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Four West Chester residents are seeking the Republican nomination for the West Chester Area School District’s two Region 1 school board seats in the Primary Election May 19.
Three of those residents are also on the Democratic ticket.
Incumbent Sue Tiernan, currently vice president of the school board, is looking to make a return on one of the two open seats.
Also vying for spots are Debra Maccariella, Vince Paul and Kate Shaw.
Sue Tiernan (R/D)
Tiernan, a resident of West Goshen, is married with two children and four grandchildren.
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Her educational background includes West Chester Henderson High School, the Miami University (Ohio), West Chester University, Penn State University and Immaculata University. She’s a retired educator and a community volunteer.
“Having lived in West Chester my entire life, attended its schools, worked in education as a teacher and an administrator, I believe we must have strong public schools to have a strong West Chester community. The future of our children, our property values, our democratic government are at stake. I was elected to the WCASD Board in 2011 and want to continue the good work our board is doing. Public education is a unique enterprise; we educate ALL children. We do not choose our students, accepting some and rejecting others. We offer an opportunity for children of diverse backgrounds and beliefs to learn and grow and work together. Local school boards were created by our state legislators to provide and control education at a local level, and though we are challenged every day by new mandates from our state, we have continued in West Chester to provide an outstanding education to children with all kinds of abilities and challenges and gifts. We must prepare our students for further education and careers in a world we sometimes cannot even fathom. That is our challenge, and in West Chester, we are doing that job. I would like to continue working productively with a positive board so that our district continues its outstanding student achievement as well as fiscal sanity.”
Deb Maccariella (R)
Maccariella, a resident of West Goshen, is married with one child, who attends Fugett Middle School.
Her educational background includes Penn State and West Chester University.
Maccariella is currently the deputy director of the County of Chester Human Services.
“Standardized testing. Educating students is my top priority, but I believe that standardized testing is affecting the way teachers teach and how kids learn. While the board doesn’t have a lot of control over testing, the board can advocate to the legislators. In my mind, children should like school and the teachers should be free to have creativity in their teaching styles — standardized testing makes both impossible in my mind. On March 23, 2015, the district approved a resolution to support House Bill 168. House Bill 168 would eliminate Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement, which I wholeheartedly support!”
“One issue that the current board approved was regionalization for school board candidates. The school board makes decisions that affect the entire district. Every voter should have a say on who is on the board — regionalization takes that away. As I continue meeting voters, many are unaware of the change and/or who their candidates are for this primary election. My region is most of West Goshen and all of the Borough of West Chester.”
Vince Paul (R/D)
Paul, a resident of West Goshen, is married with two children, the youngest of whom is attending Henderson High School.
Paul is a pharmacist and had his own business, Fairway Super Drugs, in Dresher from 1988 to 1992.
“I want to continue to provide excellent education for our students; closing the budget deficit by reviewing line items and by increasing efficiencies within the school district; and empower teachers, staff and parents to make education decisions for our children.”
“I am concerned about the apparent low prioritization of the budget gap by the current board. The enormity of the current gap must be addressed.”
Kate Shaw (R/D)
Shaw, a resident of the Borough of West Chester, is married with one daughter set to graduate from West Chester Rustin High School.
Shaw is currently the executive director of an educational research firm in Philadelphia.
“I am running because I believe that strong public schools are the cornerstone of our community. I would like to work collaboratively with other members of our school board and with our excellent superintendent, Dr. (Jim) Scanlon, to continue to keep our schools on the right track.”