Dr. Nemishh Mehta is running in the Appoquinimink Board of Education.
How long have you lived in the Appoquinimink School District? More than five years
Where do you live in the district? Brennan Estates, Bear
Education: Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Ind. MD, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia BS, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.
Career: Practicing physician with more than 10 years experience, currently with Bear Internal Medicine and Pediatrics located in Peoples Plaza, Newark, a private practice founded by myself and my wife in 2004.
Family: Married to Shilpa Mehta, MD. Children – Nikhil, age 9, and Shreya, age 6
Community involvement/activities: Neighborhood committee working with DelDOT to increase the safety of children and reduce speeding in front of Olive B. Loss Elementary School, Bunker Hill Elementary School feeder pattern committee, Board member Brennan Estates, Deed Restriction Committee chair for Brennan Estates, coach with Bear Babe Ruth, Pediatric Advisory committee at Christiana Hospital, Delaware Pediatric Council, Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics
How many children do you have enrolled in Appoquinimink School District and what schools do they attend? Two children, both at Olive B Loss (first- and third-grade)
Why do you want to be elected to the Appoquinimink Board of Education? As a product of a public school education, I want to ensure all the children in the district continue to receive a high-quality education. As an active member of the community, I care deeply about our school district. I feel I am the best person to represent the parents and the community on the Appoquinimink school board. I have two young children in the district and I have a vested interest in the future of the school district. As a pediatrician, I constantly hear about issues with children and the schools. I can better serve them by being on the school board. More needs to be done to deal with the obesity epidemic. The school district can play a major role in helping with the health needs of the children. A holistic approach to teaching our children to better prepare them for today’s world. I want more involvement from parents in the decision making process for the district.
What do you see as the biggest challenge in this position? The biggest challenge will be encouraging a spirit of cooperation with the other board members and Dr. Marchio as we prioritize goals with the limits imposed by the current economy. Better communication and input from parents will be key.
What are your thoughts on how to handle the area’s growth when it comes to the schools?
The 10-year Master Facility plan needs to be revisited and readjusted to meet the current times. We need to take into account many district families dealing with job losses and fewer new homes being bought. We have to better utilize the current building space in the district.
With projected reductions in state funding, how would you limit the effect on quality education for students in the district? Everyone will agree we need to retain our quality educators. We will have to work with the state government to keep funding at adequate levels to ensure special programs for our children are not cut. We have to look at our fixed costs and see where reductions can be made.
What do you want the district to be like in five years when your term is completed? Many colleagues and parents presume my children attend private school, however, I am proud to tell them my children attend school in the Appoquinimink School District. In five years, I still want to be able to say this. I see a school district that has surpassed our educational goals by keeping the children as our focus teaching them 21st-century skills. I see a school district that is fiscally sound having met the needs of the children and the community. I see a district that has a stronger relationship with the children and parents; one that I am proud to be a part of. This can only be achieved by a continued effort as a school board to stay focused on the big picture – our children and their education.