Wow! Meg Mason resigns from the Christina Board of Education a week ago, the New Castle County Department of Elections announces the seat will be part of the May 9th election, the deadline for candidates to file is April 20th, and three women file today!
Who are these brave souls?
Looks like we have a race! The only name I am familiar with is Monica Moriak, who serves on the Christina Citizen’s Budget Oversight Committee. At this time, Christina will have two three-way races for board seats. All I can say is look for A LOT of campaign signs all over the place in the Greater Newark area as well as the Wilmington section of Christina in the coming weeks!
The New Castle Department of Election is accepting nominations for District B in the Christina School District until April 20th. Anyone who files will be a candidate for the school board election on May 9th. This will leave Christina with two new board members following the resignation of Meg Mason last week.
I’ve seen in other districts where the board appoints someone until the next FULL school board election season. This decision by the Dept. of Elections leaves a candidate very little time to prepare for a 19 day campaign. If no one files, that protocol would take place. I imagine it is because the resignation came prior to the school board election as the basis for the decision.
District G already has three candidates running for that seat: Jeff Day, Meredith Griffin, and Kimara Smith. I will be announcing my endorsement for that district in the next few days, along with some other races.
In shocking news, long-term Christina Board of Education member David Resler has withdrawn from the upcoming Board election. Resler served on the Christina School District Board of Education for two terms, from 2006-2011 and his current term, which ends June 30th of this year. This automatically gives the board seat to the other District B candidate, Meg Mason.
Resler served on the board during some very tumultuous times for the district. Through the Joey Wise debacle, the onset of Common Core, Race To the Top, priority schools, referenda, other Superintendents and more! I wish Mr. Resler, who I met a few times, the best of luck!
The only other board set in the election, for District F, will have current Board member Elizabeth Paige facing Desiree Brady. If I lived in the Christina district, Paige would get my vote without hesitation. And yes, this is an official endorsement for Elizabeth Paige for the Christina Board of Education. I attended quite a few board meetings during the whole priority school saga and Paige’s votes, along with others, stopped the district from succumbing to the insane whims of the Delaware Department of Education. As well, she wrote both the Board’s resolution and policy honoring a parent’s right to opt their child out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment. That takes courage and gusto in my opinion, of which Paige has plenty!