into what is working and what is not. With that information, adjustments can be made accordingly.
I believe all parents should have a choice as to where to send their children to school, but also know what each option means both from an educational standpoint and financial one. Not every student learns the same way, so adjustments need to be made. I am a firm believer in tax dollars being spent on public schools should go to those public schools. If a parent chooses to send their student to an educational option other than public school, it falls on that family to find the means to send that child to that schooling option. State funding is available for most options, but may not cover all costs, therefore the family should incur any extra payments necessary to fulfill their child's educational choice.
Last Name Richardson
First Name Dr. Renee
Middle Name M.
Facebook @Richardsonforpbsd
Education PGY1 Community Practice Residency - Giant Eagle, Duquesne University, and Pfizer (2010); Doctor of Pharmacy - Duquesne University (2009); High School Diploma - Kiski Area (2003)
Qualifications for office Invested in school district success - mother of 3 boys in the district; Homeowner & local taxpayer - 11 year Plum resident/homeowner; Community volunteer - volunteer on numerous boards in the district: PTOs, Boosters, & community organizations; Corporate professional - passionate - transparent
Student achievement should continue to be assessed with student academic assessments, standardized testing (understanding not all students do well/participate), and parent feedback. These are modes of assessment our students are used to & will allow educators to gauge what additional support is needed for each student. A baseline assessment at the beginning of the year should be implemented in subjects where they are not currently completed. These assessments will help determine the resources needed to bring into the district to appropriately support our educators and students academically as well as for emotional and mental health support. Expanding the Recovery Programming into the school year will also provide continued support
Program effectiveness can be measured by direct feedback, observation of student interactions, & pre & post implementation data. The best way to measure effectiveness of these programs is student observations & feedback from the educators, students, & parents. Are students kinder to each other, more understanding of differences, & aware of behavior that can hurt others after programming? Focus group meetings will allow for additional qualitative results. Quantitative results, driven by data, can be measured by the amount of disciplinary action that has been taken pre & post implementation of related programs & post program scenario evaluations. These programs must be curriculum embedded & part of an inclusive school culture.
Parents have the right to choose where their child is educated. A child should be educated in the best environment to meet their needs & allows them to thrive. State & local funding should be given to charter or cyber-charter schools when the public school system can not meet educational/supportive needs of a child. Public school education is free to all students, & state & local funding allows for the best education for all students at a rate the community can afford. It is my goal that the Plum Borough School District can meet the needs of all of our children and continue to build the tools necessary in areas we currently have opportunity.
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Last Name Tommarello
First Name Joe
Facebook @JoeTommarelloPlumSB
District Plum Borough
Education University of Pittsburgh; Bachelor's in Political Science
Qualifications for office I have served for almost 6 years as a Plum Board member. I have the experience necessary to lead on day one. As current Finance Chairman, I presented a balanced budget with no tax increase nor any program cuts. We must continue to be compassionately aware of the tax burden on our citizens.
As a current board member during the COVID Pandemic, I fought for fair education for all of our students. I voted to reopen our schools last year for in-person learning when others wouldn't. I have always stood up for a parent's right to choose which educational model is best for their child. Education is not one size fits all, as each student is unique and has different needs. Our teachers and administrators must work hand-in-hand with our students to make sure they regain the knowledge they lost. Through innovative technology, hands on in-person learning, working with our social workers/counselors and providing tutoring and before/after school programs designed to assist these students, as they attempt to get back to a normal education.
As a victim of bullying during my childhood, I know the ugliness of bullying first hand. I have zero tolerance for any kind of bullying. Whether it's about race, gender, your weight or anything else, we must ensure a safe learning environment for our children. That is a top priority - our students must feel safe and secure. We can work with our teachers, counselors/social workers and the other employees on the front lines who can see the bullying and stop it. Anti-Bullying education must start as early as Pre-K education and be worked into our curriculum. I am passionate about this subject and hope to ensure Plum grows and excels in bullying prevention.
A parent has the right to choose which educational style is best for their child. Whether that be public, private, charter or trade school. Every student is unique & the more options we have to offer our students, the better. Unfortunately, the funding equation of how a charter school gets paid when a student decides to attend there is unfair & needs addressed in Harrisburg by our state leaders. Many school districts lose millions of dollars each year due to these financial implications. That is one of the reasons that, as a current board member, we created the Plum Digital Learning Academy. It is our attempt to allow those students who would attend a charter, to still stay in Plum while receiving a charter-style education.