Cabell Board of Education candidate: Scott Caserta
HOME CITY: Huntington
HOME COUNTY: Cabell
PERSONAL STATEMENT (100 WORDS OR LESS): My #1 priority is to provide a safe, encouraging environment for our children to learn and our teachers to teach. My focus has shifted with the addition of our daughter, Hannah, to our family. I would like to take a more pro-active approach to her education as well as the children of Cabell County. A few issues I would like to focus on are: Keep schools in our residential neighborhoods; Promote Music and the Arts programs; Provide appropriate funding to schools for classroom supplies; Retain our Teachers and Service Personnel.
EDUCATION: Graduated Barboursville High School, 1982; Marshall University; Emergency Medical Technician (Cabell County); Tri-State Fire Academy; Fireman/HAZMAT/Confined Space Rescue; CEUs in Behavior Management/Crisis Intervention.
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: Currently employed with Special Metals (INCO) 19 years; Elected to Huntington City Council 2004; Re-Elected to City Council in 2008 and 2012; Elected Vice-Chairman of City Council in 2006 and 2014; Elected Chairman of City Council 2007. Committees of City Council on which I have served: Administration & Finance Committee; Personnel Committee; Public Safety Committee; Executive-Home Rule Committee; Economic and Community Development Committee.
OTHER WORK HISTORY: Teacher/Counselor-Educational Services Coordinator at Pressley Ridge Schools, 3 years; Behavior Management Specialist at Russell L. Daugherty Center, 2 years.
CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS: Board of Directors for Children’s Place Early Learning Child Development Center in Huntington, 7 years; CPR/Standard First Aid Instructor for the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association, 5 years.
FAMILY: Married 16 years to my best friend Cindi. The star of the show is our 9 year old daughter, Hannah.
1. 60 WORDS OR LESS: Do you think expeditionary learning is a good idea? Explain.
Yes. I feel the planned incubator school using "EL" will be an exciting atmosphere for our children to learn and explore. The new school, slated to open in August of 2015, will allow students to become more engaged in the learning process. As a member of the BOE I would closely monitor the program's development and implementation.
2. 60 WORDS OR LESS: What do you think needs to be done to the school calendar to ensure students meet the state's 180-day requirement?
The county schools have no choice but to meet the state mandate for attendance. The BOE has done well with receiving input from parents, faculty and staff to approve a calendar to make this happen. I feel this should be an ongoing process with open discussions.
I do not however, support a Year-Round school calendar.
3. 60 WORDS OR LESS: Should the number of Advanced Placement courses available to students be increased?
Yes. AP courses help the student prepare for college, giving them the chance to accelerate college courses and enter college at the sophomore level. Programs allowing the growth of AP courses could be a joint effort with Marshall University. Students should have an opinion on the AP classes made available to them.
4. 60 WORDS OR LESS: How can schools be made safer?
I support using Prevention Resource Officers in our schools. I would encourage continued evaluation of the safety programs within each school and lobby for meetings with all agencies, professionals, and educators responsible for our school safety programs. I have worked with U.S. Attorney Goodwin on projects within the city and would not hesitate to call upon his expertise.
5. 60 WORDS OR LESS: Do you think enough is done for academically talented students?
We need to make every effort to be aware of every student's progress. CCS does their best to try to support our academically talented students, but I feel there is always room for improvement. We should look into more options to ensure we are helping these students as much as possible while not losing focus on our special needs students.
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