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Candidate profile: Scott Caserta

Mar. 24, 2014 @ 09:34 PM

The 2014 W.Va. primary election is Tuesday, May 13.

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NAME: Scott Caserta

CANDIDATE FOR: Cabell County Board of Education (3 open seats, nonpartisan race)

DUTIES OF THE OFFICE: Board of Education members implement policies; set the annual budget; approve hiring, suspension and firing of all employees; and deal with major disciplinary matters with students. Members serve staggered, four-year terms. Board members are paid $160 per meeting for up to 50 meetings.

CITY: Huntington

BIOGRAPHY: AGE: 50

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.

QUESTION & ANSWER: 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."

ABOUT THE BOARD OF EDUCATION RACE: There are five districts in Cabell County, and no more than two people from the same district can be on the board of education at the same time. There are three open seats in the 2014 election. Incumbent board member Mary Neely, district 2, is seeking re-election. Challengers include Karen Nance, district 1; Samuel R. Moore, district 3; Nazim M. Abbess II, district 4; Scott Caserta, district 4; and Rhonda E. Smalley, district 4. The top votegetters win in a school board election, as long as no more than two are in the same district. In this election, only district 4 runs that risk. Because there is already one district 4 sitting member (Garland "Skip" Parsons) is a sitting member, only Abbess, Caserta or Smalley could win the second district 4 seat.

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