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West Windsor-Plainsboro Board of Education, West Windsor
Term ends
November 2016
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sCarnegie Mellon University
Master'sUniversity of Southern California
ProfessionProduct manager
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Scott Powell currently represents West Windsor on the West Windsor-Plainsboro Board of Education in New Jersey. He won election on November 5, 2013 against incumbent Louisa Ho and challengers Rakesh Kak and Yingchao Zhang.


Powell earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He later earned an MBA from the University of Southern California. Powell currently works as a product manager at Prudential Financial. He and his wife have two children currently attending district schools.[1]



See also: West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District elections (2013)


Incumbent Alapakkam Manikandan lost re-election for the Plainsboro seat to challenger Yu Taylor Zhong. The race for two seats from West Windsor included incumbent Louisa Ho and challengers Powell, Rakesh Kak and Yingchao Zhang. Powell and Ho won those seats. Incumbent Hemant Marathe ran for Mayor of West Windsor after serving for nine years on the board.[2]


West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School School Board, West Windsor District, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngScott Powell 30.2% 2,977
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLouisa Ho Incumbent 29% 2,866
     Nonpartisan Rakesh Kak 24.8% 2,448
     Nonpartisan Yingchao Zhang 15.8% 1,560
     Nonpartisan Personal choice 0.2% 19
Total Votes 9,870
Source: Mercer County Clerk, "Election Results," November 13, 2013


Powell reported no contributions or expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.[3]

Campaign themes


In an interview with the League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area, Powell explained his views on major issues facing the district:[4]

District growth

"As we prepare to absorb the growing student population in West Windsor, we should grow our facilities sparingly, because an increase in students today can reverse tomorrow as neighborhoods mature. For example, at the lower grade schools, where the children spend most of their instructional time in the same room, we need more classrooms. We can add portable classrooms to the grounds of these schools. At the middle schools, we can share the classroom space between teachers, to maximize the use of the facilities. Finally, the high schools should employ the flipped classroom principle (learn concepts at home, work problems in class) in math and science. This should allow each class to handle more students."

Financial challenges

"From year-to-year any enterprise, including the school district, has three financial options: keep spending the same but reprioritize, raise revenue (taxes) or lower spending. Raising revenues (i.e. taxes) should be our last choice, we already pay pretty high property taxes. Accomplishing more with less (or the same) money requires us to look for new ways to achieve our goals. However, making intelligent decisions about spending requires several months, or years, learning about the financial operations of the district, and then making informed choices."

School safety

"Our schools currently have appropriate safety measures in place. We practice fire drills and teach the students how to respond to intruders with evacuation drills. I believe the proposed dual door entryways may reduce the likelihood of intruders entering school grounds. This would only work if staff enforce strict entry criteria and prevent piggybacking. In an open society, the best defense is prevention. We need to educate the adults in our community to detect and treat people with malicious intent."

About the district

See also: West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, New Jersey
West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District is located in Mercer County, New Jersey
. The West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District serves students in Plainsboro and West Windsor in Mercer County, New Jersey. The population of Mercer County was 366,513 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


Mercer County outperformed state averages for higher education achievement and median income while lagging behind the state poverty rate in 2010. The county had a poverty rate of 10.7% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 9.4%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Mercer County's median income at $73,883 while the state median income was $71,180. The percentage of county residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (38%) is higher than the state average (35%).[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
Race Mercer County (%) New Jersey (%)
White 66.5 73.8
Black or African American 21 14.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.6
Asian 9.7 9
Two or More Races 2 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 53.3 58.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 67.2 30.5
2008 67.3 31.3
2004 - -
2000 - -

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[7]

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