Merchantville BOE Candidates

On the ballot in November, are three (3) three-year board member positions and one (1) unexpired Board of Education term with two (2) candidates running: Amanda Aaron and Kelli Mouzon. Amanda Aaron, MSN, BSN, was appointed to the BOE in July to fill a temporary vacancy. She was born and raised in Merchantville, has three children attending Merchantville School and is running to ensure our children are provided with high quality, equitable education and learning opportunities that will allow them to grow and be excited about the future and engender the same sense of community as it once did. Kelli Mouzon, is co-owner of The Juice Bar, experienced in home health care and pursing early childhood education at Temple University.
The five residents competing for the three - 3 year term - seats include the following candidates: Lynn Geddes, Melania Gaskins, Kristina Kroot, Antisha Meisner and Craig Nussbaum 
Incumbent Lynn Geddes is a retired educator who feels her 40 years plus experience gives her a wealth of knowledge to address the multi-faceted needs of quality education. As board members we need to support the needs of the system by providing quality salaries, safe, clean, and functioning environments, and the necessary tools to allow our children to thrive especially the continuing professional development that gives teachers the ability to provide quality instruction. Lynn can be reached by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Melanie Gaskins is an elementary school teacher, recipient of the 2019-20 Governor’s Educator of the Year Award, who wants to contribute positively to our community through this act of service on the Board of Education. She is committed to supporting Merchantville's educators in the meaningful and impactful endeavor of teaching, guiding, facilitating, supporting, enriching and encouraging our community's youth. One of her primary goals is the need for structural modifications to become ADA compliant. Melanie can be reached by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Kristina Kroot, a newcomer to Merchantville and small business owner with an MBA, pursuing her PhD in child development psychology PhD student. She values community service and being a board member is a way to contribute. Her goal is for our families to feel confident and trusting that the school and BOE will provide a quality education and opportunities through a supportive, engaging and equitable curriculum and learning environment. Kristina Kroot can be reached by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Antisha Meisner is a stay-at-home mom, retired Marine veteran and former teacher with a BS in Secondary Education, who owns and operates a small home-based business. She is the current VP of Ongoing Programs in the PTA and is running for the BOE as a community member and a person of color in an interracial marriage with three biracial children at MES. She wants to be a voice and advocate for similar families, students and community residents who feel they are not heard and ensure that all students are acknowledged to bolster their confidence and enhance their desire to succeed.
Incumbent board member Craig Nussbaum is an MES dad, social worker at the Gloucester County Special Services School and ESS clinician for adolescents with mental health and/or intellectual disabilities. He is currently Merchantville's representative on the Haddon Heights BOE. Craig is asking residents to please consider voting for him so he may continue to represent Merchantville's kids and foster great education. He loves advocating for our kids and is invested in making sure they receive what they need. 

BOE Meetings on Zoom

The Merchantville Board of Education meetings will continue to be accessible via a zoom webinar through August 2020. Due to the Corona virus (COVID-19), the Merchantville Board of Education public meetings are being held online using Zoom, a cloud-based video conferencing tool. These instructions are provided for your convenience and are intended to assist persons in accessing and/or participating in public meetings. If you have questions, prior to the meeting you may call the Main Office during business hours at (856) 663-1091. However, any technical questions should be sent directly to Zoom.



July BOE Meeting

Agenda items for approval at the July 23rd Board of Education meeting included extending the Early Dismissal time for Merchantville School to 12:45 p.m. - previously 12:30 - Early Dismissal Days will run from 8:20 – 12:45 with bag lunches being served to all students in the school. Approval of tuition contracts with Kingsway and YALE schools for students, and the tuition contract with Haddon Heights Board of Education for regular education tuition, special education tuition, and 2017-2018 tuition adjustment in the amount of $2,080,634.00 for the 2019-2020 school year. The BOE July agenda addendum was for hiring approval of Christina Folk as a part-time Mathematics teacher starting September 1, 2019 at BA Step 3. A listing of Board of Education members and meeting minutes/agenda are available on the school website.

CH BOE Forum Tonight


The Cherry Hill Board of Education will hold a moderated forum ahead of its regular meeting Tuesday evening to interview four replacement candidates for a pair of vacancies created by the resignations of board members David Rossi and Edward Wang on June 11th and 25th. The board whittled the candidate pool down to four hopefuls in executive-session interviews: Rosy Arroyo, Emily Capella, Corrien Elmore Stratton, and Ben Ovadia. All four will participate in a public information session at 5 p.m. July 9, during which each will have the opportunity to deliver opening and closing remarks and to answer interview questions from the governing body. The proceedings will be livestreamed by the district.

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