Get Out and Vote
Have you ever been mad about cuts that happen around our school? Getting rid of teachers, certain activities, and ninth period? Have you ever thought about who is in charge of making these cuts and certain decisions?
The school board members are a very important part of the community who are elected by the public who live in the school district. The school board is in charge of making important changes and organizing things like new technology and budgets.
On May 21st, registered voters will go and vote for our new school board members.
The Panther Press, our sister school’s journalism club, had put together a public forum where some of the school board candidates had the chance to voice their views and be questioned by the community.
Meet the Candidates Who Attended
Jeff Brooks: This Maplewood local is a veteran, and an Edinboro education alumni. He has been on the school board for two years already, and he has “always wanted to do things [in the community].”
Brian Gisewhite: A current member of the school board, who has served as the PTO president and has two kids attending Maplewood Schools.
Gerry Dean: A Meadville local with 38 years of experience in teaching K-12 as well as being a school counselor. “Kids have always been the first and only agenda I’ve ever had.”
Tim Brown: Cambridge Springs local, married to a teacher at Cambridge Springs, with three kids who also attend this PENNCREST school. “All education is important but public education is very important.”
Jennifer Davis: This Maplewood bus driver has lived in the Guys Mills area for seven years now, and has four kids enrolled at Maplewood. She has seen the hardships when it comes to cuts, and is a very active band/sports mom and has also been a part of the PTO. “I wouldn’t want to call anywhere else home.”
Luigi DeFrancesco: Luigi has been around this area since 1977 and has had four kids graduate from Maplewood, he is a veteran from Vietnam and is against raising taxes. This candidate is the most conservative out of the bunch running for election. Luigi claims that, “They [iPads] are nothing but problems, books will last at least 20 years, not five.”
Each candidate differs in views and beliefs, but when it comes to the students, most all of them can agree that the kids come first.