Change Address

VOTE411 Voter Guide

Stroudsburg Area School District Board of Directors {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

4 year term.Vote for no more than five.

Click a candidate icon to find more information about the candidate. To compare two candidates, click the "compare" button. To start over, click a candidate icon.

  • Candidate picture

    Cindy Blake
    (Rep)

  • Candidate picture

    Mehgan Brenneman
    (Rep)

  • Candidate picture

    Merlyn Clarke
    (Rep)

  • Candidate picture

    Judith A Magann
    (Rep)

  • Candidate picture

    Michael Mignosi
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

What do you see as the biggest issue facing your school district and how would you recommend addressing it?

Campaign Phone (570) 424-7938
Campaign email Cindylouuwho@yahoo.com
Education 1979 ESHS Graduate 1980-1982 ESU Studied Psychology
Current Occupation Pre-K Teacher Rainbow Trail
Qualifications for Office Preschool teacher 9.5 years: PTA president, 7 years; officer 10 years; Parent Ambassador 3 years; Life time PA PTA member; regularly attend Stroudsburg school board meetings, 20 years; Supervisor, 6 years; Manager, 5 years; Secretary, 16 years; Shawnee Mountain; Served on the Stroudsburg School Board and committees; Served on the MCTI board and committees; Community helper.
You can’t raise expenses by $7 million and then raise taxes to cover it. You need to live within your means, which includes the school district. We have a responsibility to be prudent, especially when we are managing other people’s money. Raising taxes isn’t tantamount to fiscal responsibility. How much more can our tax payers take? Raising taxes should be a last resort not a first response. I will be fiscally responsible with your tax dollars. I would like to see more accountability, more transparency along with fiscal responsibility. I will seek out the best new up to date programs and technology for our students at an affordable cost. We must give our students the best education we can to ensure they have the maximum opportunities for their future. I humbly ask for your support. Thank you.
Campaign Phone (570) 856-1761
Campaign email meghanwilsonbrenneman@gmail.com
Education 2009 Ed.D., Higher Education Management, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) 2004 M.S., Reading, Writing, Literacy, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) 2001 B.S. Elementary Education, East Stroudsburg University (East Stroudsburg, PA) 2001 B.S. Special Education, East Stroudsburg University (East Stroudsburg, PA)
Current Occupation Research Director
Qualifications for Office I understand the importance of making reasoned, informed decisions that consider both short term and long term outcomes. My ability to listen, sense of fairness, and communication skills will help me serve the Board and community well. I am currently on the Board of Directors at Mekeel Child Care Center where my two oldest children currently attend. In my time on the Board, we have made decisions impacting teacher salary, health benefits, inclement weather policies, programming, and tuition. I have extensive experience in managing and securing educational grants and balancing million dollar budgets. After graduating from Penn, I spent the first two years of my professional career managing a US Department of Education $18 million “Race to the Top” Grant across the state of Tennessee. For this project, I worked with middle-schools and colleges and universities to address the achievement gap in mathematics for African American and Latino students. After that project, I had the opportunity to work on a series of $5 million grants funded by the US Department of Defense on assessing cross-cultural competence in soldiers. I worked closely with the Army Research Institute and visited several army bases to speak with soldiers on their experiences in combat and noncombat situations. I have considerable experience in educational research. For the last 10 years of my professional career, I worked in educational research to understand how to assess social-emotional learning in children and adults. I have authored and coauthored numerous articles, technical reports and book chapters on relevant educational topics. I have over 50 professional presentations to a wide variety of audiences including educational researchers, higher-education faculty, enrollment-management professionals, school administrators, teachers, parents, and students.
One of the largest issues is developing an assurance of trust between the board and the community parents, students and teachers. One way to establish trust is to increase the transparency and rationale for how decisions are made. A school board member’s role is to ensure that the district is responsive to the values, beliefs, and priorities of the community. Whereas everyone will not always agree with the decisions I make, I will always provide a sound rationale for those decisions. I also want teachers, parents, students and community members to feel the board is approachable and receptive to input. Just as our schools need to be safe communities for students to learn, the board meetings need to be a safe venue for concerned citizens to be heard.
Campaign Phone (570) 994-6025
Campaign email merlynj5@gmail.com
Education 1958-1960; 1963-65,-Utah State University, BA 1960-1963, resided in Finland; 1965-1970, Penn State University, MA and ABD
