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|Scranton Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Other||Culinary Institute of America|
|Profession||Culinary arts instructor|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 What was at stake?
- 4 About the district
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 External links
- 8 References
McAndrew graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1983. He previously worked as an executive chef for a food services provider. McAndrew currently works as a culinary arts instructor with Lackawanna Career Technology Center. He and his wife, Anne Marie, have three children.
|Scranton School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Cross filed||Cy Douaihy Incumbent||18.4%||8,354|
|Cross filed||Bob Sheridan Incumbent||16.9%||7,648|
|Republican||Bob Lesh Incumbent||13.1%||5,938|
|Source: Lackawanna County, "Certified Election Results," accessed December 14, 2013]|
McAndrew placed fourth in the May 21 Democratic primary and fifth in the May 21 Republican primary.
|Scranton School District, Democratic Primary, May 21, 2013|
|Democratic||Cy Douaihy Incumbent||11%||3,900|
|Democratic||Bob Sheridan Incumbent||10.6%||3,773|
|Democratic||Bob Lesh Incumbent||9.8%||3,495|
|Democratic||James J. Timlin||7%||2,492|
|Democratic||Kevin J. Manley||5.6%||1,980|
|Democratic||Douglas J. Miller||3.5%||1,234|
|Source: Lackawanna County Board of Elections|
|Scranton School District, Republican Primary, May 21, 2013|
|Republican||Bob Sheridan Incumbent||14.4%||907|
|Republican||Bob Lesh Incumbent||11.5%||724|
|Republican||Cy Douaihy Incumbent||10.9%||682|
|Republican||James J. Timlin||8.8%||550|
|Source: Lackawanna County Board of Elections|
McAndrew reported no contributions or expenditures to the Pennsylvania Secretary of State.
McAndrew received the endorsement of The Times-Tribune on October 29, 2013.
What was at stake?
Incumbents Cy Douaihy, Bob Lesh and Bob Sheridan sought re-election to full terms on the board. They were joined by McAndrew, Carol Oleski and Robert Casey in pursing four available seats on November 5, 2013. Voters also filled an unexpired two-year term left by the resignation of Sean O'Shea in April due to obligations in the Pennsylvania National Guard. The Lackawanna County Democratic Party selected Kyle Donahue as their candidate for the seat in September. Bob Lesh also pursued the unexpired term as the Republican candidate.
Federal lawsuit by suspended principal
On October 25, 2013, suspended Robert Morris Elementary principal Gwendolyn Damiano filed a lawsuit in federal court against the district claiming deprivation of her right to due process. Damiano was suspended by the district on July 3, 2013 due to allegations that she failed to adequately oversee administration of state standardized tests in the school. The district was under investigation by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as cheating allegations clouded local schools. District officials suspended four teachers and recommended the firing of another teacher related to these investigations. The Board of Education overturned these suspensions and prevented the firing.
Her lawsuit claims that the district failed to provide a timely appeal of her suspension due to the upcoming school board election. Damiano's lawsuit accuses five board members including Cy Douaihy, Bob Lesh and Bob Sheridan of delaying her September 19, 2013 appeal hearing to avoid embarrassment ahead of the election. The board held three preliminary hearings in August and early September but canceled the September 19 hearing without rescheduling the meeting.
About the district
- See also: Scranton School District, Pennsylvania
Scranton lagged behind state rates for higher education achievement, median income and poverty according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old (19.2%) was lower than the state average (26.7%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated a median income of $36,968 in Scranton and $51,651 in the state of Pennsylvania. Scranton had a poverty rate of 20.4% in 2010 while Pennsylvania's poverty rate was 12.6%.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Facebook, "Mark McAndrew for Scranton School Board Director," accessed November 1, 2013
- "Pennsylvania Department of State," "Campaign Finance Online Reporting," accessed December 19, 2013
- The Times-Tribune, "School board in transition Vacancies, cross-filing complicate ballot, politics," October 29, 2013
- The Times-Tribune, "Dems pick nominee for Scranton School board," September 11, 2013
- The Times-Tribune, "Suspended Scranton principal sues several school directors," October 26, 2013
- 2010 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Scranton," accessed November 1, 2013
- Pennsylvania Department of State, "Voter Registration Statistics," accessed November 1, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014