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Beth Barber

Party: Democrat

Position sought: New Castle school director

Biographical Info: Retired. Formerly information technology teacher, Mercer County Career Center; Adjunct professor, Indiana University; Systems analyst, Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV; Director of technology, Shenango Area School District; Director of technology, New Castle Area School District

Age: 63

Municipality of Residence: New Castle

Education: Graduate of New Castle High School; Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Slippery Rock University; Vocational Education certification in Scientific Data Processing, Indiana University

Qualifications: Lifelong New Castle resident; 28 years of service in education; Familiar with New Castle School District policies and procedures; Think independently; Will be responsive to the values, beliefs, and priorities of our local community

What are your top three priorities in office?

1.) Fiscal Accountability

2.) Academic Accountability

3.) Administrative Accountability

Eddie Bogaert

Party: Democrat

Position Sought: New Castle school director

Biographical Info: I was born in the Dominican Republic. At the age of 8, my family migrated to New York City where I grew up surrounded with diversity and splendor. I’ve always been creative; my adoration for fashion and art lead me to work in the fashion industry as a buyer. Five years ago I made the move to western Pennsylvania, where I have developed a love for this community. I have meet wonderful people and my husband. As a father, now I want to get more involved to help our community grow and empower diversity.

Age: 36

Municipality of residence: New Castle

Facebook: Eddie Bogaert

Education: College degree

Qualifications: Bilingual

What are your top three priorities in office?

1.) Intervention program

2.) A stronger ESL program

3.) Serve and support the district staff

Stacey Fleo

Party: Democrat

Position sought: New Castle school director

Biographical Info: Married for 30 years, two sons, all New Castle High School graduates; Seeking third term on board

Age: 55

Municipality of residence: New Castle

Education: Attended Slippery Rock University

Qualifications: Donor specialist at the Institute from Transfusion Medicine, worked for 35 years; UPMC Jameson as therapeutic phlebotomist, part time for 30 years

What are your top three priorities in office?

1.) Continue the goals, strategies and action plans outlined in the NCASD comprehensive plan, which is on our website. I encourage everyone to read it.

2.) Continue a safe and respectful learning environment and to continue to make every decision based on what’s best for our students.

3.) Continue to be fiscally responsible with no increased taxes.

George J. Gabriel

Party: Democrat and Republican.

Biographical info: Single, age 69

Twitter: @GeorgeJGabriel1

Facebook: https://www.facebookcom/ggabriel33

Education: New Castle High graduate, B.S. in Education from Slippery Rock University, M. Ed from Westminster College, Administrator’s Certification from Westminster College, Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Westminster College

Qualifications: Former teacher, Lincoln Garfield Elementary; former principal, Lincoln Garfield, West Side, Thaddeus Stevens and Rose Avenue elementary schools; director of special services; federal programs director; administrative assistant to the superintendent; superintendent of New Castle Area School District.

What are your top three priorities in office?

1.) Maintain a school environment where all students develop the necessary skills both academically and socially that prepare them as future-ready, lifelong learners who will become productive citizens and resilient leaders in a global society.

2.) Ensure a safe and respectful learning environment for our students fostered by collaborative community partnerships.

3.) Maintain fiscal responsibility to the taxpayers of the New Castle Area School District.

Karen Humphrey

Party: Republican; cross filed on both the Republican and Democratic ballots.

Position sought: New Castle Area School District director

Biographical Info: Married, three sons; Employed by Lark Enterprises, Inc. as a fiscal clerk; In my 24th year as a New Castle Area School director; I have been a CCD teacher for the past 18 years and serve on the SCA Federal Credit Union Board of Directors.

Age: 57

Municipality of residence: City of New Castle

Twitter: @KarenHumph

Facebook: Karen Kusinski Humphrey

Education: New Castle High School, University of Pittsburgh

Qualifications: I have served the New Castle area community as a school director for the past 24 years. During that time I have served on various board and district committees, participated in PSBA workshops and conferences and attended legislative meetings in order to be a better informed board member and to better serve the students and citizens of the New Castle area.

What are your top three priorities in office?

1.) Student Education: Supporting policies along with the district’s vision and mission statements that ensure all students receive the best education possible enabling them to achieve academic success in preparation for their future in becoming productive citizens.

2.) Fiscal Responsibility: Taxpayer money always needs to be spent wisely. The district needs to continue to find cost saving measures without affecting the quality of education students receive.

3.) Commitment: Being an active, involved and committed board member is essential to making well informed decisions for the district. I have and will continue to working collaboratively with fellow board members and the superintendent in providing district leadership.

Norman Moses

Party: Democrat

Position sought: New Castle school director

Biographical Info: Married, father of five Ne-Ca-Hi grads; 1961-64 veteran U.S. Army; former employee of Youngstown Sheet & Tube; former special education teacher, Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV

Age: 76

Municipality of residence: New Castle

Email: [email protected]

Education: YSU and Slippery Rock University, special education/elementary education

Qualifications: President, Cray Family Services; Retired, 40-year CEO of Lawrence County Association for Responsible Care (formerly PARC); past board member of job training program; board member, SRU Alumni Association; 15 years as Special Olympics chairman.

What are your top three priorities in office?

1.) More objective manner in hiring practices to select the most qualified personnel for our students, not just qualified

2.) Develop plans for the safety and welfare of students that includes a no-bullying policy.

3.) Determining the needs of our school district and the fiscal responsibility to meet those needs.

Anna Pascarella

Party: Democrat, Cross-filing Republican

Position sought: New Castle school director

Biographical Info: A financial manager in the logistics/distribution industry for 24-plus years with FedEx Express, Kent State University, and currently with Youngstown State University; Elected by her peers to represent colleges and universities by attending quarterly meetings in Washington D.C. to meet with United States Postal Service headquarters personnel; Seeking her third term to the school board; Enjoys yoga, golfing, running, biking, spending time with her many nieces and nephews.

Age: 55

Municipality of residence: New Castle

Education: St. Vitus, New Castle Area School District, B.S. Slippery Rock University

Qualifications: Anna is responsible for two departmental budgets at YSU, and collaborates with the Human Resource Department on a regular basis to include hiring, implementing procedures, participating in performance improvement process, and chairing search committees. She also sits on the Culture Community Committee at YSU to support and encourage diversity across the community. Currently, she is serving a second term on the New Castle board and is currently a sitting board member for the Intermediate Unit 4.

What are your top three priorities in office?

1.) Fairness to all.

2.) Consistency with everything.

3.) Reduce spending while maintaining a strong academic focus.

Tracey Rankin

Party: Democratic

Position sought: School Director, New Castle

Biographical Info: Nearly lifelong resident of New Castle; single, with a large family of siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; retiree from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, happily exploring different employment options; Lifelong learner, member of Union Baptist Church serving on the ministry team; firm believer in the power of We.


Municipality of residence: New Castle

Twitter: Tracey Rankin@Tracey Rankin8

Facebook: Traceytrace

Education: Graduate New Castle High School, class of 1980; Graduate of Clarion University of PA 1985, BA Communication.

Qualifications: 30 years experience working with children in multiple capacities, experience in writing policy and procedure, experience as a union contract administrator, experience with staff training and development, experience as a peer trainer. Experience in budgeting, planning and administrative process.

What are your top three priorities in office?

1.) Use planning and policy to impact the Keystone and PSSA assessment scores of our students.

2.) Work in cooperation with other community entities — city government, county government and community advocacy groups — to shape public policy for the best outcomes for the city of New Castle.

3.) Work with board members and all executive advisors to develop long range financial plans for the continued solvency of the district.


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