Lake-Lehman Candidates Vying For Nominations In Region 2
Primary election voters in Region 2 of the Lake-Lehman School District can vote for two of three school board candidates on the ballot.
Region 2 incumbents Karen Masters and Robert Wright are on the ballot with Russ Bigus, a former Dallas school board member now living in Hunlock Creek. The three candidates have cross-filed and are on the Democratic and Republican ballots.
Tuesday’s primary determines two Republican and two Democratic nominations for Region 2. The two candidates with the most votes in the November general election win four-year terms on the school board.
Two seats are up for election in Region 1, and incumbents Lorraine Farrell and John McDonald are the only primary candidates for Region 1. One seat is up for Region 3, and incumbent Marilyn Glogowski is the only primary candidate for Region 3.
Bigus, 48, lives in Hunlock Creek. He has a daughter, 20, a junior at Florida Atlantic University.
A graduate of Bishop O’Reilly High School, Bigus has a bachelor’s degree in environmental biology from East Stroudsburg University, a master’s degree in microbiology from East Stroudsburg and master’s degree in educational administration from Temple University.
Bigus is the student support coordinator and a biology instructor at Luzerne County Community College. He previously was a school principal for the Diocese of Scranton and served on the Dallas school board for eight years.
He said he wants to serve on the Lake-Lehman school board “to work on reducing taxation” and “to reduce operating costs and better control the budget.”
He said his past experience will help him serve Lake-Lehman residents and “be a part of offering a quality education to the students.”
Masters, 52, has lived in Ross Twp. for 17 years. She has been married for 27 years and has two grown sons, both of whom graduated from Lake-Lehman High School and serve in the military.
A graduate of Bloomsburg University with a bachelor’s degree in business/office management, she has work experience in various sectors, including retail, inventory control, customer service, office administration and management. She currently works for ResCare Workforce Services, a human services company and has worked there for the past eight years. Her current position is as a program manager for the Young Adult Program at the PA CareerLink Lackawanna County.
Masters has served on the Lake-Lehman school board for the past seven years and said she wants “to help make a positive impact on our community through fiscal responsibility and transparency.”
The school district’s administrative team has “done an excellent job keeping our costs in line and thinking ‘outside the box’ to help this district find avenues to produce revenue despite the decreases in our state subsidies,” Masters said.
Wright, 54, lives in Sweet Valley. He is married and is a father of four.
He has a bachelor’s degree in business from Bloomsburg University. He owns a Farmers Insurance office in the Back Mountain.
Wright has served on the school board for last four years. He said he wants to serve “on the school board to help give our students the best education we can, while maintaining fiscal responsibility.”
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