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  • Four candidates vie for Smyrna School Board seat

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    • Smyrna School Board Election
      *WHEN Tuesday, May 14
      *FOR Smyrna School District – five year term
      *POLLING HOURS 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
      *POLLING LOCATIONS Clayton Elementary, 510 W. Main St. Clayton; Smyrna Elementar...
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      Smyrna School Board Election
      *WHEN Tuesday, May 14

      *FOR Smyrna School District – five year term

      *POLLING HOURS 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

      *POLLING LOCATIONS Clayton Elementary, 510 W. Main St. Clayton; Smyrna Elementary, 121 S. School Lane, Smyrna; and Kenton Ruritan Club, 249 S. Main St. Kenton.
  • The Smyrna School District Board of Education election is Tuesday, May 14.
    The election is for one five-year term currently filled by Board President Lynne Newlin, who has decided not to run for another term.
    Polling hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 14 at Clayton Elementary, Smyrna Elementary, and the Kenton Ruritan Club.
    The candidates are Cherylann Borrelli, Andrea Hodge, Kristi L. Lloyd, and Karen Minner. Here are the profiles for each candidate:
    Cherylann Borrelli
    Q Why are you running for the school board?
    A I have three children in the Smyrna School District. Two of my children have special needs, which have required me to work hand-in-hand with the district in making sure the proper resources are in place for my children as well as other children in the district. I spend a lot of time helping and assisting other families with IEP's, knowledge of resources and programs, assisting in fund raisers for our programs, and overall just helping with the district. I feel that serving on the board will utilize my passion and experience in a positive way.
    Q Is there anything that the Smyrna Board of Education can do better?
    A Work as a united front in advocating and providing the proper resources for our children both typical and special needs.
    Q Why should residents vote for you?
    A I am not a politician, just a mom with three children, two with special needs. I believe in our children and I believe in our school district. I can be a positive voice in advocating for our children, families and community. I believe that we can provide our children with the proper resources for success.
    Andrea Hodge
    Q Why are you running for the school board?
    A Children in our communities deserve passionate, committed leaders who are accountable for their education and successful transition into adulthood. I believe there's a huge opportunity for the school board to build a stronger partnership with the community to ensure our children have ample access to the high quality education, services and resources they need to achieve their goals.
    Q Is there anything that the Smyrna Board of Education can do better?
    A Our school district is among the best in Delaware. I am proud of the job the current board is doing. In my opinion, key improvement opportunities and action plans should include: (1) Proactively establishing a plan/roadmap to sustain major funding we receive and/or expect to receive from state and federal programs after they expire; (2) Analyzing trends in the number of students who voluntarily transfer out of the district for root causes, and taking the necessary steps to make sure our programs are competitive with neighboring districts/schools; (3) Making enrollment in mentally gifted programs and AP classes more accessible to a larger population of qualified students, as well as marketing the opportunities more broadly; and (4) building stronger partnerships with the community.
    Page 2 of 3 - Q Why should residents vote for you?
    A Residents should vote for me because I am passionate about preparing our children to achieve their goals in adulthood. I am committed to partnering with other board members to address the most important issues facing the District: (1) Safety in and around our schools – I will partner with the rest of the board to continue working with local, state and federal law enforcement & safety agencies to identify and address existing issues, as well as forecast and plan for future needs. (2) Building revenue for additional training, programming and special projects – I will use my current networks to locate additional funding sources; as well as build new and enhance existing alliances throughout the state. (3) Adapting to the diverse needs of a growing community – I will plan and execute a sustainable model that builds stronger partnerships with the community to complement the work the School Board is doing to ensure children and families in the district are safe, and have access to high quality education and related resources.
    Kristi L. Lloyd
    Q Why are you running for the school board?
    A I love the Smyrna School District and I am passionate about education. I would love the opportunity to serve the district and community in this manner. I whole-heartily believe that parental involvement is a critical factor to a student's educational success. Children thrive when there is a partnership between educators and their parents. I have a vested interest in the Smyrna School District and its success. My husband is a 16-year teaching veteran at Smyrna High School. I have two nieces and five nephews who attend from grades 11 to pre-school. My son is in kindergarten and my daughter will be attending pre-school in the fall.
    Q Is there anything that the Smyrna Board of Education can do better?
    A There is always room for improvement. If elected, I desire to be an asset to the board. I offer a fresh perspective and a young parental voice. I know first-hand the demands and changes that education is facing. I believe with my prior experience as a district employee and my current position at the Department of Education, I can be a valuable resource.
    Q Why should residents vote for you?
    A I am a very organized and committed individual. I am approachable and know that if elected I am representing the entire school district, not just one segment. I feel I am well balanced having a husband/teacher at the high school level and serving and being involved with the students there, to being involved at the elementary level with my own children. One of the major responsibilities of a school board member is to provide a check and balance and ensure fiscal responsibility. I would love the opportunity to bring my experience as a former state accountant and prior district employee to the school board and balance that out with my knowledge of being a wife, mom, aunt and friend.
    Page 3 of 3 - Karen Minner
    Q Why are you running for the school board?
    A The Smyrna School District does a great job at providing education for kids that are very talented, and they do a great job at providing education to children with special needs. There is a large group of children that fall in the middle that deserve the same attention. As a parent, I feel the school district can do a better job. These are the children who could potentially fall through the cracks as they progress from elementary through high school. I would like to see a change and advocate on behalf of those children to make sure as a school district, we're providing additional help and service to those kids so they can succeed academically.
    Having said that, as a school district we need to empower our teachers and ensure they have the tools necessary to educate all of our children. The Board of Education needs to listen to what's working and not working. We need to have an open conversation in order to make sure we're addressing the needs of our schools. We need to listen to our teachers because they are held accountable for everything and be open minded to try and incorporate some of their ideas on how to move forward as a district.
    Q Is there anything that the Smyrna Board of Education can do better?
    A I think that they can do a better job of empowering their teachers and make education to all groups of children a priority. I feel that the Anti-Bullying campaign adopted by the district is wonderful; however, the board needs to ensure the campaign is not just a slogan and that it is addressing bullying in our schools. I also feel the Board of Education needs to be more open, responsive and transparent to parents and taxpayers.
    Q Why should residents vote for you?
    A I am an advocate. I believe that children are our greatest gift and we need to provide the best education and empower them to become productive citizens. I believe in thinking things through and doing the right thing when faced with any decision. I will be responsive and accountable to the parents and taxpayers of the Smyrna School District.

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