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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.

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    Karin Acquaviva
    (Rep)

  • Sue Caldwell
    (Rep)

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    Michael Caliguiri
    (Dem)

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    Michael Devine
    (Dem)

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    Adam Hill
    (Dem)

  • Nathan Polacek
    (Rep)

  • Steve Schlauch
    (Rep)

  • Michelle Stepnick
    (Dem)

  • Jacqueline A. Thomas
    (Rep)

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    Amy L. Wetmore
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What are your top three priorities for this office?

What policies will you pursue to promote social and racial justice for all citizens?

What can School Board Members do to encourage Early Learning in youngsters before they begin or enter school?

Last Name Acquaviva
First Name Karin
Middle Name L
Age 47
Campaign Phone (724) 889-7736
Campaign Email karina500@comcast.net
Education High School Diploma and Certificate in Travel Management
Qualifications for office Dedicated to keeping our students safe, exceptionally prepared for their future while remaining fiscally responsible.
District Plum Boro
Maintaining the positive growth and changes that have happened in the past year. Helping our students to be exceptionally prepared for their future, by offering challenging academic courses that are technologically advanced. Keeping our students safe. Remaining fiscally responsible.
I am working with our Administrative team to review all policies and make sure they are inclusive for everyone. I believe we need to embrace our differences and learn from one another.
Advocate at the local, state and federal level for public education. When speaking with younger children, make education fun, and exciting. Show them that learning opens doors to opportunity.
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Last Name Caliguiri
First Name Michael
Middle Name John
Age 42
Education M.S. Child Development/Child Care, University of Pittsburgh Diploma, Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School
Qualifications for office For nearly two decades he served at-risk children, youth and families with focuses on child protection, treatment foster care, preventing infant mortality, eliminating racial disparities in health and promoting high quality education. As an administrator in youth programs he was integral in the supervision of multi-disciplined staff. Later, he focused on management of local and federal grants along with program design and evaluation. In 2012 Michael took advantage of a unique opportunity to utilize his program design and interpersonal skills and start a property management business.
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District Plum Borough
1. Figure out how to achieve a full day of Kindergarten programming and/or the logistics that support full day services at multiple sites.

2. Identifying methods and funding to return highly qualified teachers who are particularly skilled in areas like STEM and Social Sciences and ultimately restore programs that have been and/or are planned to be cut.

3. Supporting the administration, teachers and Board members to access funding outside of taxation and responsibly spending the tax dollars we do generate and doing so in a transparent fashion.
I have a great deal of experience in developing, managing and sustaining programs that focus on eliminating disparities; specifically regarding those linked to racial, class and gender bias. I will continue to support the district's efforts to develop broad-based programs that focus on issues related to eliminating bullying, promoting social responsibility, and welcoming persons of all abilities. Students will always have a right to advise us on how best to advocate for their well-being.
School Board members simply need to engage the community and seek out feedback from all of it's citizens. From our recent high school graduates to our our most senior citizens and everyone in between we must listen to their experiences, understand their opinions and work to develop programs and policies that longitudinal and holistic in scope. My commitment is to visibility and transparency and in doing so I expect that as a School Board member I will be accessible and active in the community.
Last Name Devine
First Name Michael
Middle Name John
Age 30
Campaign Phone (412) 316-6246
Campaign Email Devine4SB@gmail.com
Education BA Liberal Arts, The Pennsylvania State University Plum Senior High School
Qualifications for office I am among the many concerned parents in the school district who feel we have little, if any, representation on the current board. I have a very analytical background, which will allow me to look at our budget and ensure the funds being distributed are allocated appropriately.
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District Plum
1. Make education a priority. I have no personal agenda that I am trying to meet. Our students being given the tools necessary to succeed in life after high school is the mark I want to leave on this board.

2. Fiscal responsibility to the tax payers is very important to me. Ensuring there is no wasteful spending along with meeting every budgetary item with the due diligence it deserves, is extremely important to me.

3. Hold the School Board accountable for all decisions made. I want to be proud of the decisions that I make and will stand behind those decisions.
My own personal policy will be an open door. I want to make myself available for students, parents, teachers, tax payers, etc. to come to me any time they feel their safety or inclusion is at risk. Bullying, racism, and prejudice will not be tolerated. I want everyone in Plum to feel safe and comfortable at all times.
Working with and engaging young parents to help prepare their children is a start. Working with the surrounding pre schools to ensure they set their curriculum to align with the curriculum in the Plum School district would give the parents a quantifiable barometer as to what they need to work on with their children at home. Having resources available to these parents to achieve these items in the guidelines is something I think we can strive towards.
Last Name Hill
First Name Adam
Age 42
Education Bachelor of Science, Information Sciences and Technology Pennsylvania State University
Qualifications for office I am an involved Plum parent and resident. I’ve volunteered in many school events and activities, participated in community improvement projects, and attended almost every school board meeting for the past few years. I have knowledge of the district and experience with individuals on the board and in the administration, I help other Plum parents to help them solve their problems and navigate the Plum School District. Above all that, I am a parent of school aged-children.
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District Plum Boro
My First and top priority - Education for all levels of our students. I would like to create an education road map to start adding programs like foreign language in elementary schools.

