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4 YR TERM. A school board is a legislative body of citizens called school directors, who are elected locally by their fellow citizens and who serve as the governing body of each public school district. Each board consists of nine members who serve four-year terms of office. Unlike most other elected officials, school directors receive no compensation for their work. Principal duties include appointing and/or dismissing superintendents, principals and teachers; levying school taxes; purchasing land; locating new buildings; adopting textbooks and courses of study; fixing salaries of teachers and other appointees of the Board.

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    Mary Alice Brancato

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    Tina M. Cairns

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    Jane Schrader Lynch

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    Nicole Rinier

Información Biográfica

What concerns or issues prompted you to run for School Board, and how do you propose to address them?

Beyond your education and experience listed above, what makes you particularly qualified to perform the duties of a School Board Director?

What priority will you place on DEI training for district teachers and staff?

What, if anything, would you change about the current health and safety plan that has been implemented in your school district and what sources would inform your decision?

Experience Centennial School Board 2017-present
Education BS Business Administration, LaSalle University
Email address brancato11@comcast.net
Campaign Phone (215) 528-4352
I felt compelled to run for School Board to bring a completely non-political perspective to the table with only the best intentions for the children and the community. I am seeking re-election this year as I feel my job is not done here. Considering the uproar of the past year for all of us due to Covid I feel I must continue on this path to ensure the best interests of the children of this community are met. The School Board position is a non partisan position and I take that to heart. The community counts on the School Board to look out for what is best for them also. We have a great community here made up of hard working folks and we owe them to make sure we squeeze every penny out of our spending to avoid raising school taxes. I believe as School Board members we need to remember we are here to represent those who voted us in and do right by them. We need to truly listen to the needs of the children and the community and speak up for what is right for all.
Beyond my education and experience in the business world I have oodles of experience raising children. I am the Mom of 8 beautiful kids who have all graduated from Centennial School District. I know that with children one size does not fit all and we have to be able to be flexible to meet the needs of each individual child. I have learned over the years to not only hear but to truly listen and I make myself available to the community. We have to be aware in our spending as good folks work very hard for those tax dollars and expect us to make sure those dollars are well spent. Children are our most precious gifts and I speak up for each one as if they were my own. These are the people who will be leaders in our community one day so it benefits us all for them to get only the best education. I believe I bring human compassion to our board and try to take all into account with each vote.
It is my belief that all children deserve the same quality education and the same opportunities. Every single child is precious in my eyes. I believe our staff and teachers go above and beyond to give every child only the best chances to soar and feel included in our school community. The dedication from our teachers and staff to encourage all children to go after their dreams is outstanding.
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Experience Research scientist at University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine since 2001 (Department of Basic & Translational Sciences)
Education PhD (Cell & Molecular Biology) from Penn State University HMC; BS (Biology) from Muhlenberg College
Email address tinacairns@verizon.net
Since my daughter was born, I have become increasingly interested in politics and our society at large because I want the best possible future for her. When COVID hit, I realized that if I had been on the school board, my experience and knowledge as a virologist could have really helped my community. I do not want to be in the position again where it was too little, too late to help. I decided that it was time to go beyond just writing emails to local officials; being a member of the board would give me the opportunity to directly contribute to the community. Now is not the time to sit by and do nothing.
My field of expertise is virology. I perform traditional scientific research (lab work), have written over 30 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, and have spoken at conferences around the world. I pride myself on my ability to make logical, evidence-based decisions and hope that this skill will serve the board well. I am an 18 year resident of Warminster and am the mother of a current Centennial School District student, so I have a vested interest in our schools.
Our study body is diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, socio-economic background, religion, sexual orientation, and gender. Making our school district a safe and equitable learning environment for all students should be a top priority.
As a virologist and public health advocate, I will continue to look to the CDC, FDA, AAP, and PA State Health Department for the latest COVID guidance. Having a daughter in the school district, I am glad that Centennial followed the science and mandated masks for students in the fall. The four best ways to fight COVID are vaccination, distancing, ventilation, and masking. In a perfect world schools would be doing all four, as layered mitigation works best. However, children under 12 cannot be vaccinated, the return to in-person schooling 5 days a week makes distancing difficult logistically, and ventilation requires time and money to fix, leaving masks as the only defense against COVID for many students. Additional measures to stop the virus include testing, tracing, and isolating infected individuals. The PA State Health Department offers free COVID testing for all K-12 schools and we should take them up on this offer.
Experience Served as a School Board member 14 years before retiring 2017. President 4 years, Education Committee Chair 10 years. Knowledge of budgets, operations and serving the public with communication skills.
Education St. Joseph University Temple University
Email address jslynch1@verizon.net
Campaign Phone (215) 672-6087
Virtual learning has been successful for some students but, for the majority of students it has left them lagging behind in their studies along with frustrations and anxieties. Minimal solutions have been presented to address these concerns. There is no quick remedy to these situations due to the length of form of learning. Action should have been addresses much earlier in the year. I believe once the student has shown their grades have dropped an action plan should have been started. Tutorials in subject matter must be made available with scheduled follow ups. With Centennial District set to receive over 4 million dollars in Federal Stimulus monies. The district should invest in our students education by hiring on a Contract basis Teacher's coaches to help students that have fallen behind in their studies. Mental health experts should also be hired on a Contract basis to address issues our students are having during this turbulent time.
Having served in this capacity for 14 years gives me the insight of the functions of the Board. I have the capacity of knowing the Policies, the Committees, the Budget process along with the functions of the Board. My experience with working with Administrations, Staff, Teachers and above all the Public will be an asset to this Board on day one.
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Experience Served as Advocate and Educator for A Woman’s Place and Research Intern for National Women’s Law Center in Washington, DC; Current Prevention Policy Specialist for DCADV
Education BFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University; Master of Public Policy & MBA, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University
Email address nicole.rinier@gmail.com
The onset of the pandemic forced school closures and uprooted our educational system. As we continue to navigate this landscape, the disruption of COVID remains a top concern for the school district. My background in social service is grounded in crisis work and serving our most vulnerable community members, especially in schools. Since the School Board has a core responsibility to “ensure educational opportunities for all students of the school district,” I feel compelled to contribute my knowledge and skills to ensure *all* students are best served, as are all essential School Board duties.

