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Flemington-Raritan School District- Raritan Twp. {_getChooseLabel(this.selections.length)}

The Flemington-Raritan School District serves children from both Flemington Boro and Raritan Township. The district consists of four K - 4 elementary schools, one intermediate school for grades 5 and 6 and a middle school for grades 7 and 8. The Board of Education is the governing body of the school district, responsible for developing policy to ensure the proper care, management and control of district affairs, and supporting the mission of educating our students to reach their full potential. To that end, the Flemington-Raritan Board of Education sets district policy which is then implemented by the superintendent and administrators.In addition to setting policy, the Board hires the superintendent; approves staff hiring, resignations, terminations and leaves of absence; reviews and adopts the district budget; approves expenditures; approves educational programs (curriculum), and otherwise ensures that proper facilities and equipment are available to support teaching and learning in the district.The Board is comprised of nine, volunteer members, with seven members elected from Raritan Township and two members elected from Flemington Borough. Members are elected to three-year terms on the November general election day.

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  • Robyn Fatooh

  • Marianne Kenny

  • Johanna S. Ruberto

  • Christopher Walker

Biographical Information

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

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 our students safe in our schools?

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Flemington Raritan has been my family’s home since 1987. The Flemington Raritan School district provided both of my daughters with an academic experience in alignment with the values of our home. As parents we were able to depend on school administration to be forthright and open about the challenges faced by the school and any issues regarding the education of our children. Professionally, I have been an educator for over 40 years. I have witnessed the development of the profession from every level. I learned from my experience as an educator the high expectations that community members placed on their school districts and how to best manage community concerns with Board of Education policies. I place a high value on public education.
I think that the civics education in our schools can always be improved upon at every level. It is important for our students to understand the very basics of the way our system functions. It is easy to understand why a young adult might feel aloof from local community affairs if they are not properly educated in how local government functions. It is only by understanding, through education, how government functions, that our students will find the ability to effectively produce change in that government so as to reflect the values that they wish to see in the community on issues that are important to them.

All of our students, and by extension their families, deserve to attend school with their sole focus on broadening their knowledge base and not worrying about their safety. It is truly unfortunate that we must confront this issue of adequate safety in schools, but in the absence of inroads being made on a national level, it is up to our community to do its best to ensure a safe learning environment for our families. I fully support the use of proper sign-in/sign-out procedures, cameras on school properties (particularly at entrance/exits), and monitors/personnel on school grounds ready to assist in emergency situations. Of course, I am always open to discussing additional measures if backed up by the evidential record.
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