Current Occupation Retired
Qualifications for Office Since retirement, I have served on the school board for seven years. During this time, I have also served as a member of the Joint Operating Committee of the Monroe County Career and Technical Institute and as a member of the Colonial Intermediate Unit 20 board. This is an educational service organization that serves school districts throughout the IU 20 region in northeastern PA, providing special ed services as well as resources for staff development. I have also served as the SASD legislative liaison to the Pennsylvania School Board Association. During my time on the board, I have chaired the SASD Curriculum Committee. Our work has resulted in significant improvements to our Program of Study document as well as important additions to our curriculum, the introduction of hybrid classrooms, and continued integration of technology into our classrooms. Beyond my school district work, I served eight years on the Monroe County Planning Commission. I was a member of the Monroe County 2020 Update Taskforce. I served several years on ESU’s Economic Summit planning committee. Most recently, I served as a member of the Monroe County Community Services Board. I am currently a member of the executive committee of the newly formed Monroe County Pathways Partnership, an initiative that will greatly facilitate bringing educators and employers into a cooperative relationship. Finally, for the last ten or so years, I have been a volunteer teacher with The Older Adult Learning Center, an organization that offers courses primarily to retirees. My courses deal with challenges facing our political, social and economic system, including challenges facing education. My five children and step daughter all attended and graduated from SASD.
The preservation of our public schools is one of the existential challenges of our time. I would suggest the school district has challenges at two levels. Educationally, we must provide a curriculum that focuses on the needs of students of all aptitudes, interests and passions, including those whose abilities may not be revealed by standardized tests, or in required or heavily weighted courses? We must encourage and advise students in the direction of appropriate post-secondary education or careers, as opposed to a one-size-fits-all expectation? We must instill the professional skills that all employees, citizens and heads of families require: the ability to communicate, collaborate, and to think critically and creatively. In order to protect taxpayers, we must advocate for ending the charter school tuition mandate that costs local taxpayers millions of dollars every year, insist that the state’s Fair Funding Formula be applied to all education dollars,
Education Doctorate of Dental Medicine from Temple University Dental School, Associate Degree in Dental Hygiene from NCC, Attended Penn State University
Current Occupation Dentist
Qualifications for Office Have served for 12 years on Stroudsburg School Board. Served on community boards: United Way, Monroe County Children and Youth, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association. Monroe County Dental Society member for 31 years and treasurer.
The biggest issue is and has been the unfunded mandates. Paying for cyber / charter schools is unregulated and not subject to school district standards or oversight. We provide our own cyber school which is approximately costing the district $3,000.00 per student. PRIVATE FOR PROFIT cyber schools can charge up to $25,000.00 to the district PER STUDENT. Ask or I would say demand of your legislators they pass a law requiring students attend their home school cyber school. Insist that your tax dollars be spent wisely. Outside choices for schools whether cyber or performance art and music schools are costing our district to lose over 3.2 million dollars annually. These are private for profit business and this is an individual choice to send your kids there, they should be treated like a private education and not be on the back of the taxpayer. Put 3.2 million back in our district yearly and increased taxes are highly unlikely!
Campaign Phone (570) 223-1350
Campaign email Mignosi@ptd.net
Education 1992 Graduate of Stroudsburg High School, BS in Computer Science Muhlenberg College
Current Occupation General Manager of Mignosi’s Foodtown
Qualifications for Office SASD School Board (2015-current), MCTI Board (2016-2018), Stroudsburg Fire Department (2007-current) - Assistant Fire Chief, SASD Football Coach, Boy Scout Troop 86 - Assistant Scout Master
I believe that the biggest issue that our school district faces is finding ways to continue to support our students with rigorous academic programs and opportunities for extracurricular activities, while remaining fiscally responsible to our community. This challenge will once again be raised in the coming year as the school district continues to run a multi million dollar deficit. This deficit has emptied an over 20 million dollar fund balance in three years. This will require a considerable tax increase in 2020. The current majority of the school board has done very little to curb this spending. While the 2020 tax increase is not preventable, the current unbalanced budget will continue to require future increases, if spending is not changed to support a balanced budget.