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|West Windsor-Plainsboro Board of Education, West Windsor|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||Carnegie Mellon University|
|Master's||University of Southern California|
Powell earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He later earned a M.B.A. 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.
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.
|West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School School Board, West Windsor District, 3-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Louisa Ho Incumbent||29%||2,866|
|Source: Mercer County Clerk, "Election Results," November 13, 2013|
Powell reported no contributions or expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
In an interview with the League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area, Powell explained his views on major issues facing the district:
"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."
"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."
"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
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%).
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.
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- New Jersey
- West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, New Jersey
- West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District elections (2013)
- West Windsor & Plainsboro News, "Candidates Forum: Scott Powell," September 27, 2013
- NJ.com, "West Windsor-Plainsboro school board president to challenge mayor in November election," June 24, 2013
- New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, "Standard Search," accessed December 27, 2013
- League of Women of the Princeton Area, "West Windsor Candidates for WW-P School Board 2013," accessed October 23, 2013
- 2010 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Mercer County," accessed October 22, 2013
- Mercer County Clerk, "News," accessed October 22, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014