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  • Two vie for seat on Caesar Rodney Board of Education

  • Voters in the Caesar Rodney School District will visit the polls on Tuesday, May 13 to determine who will fill a seat on the district’s school board. The at-large seat is being vacated by current board member Kathleen Haynes. Two candidates have filed to run for the open seat, which comes with a five-year term.
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  • Voters in the Caesar Rodney School District will visit the polls on Tuesday, May 13 to determine who will fill a seat on the district’s school board. The at-large seat is being vacated by current board member Kathleen Haynes. Two candidates have filed to run for the open seat, which comes with a five-year term.
    JESSICA MARELLI
    AGE 33
    FAMILY Husband, Daniel Marelli; children: Victoria, Sabrina and John
    YEARS IN DISTRICT Six
    EDUCATION Claremont High School, Claremont, Calif., Class of 1998; Bachelor of Science in physiological science from the University of California at Los Angeles, Class of 2000
    CAREER EXPERIENCE UCLA Medical School, Heart & Lung Transplant Preservation Team; UCLA Medical School, Total Artificial Heart Project Manager; Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, heart transplant program administrator; stay-at-home mom; manager, Scuba World, Inc., Dover.
    ELECTED OFFICE EXPERIENCE: N/A
     
    Q Why did you want to run for the Caesar Rodney School District Board of Education?
    A I have three children who attend schools in the Caesar Rodney School District. I have been an active parent since my oldest child started school. I have volunteered in classrooms and have been very involved with the Parent Teacher Organization at W. B. Simpson. I currently serve as the President of the PTO and a member on the W. B. Simpson Leadership Committee.
    As my children grow older and advance to the middle and high schools, I realize that my efforts can be most effective at the district level. The Caesar Rodney School District has an excellent reputation for academics in conjunction with strong athletics and arts programs. Our community is strengthened by the high quality of our school district. As a board member, I would represent my community with informed decision making and I would ensure that CRSD continues to be the best school district in the state of Delaware.
     
    Q What do you feel are the top priorities that need to be addressed in the district?
    A To provide all students with an exceptional experience in a safe environment: academic, athletic, social, and emotional, to make fiscally responsible decisions to ensure long-term financial stability and direct resources into the classroom, to have greater transparency and public communication, to provide educators with the necessary educational tools and professional development, to maintain the distinction as a top district in the state.
    Next school year, the district should implement the proposed honors programs in math and
    English, as well as the sports expansion baseball, lacrosse and volleyball at the middle schools, as well as the continuation of the language immersion programs in the kindergarten and elementary schools. The district must be cognizant of the demands placed on our educators and recognize their hard work. With the retirement of the high school principal, it is important to hire an exceptional leader to fill the position.
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    FLAVOUS STATHAM
    AGE 71
    FAMILY Widowed; Four sons: Michael, Jimmy, Kevin and Jeff; three grandchildren
    YEARS IN DISTRICT 44
    EDUCATION Bachelor of Science in mathematics and chemistry from Murray State University; Master of Arts in educational administration from Murray State University
    CAREER EXPERIENCE U.S. Army Aberdeen Proving Grounds Research Department Aviation Branch, co-authored “Training Norms” publication; Caesar Rodney High School teacher (1970-2000) and math department chair (1977-1994), Saint Thomas More Academy teacher (2000-2003), Wilmington University math professor (1979-present).
    ELECTED OFFICE EXPERIENCE President, treasurer and assignment supervisor for Sports Officiating
     
    Q Why did you want to run for the Caesar Rodney School District Board of Education?
    A Now that I'm completing my time as a professor at Wilmington University, I want to devote my retirement to the profession and the community that has given me so much. I hope to have the opportunity to share my experience with the day to day actual workings of our schools and continue the excellence of the Caesar Rodney School District as we implement Common Core Curriculum. With my 40-plus years of teaching math and chairing the high school math department I believe that I have the knowledge and experience to assist in this implementation. In addition, with my experience as an umpire many consider me to be a very fair person. Though technologies, styles, and even buildings change, the ability to challenge students with something important, show them how they can find success, and keep it interesting will always be at the heart of education.
     
    Q What do you feel are the top priorities that need to be addressed in the district?
    A The three most important issues facing our district are:  implementation of the Common Core Curriculum and Smarter Balanced Assessment, providing for the safety and security of our students, and solving problems with overcrowding of our schools.  While implementing the curriculum and assessment we need to provide support and professional development for our teachers, communicate with parents as changes take place to ensure that we continue working as team, commit to supporting our students’ needs as they transition to this new system, and provide the appropriate technology necessary to implement the new generation of testing. For the safety and security of our students we need to evaluate current programs for our at risk students, especially those with habitual disciplinary offenses and the mental health services available. Finally, as our community continues to grow, we will need to use the data available to evaluate possible solutions to the overcrowding issues in the most cost effective manner possible. 

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