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Bridgewater Raritan Regional School District - Bridgewater {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District (BRRSD), in collaboration with the community, provides a balanced, challenging, and comprehensive education that meets or exceeds New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and empowers every student to achieve his or her full potential as a lifelong learner and contributing member of society.The district's nine-member Board of Education is apportioned by population between Bridgewater and Raritan. Since the early 1990s, Bridgewater has elected eight of the board members and Raritan has elected one. This election is for members from Bridgewater. Each serving a three year term.

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  • Jill Gladstone

  • Lynne Hurley

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    Steven S. Singer

Biographical Information

What personal and professional experiences have prepared you for serving on the Board?

What do you consider the three most important challenges facing our local public schools at this time? How would you address these challenges?

Do you think that the current civics education in our schools is adequate? If not, what do you think can be done to improve it?

What changes would you support or oppose to keep out students safe in our schools?

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I have been a regular fixture at Bridgewater-Raritan Board of Education meetings since my daughter entered elementary school 7 years ago. At that time, I began reporting on the activities of the Board of Education to the Adamsville Elementary School PTO. I later served on the executive board of the PTO as a treasurer for 4 years. I was fortunate to be selected to work with other parents, community leaders, staff, and administration on the steering committee tasked with developing a strategic plan for the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District, and have since participated in meetings of the sustainability and technology action teams within the district.
The three biggest challenges public schools face, in my opinion, are security, sustainability, and emotional well-being. There is considerable overlap among these issues. We, as parents, live in a different world than the one in which our parents raised us. We need to identify and address security issues in the facilities used by the school district. To do this, we need to continually assess the weak points in our procedures and follow the advice of experts in the field. This will require in-depth analysis of the school budget to ensure we are secure both physically and financially not only today, but for years to come. Through communicating with students, parents, staff about the improvements made, having the proper support systems in place, and educating students and parents on digital citizenship and community, we can help students focus on learning.
Our district does a great job educating our students about their rights and duties as citizens of the United States of America. My children have been fortunate to have very engaging teachers who have brought many of the issues facing Americans as citizens to the floor of their classrooms. From the first day of class, when they created a Students Bill of Rights, and throughout their social studies courses, they are encouraged to discuss and debate topics with which our leaders in government have grappled. As Board of Education members, we must ensure that our schools continue to be a safe space in which our teachers can challenge our children to engage in the open discussion of these issues.
The security of our children, both physically and emotionally, is of the utmost importance. We must identity and address weaknesses in the many facilities maintained by the school district through physical improvements and the implementation of best practices in the field of school security. Our district has done a good job not only increasing the security presence among the schools, but doing so in a manner that has made the students feel secure but not threatened. As our security measures are enhanced, an eye must be kept on making sure students feel they are in an environment that promotes learning and growth, not a stifling environment where children are forced to mature at an unnatural pace.