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Dillon Carr

The Monroeville Democratic and Republican committees have nominated candidates for a Gateway School Board special election.

Paul Caliari is the Democratic nominee, and Cheryl Boise is the Republican nominee.

Caliari, 45, is a Monroeville resident and former councilman. He did not run for re-election for his Ward 5 council seat in 2017, but was one of nine people who applied to fill a Gateway School Board vacancy in April 2018. Board member Jack Bova ended up filling that seat.

Caliari has three children, two of whom are students in the school district. He works as a general manager of facilities and engineering for Sisters of Mercy in Oakland.

If elected, Caliari said he would work to keep the district’s academic performance excellent by “never getting behind that curve” when it comes to providing the latest technology to students.

“I want students to get every advantage they can get while in school,” he said.

He wants to improve the relationship between Monroeville council and the school board.

Boise, 68, is a Monroeville resident who graduated from Gateway in 1968.

Her two children also graduated from the school district, and she now has grandchildren who are Gateway students.

As someone who attends school board meetings, she said she has considered running for a seat for a long time.

“I’ve worked with issues with kids in education for years,” Boise said. “I have a knowledge base that can be used.”

Before retiring, Boise said she worked as a director at Commonwealth Educational Organization, an educational nonprofit that used to be based out of the Fox Chapel area.

She said her goal, if elected, is to help students succeed because that is a school board member’s responsibility.

“They’ve already started down a good path, and I’m pleased with the board,” she said. “I want to bring success to the kids. Gateway matters a lot to me. So I expect them to be the best they can be — I want them to succeed.”

Democratic and Republican committee members voted on candidates from Monroeville and Pitcairn during two meetings held Aug. 27 and 28 at the Monroeville Municipal Authority.

Caliari and Boise will be placed on the general election ballot. Third-party candidates have until Sept. 16 to file nomination papers with the Allegheny County Elections Division. They must collect at least 95 signatures and file nomination papers by then.

The elected official will serve the remainder of former board member Jesse Kalkstein’s seat. He resigned July 23. The school board appointed Dawn Neilly, his replacement, without public discussion.

Neilly said she would not run for the seat in an effort to make the process fair. She will serve on the board through November.

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