Three Cinnaminson residents are running unopposed for three open seats on the school board this year. They are incumbents Dolores Woodington and James McGuckin and newcomer Laura Fitzwater. Incumbent Linda Lamb is not seeking another term.
William Conley and Harry Shea pulled their names from consideration by the deadline in September. They had originally filed in June.
We are bringing you profiles of each school board candidate. Here is the first.
Name: Laura J. Fitzwater
Education: AA in Business, Community College of Philadelphia, BS in Management, Rosemont College, MA in English, Arcadia University
Profession: Adjunct professor/instructor, Arcadia University and Community College of Philadelphia
Family: Partner, Geri, and three children. We moved here in 2005 to provide our girls with a good education, and we have been happy with our decision. Our son bought a house in Cinnaminson last year, our older daughter is in CHS and the youngest in is CMS.
Volunteer experience: Project Challenge, Library aide at New Albany and Eleanor Rush, Rush Book Fair, United Health Care events, Special Olympics
Elected positions held: This is the first elected position for which I have run.
Why did you decide to run? While the Cinnaminson School District has been recognized recently for its educational achievements, we can still do more. Since I am an educator, I felt I could bring a fresh set of ideas to our school board. I look forward to helping to incorporate positive change that will benefit the children of Cinnaminson.
Top issues facing Cinnaminson schools: Funding is our biggest issue. I want to contribute a new voice to the board in the hope of continuing to use our dollars most appropriately.