To address challenges brought by the pandemic, I have been engaging with community members to receive feedback on current health and safety measures and as an elected official I will incorporate these voices into policy discourse to enhance supports and resources. Learning should be the focus in schools, so the school district must take the necessary steps to mitigate COVID's devastating impacts.
As a lifelong resident of Warminster, I've always called this area ‘Home.’ My commitment to the community includes all members, though I have a particular passion to serve our youth. In prior roles, I worked as an educator in classrooms and feel strongly that comprehensive educational opportunities are vital to student development and success. I state this as a current professional in the social service sector and former student in this school system.

I went through my entire K-12 education in the Centennial School District and know firsthand the importance of strong leadership at every level. I am a proud graduate of William Tennent High School and earned Master of Public Policy and MBA degrees. My range of skills includes policy implementation, financial management, and continuous improvement, which are all fundamental School Board responsibilities. I'm deeply motivated to collaborate and achieve efficient and effective outcomes for not only students, but for every community member.
Fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the school district is crucial and benefits everyone. Our social and cultural differences make us each unique and worthy of meaningful contributions to one another. Engaging with people of varying backgrounds and perspectives enriches our schools for students, teachers, and staff alike. Representation can also be a powerful confirmation for students to see themselves reflected in school leadership and exposure to people with differing attributes similarly enhances knowledge and broader principles of inclusion. Diversity, equity, and inclusion go beyond just fairness and should be celebrated as they provide us all in the school district a vital form of strength.
At this time, the school district is obligated to comply with state mandates of masks and physical distancing. Since the start of the pandemic, we shifted from distanced virtual learning only to in-person learning with masks and a virtual learning option. The health and safety plan reflects the health and safety needs at the time, informed by current health data and research of medical experts and agencies dedicated to public safety. These sources are imperative to provide proper guidance for the health and safety measures in our school district to protect students, teachers, staff, and their families. Feedback from community members also contributes to the continued improvement of these experiences. A comprehensive school district plan to address COVID is integral to ensure the best learning environment for every student to reach their full potential.