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  • Capital’s Martino, Caesar Rodney’s Haynes will not seek re-election to respective school boards

  • Both the Capital and Caesar Rodney boards of education will officially welcome new members after the May 13 school board elections, as the incumbents in both races have announced they will not seek re-election.
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  • Both the Capital and Caesar Rodney boards of education will officially welcome new members after the May 13 school board elections, as the incumbents in both races have announced they will not seek re-election.
    Caesar Rodney’s board president, Kathleen Haynes, and Capital board member, Phillip Martino Jr., chose not to file this year. Both at-large seats hold a five-year term. The deadline to file for election was March 7.
    CAPITAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
    Martino cited a desire to spend more time with family and a change in his time constraints as his reasoning for stepping down.
    “My responsibilities at my job and personal commitments have changed dramatically over last couple years,” Martino said. “I just can’t commit to another five years.”
    Martino said he and his wife are also spending more time taking care of or visiting their aging parents, he said.
    “An additional five years is a big time commitment,” he said. “Just in the last couple years I feel like I haven’t been able to give it my all because my personal life and job situation changed. I have more responsibility at my job than I had previously.”
    Martino works for Delaware Electric Signal in Dover; he and his wife have three children. Before joining the Capital board 10 years ago, he said he was an active member of the PTO at both Hartly Elementary and William Henry Middle School, where his children went to school.
    “I had an interest in helping the district as a whole,” he said. “I was approached by the president at the time and he approached me and asked me if I’d be interested in running. I wanted to lend a hand. My degree is in accounting and management and I figured I could add that to the district.”
    During his time on the board, Martino said he has enjoyed working on the building and referendum committees. He also played a large role in working to acquire the land and aid in the logistics of building the high school, the building of South Dover and renovations at Central Middle School, Martino said. Martino said has also experienced challenges while serving on the board.
    “Funding has always been a challenge and always will be,” he said. “It’s a challenge to the balance between providing kids good education, providing a good work atmosphere, but yet staying in a decent budget that doesn’t bankrupt your district.”
    Martino’s future plans are focused on spending more time with his family and focusing on work responsibilities. He has no future political ambitions, he said.
    Page 2 of 2 - “The reason I went on school board was not to be an elected official,” he said.
    Six candidates have filed to fill Martino’s open seat, according to the Kent County Department of Elections. On the ballot are Howard Earle, Dennis S. Hallock, Sr., John C. Martin, Jr., Sharese C. Paylor, Curtis E. Raymond, and Muriel C. Thomas. All six candidates are Dover residents. Dover resident Paul J. Fleming also filed to run, but withdrew from the election in February.
     
    CAESAR RODNEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
    Haynes, who has served on the school board for the past 12 years, also cited personal reasons as her motivation behind not seeking re-election.
    “This has been a very difficult decision for me,” Haynes said. “Having served on the school board for the past 12 years, I have decided I want to spend more time with family and friends.”
    She began serving on the board in 2002 and was elected president in 2011.
    “I want to extend my deep appreciation to the Caesar Rodney School District for their professionalism, dedication and commitment in providing a quality education for all of our children,” Haynes said. “I especially want to thank the Caesar Rodney community for their faith and confidence in allowing me to serve on their school board. I have learned and experienced so much in the time spent as a board member and I leave hoping I have helped make a difference in the lives of our students, the CR staff and the Caesar Rodney community.”
    Two people have filed for Haynes’ open seat − Wyoming resident Jessica Marelli and Dover resident Flavous Statham.
    Both school board elections will be held Tuesday, May 13, with polls open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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