Streetsboro -- Three Streetsboro Board of Education seats will be up for grabs in the Nov. 5 general election.
School Board President Denise Baba, School Board Vice President Andrew Lesak and challenger Joseph Wolfe are running for two seats that expire Dec. 31.
School Board member Brian Violi and challenger Carmen Laudato are competing for an unexpired term that ends Dec. 31, 2015. Violi was appointed by the School Board to the seat this summer following the resignation of Cynthia Pennock-Hanish.
All candidates were asked: Other than facilities, what is the biggest challenge(s) facing the district and how can it be achieved?
Baba: "New state curriculum standards, including the common core and third-grade reading guarantee, present challenges. These changes have a direct impact in the classroom. Additionally, the state is implementing new high stakes assessment tests for students. We must provide training and other needed resources to meet these new mandates."
Lesak: "Another challenge is transitioning our teaching staff to the Common Core, a new set of expectations about what students should know in math and English. I believe our staff needs as much training as possible to assist them during the transition, so they can maximize the results with our students."
Wolfe: "Over the years, there has been an ever-growing disconnect between the Board of Education, district and residents. As a Board of Education member, I intend to engage and value the concerns of our community and work with district leaders to create the ultimate in learning atmosphere for our children."
Violi: "State and federal mandates are having a much greater impact on how we educate our students locally. Additionally, these mandates are often unfunded and put more pressure on our budget. To address these challenges, we encourage our administrators and staff to be efficient, focused and to act strategically."
Laudato: "This district has been crippled in many ways by a lack of leadership continuity. I have lived in Streetsboro for 5 1/2 years and have seen six superintendents. Supporting administrators in their role, enforcing contracts and parent engagement initiatives would help in retaining top talent."
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