My second Priority - Create a plan to address the capacity of our schools. We have 3 new housing developments being built and elementary schools that are at capacity.

My Third Priority - Districts budget. We have 20 million dollars of serious capital improvement projects on infrastructure which has reached useful life years ago. If any one of these items were to fail it could set the budget back years and put our children at risk.
Tolerance of everyone's differences along with open communication to help understand those differences.

Due to recent reductions in programs offered our students are unable to take AP classes and Music classes in the high school impacting those students whose parents cannot afford private music lessons making it a school for the haves and alienating it from the have-nots. We need to examine the curriculum and locate our deficiencies to put the "public" education back in our public schools.
Communicate the importance of early childhood education and it's role in building the child's foundation to ensure they are successful when they start Kindergarten.
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Last Name Stepnick
First Name Michelle
Age 42
Campaign Phone (724) 552-6700
Campaign Email M.stepnick@yahoo.com
Education BA Sociology Certificate of Social Studies Education
Qualifications for office I have a clear understanding on how government works as well as how a school board should function. I served on the Plum School board from December 2013 thru December 2017. I have a strong working relationship with our local elected leaders as well as the PA School Boards Association. In addition, my education training has provided me a unique insight into the challenges in our classrooms and schools today.
District Plum Borough School District
1. Have a student first outlook, including bringing back full day Kindergarten, all while being aware the community as a whole needs represented. 2. Having the knowledge on budgeting and negotiations 3. Not being aligned to a political party with an agenda that influences decisions made within our schools.
I would work to ensure that every student and employee is equally represented. I’m addition, I have a proven track record of being sure our district doesn’t go down a path of the promoting ideas that we can’t provide for all students. There is always room for improvement and I’m a firm believer that a team approach is what’s needed. That includes listening to parents as well as the entire district and Plum community.
School board members can encourage early learning programs within the district as well as work with local preschools and day care centers. There are many models throughout the country that Plum School District can model. In addition, working with our legislative leaders to make early learning a priority in their state priorities.
Last Name Thomas
First Name Jacqueline
Age 44
Education -Bachelor of Science in secondary education with certification in Spanish - Slippery Rock University; undergraduate study abroad in Spain; post baccalaureate study abroad in Costa Rica
Qualifications for office teacher for 22 years outside the district; extensive knowledge of curriculum and instruction; Plum community days volunteer; current volunteer Plum soccer coach and soccer board member for 6 years. In the district where I teach: previous advisor of junior high ski club; helped to start and implement an anti-bullying program; coached varsity/junior varsity/junior high soccer
District Plum
1. Focusing on academic excellence in a safe learning environment

2. Working with administration to implement curriculum to meet the needs of 21st Century students

3. Seeking ways to reduce costs without sacrificing the quality of education and instruction
Seek ways to promote understanding, acceptance, and appreciation of differences that will eliminate predispositions and prejudices to form a community that values all members

Provide teachers with time and resources to connect with students and build positive relationships

Keep school affordable for current and prospective members of the community
Communicate to parents the resources available and educate them about how to use these resources at home with their children to prepare them for academic success

If needed, provide assistance to and collaborate with local preschools and day care facilities to align the curriculum with our elementary schools
Last Name Wetmore
First Name Amy
Middle Name L
Age 48
Campaign Email wetmoreal@gmail.com
Education Bachelor of Arts in Communication - University of Pittsburgh
Qualifications for office 25 years of experience in post-secondary education administration- providing me a background in budget management, curriculum design, recruitment, leadership development, mentoring and community outreach; along with active participation in current board meetings, involvement in the district's diversity forum, reconfiguration committee, safe and supportive schools committee, community involvement as a youth soccer coach, parent whose son is matriculating through the district, and a concerned citizen who wants to see our district and the community at large succeed.
District Plum Borough
Fiscal Responsibility - Finding a balance between spending and increased tax burden. We should be seeking out ways to increase revenue outside of tax increases. I fully support the idea of a grant-writer being hired in the district and I am for increased partnering with local businesses to augment our budget. Diversity - increasing not only cultural humility in our curriculum, but developing a plan to increase the diversity of faculty and staff. Academic success - working to help students at all levels prepare for what comes after graduation, not just focusing on college entrance rates and SAT scores.
I would love to see our district adopt a policy to implement cultural humility into the curriculum at all levels. Introduce topics of race, religion, ethnicity, disability, etc. early and often so that children learn to embrace the differences and understand what motivates others. I would also work to highlight the commonalities shared by different groups to help encourage acceptance.
Familiarize themselves with local programs available to parents, invite the leaders of those programs into conversations about how their teaching can compliment what children will learn upon entering kindergarten, implement opportunities to educate parents of young children on best practices in preparing their children for school, and seek partnerships with organizations doing outreach to parents of young children to provide education and peer-support.