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ASBURY PARK BOARD OF EDUCATION – Full Term - Vote for ThreeMicrosoft Word - BOE-JobDescriptionForVOTE411.docx School board members in New Jersey are responsible for adopting policies under which the school district operates; overseeing the school district budget; approving the curriculum; hiring and evaluating the superintendent; representing the public during contract negotiations; and serving as a communication link between the community and the school system. Elected school board members receive no compensation and serve three-year terms, unless elected to fill an unexpired term when a vacancy occurs.

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    Connie Breech

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Biographical Information

What are the major challenges facing the community/district and how would you propose to address them if elected?

What qualifies you for this position, both personally and professionally?

What factors are critical to the quality of life/education in your community and what would you do to improve or preserve them?

The biggest major challenge is our loss of State Aid. We are currently in the process of a strategic plan to maintain our current level of education for our students and also balancing our loss of a state aid through an effective strategic plan that involves all aspects of our city.
I Have been a BOE member for 3 terms. I have been a part of so many positive changes in our district. Much like when I moved here over 20 yrs ago I saw a vision with our city and our students. I am so glad to be a part of both. But we still have work to do and I want to continue to be a part of the progress. I was not born BLUE but I AM BLUE through my work as a Police Officer and my Non-Profit foundation, I founded 19 years ago. I did not become a Board Member because I wanted to,,I did because I needed to. I have a passion I wanted to share with our students and our parents and our community. It's a thankless job but one that cannot be measured in monetary aspects but with Pride.
We need to continue our goals for furthering our students education and goals in life.Not all of our students will go on to secondary education but we need to provide them tools and opportunities to grow in all aspects of life. At the same time we need to be financially aware of the roadblocks that we as a district will face in the future.
The two main issues are the academic achievement of our students, and the financial challenges due to the loss of millions of dollars in State funding over the next 5 years. Regarding academic achievement, I support continuation of the student support and academic intervention programs that have been successful over the past 3 years. Providing additional academic support as well as social and emotional learning support to our students has raised overall student achievement significantly over the past 3 years. Improvement in academic achievement has increased at a rate higher than the NJ average. Regarding the financial challenges, I support the consolidation of some district facilities, increasing enrollment at the high school through the expansion of career academies such as the health, engineering and law enforcement academies currently developed. Increased public relations activities to parents of potential students about these academies and the Dream Academy, which provides students with a two year college degree upon graduating from high school, will result in higher enrollments. I will work with the District to explore ways to partner with city government to share resources to save money and creative ways for the municipality to raise revenue to supplement the monies received through local property taxes.
I have been a resident of Asbury Park since 2008. I have been a co-owner with my wife of Purple Glaze Donuts, a retail business in Asbury Park, since 2015. Through the business, we have supported a variety of community initiatives, including the development of a scholarship program for graduating Asbury Park High School students, and we employ Asbury Park High School students. We are active on the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce, and I am on the Board of the Eastern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce. I have over 30 years experience in post secondary education as a faculty member and administrator at the community college level. Most recently, I served nine years as the Director of Workforce Development at Brookdale Community College.
A vibrant and successful school district is critical to the quality of life for all residents in Asbury Park. The city has gone through a re-development process with the influx of new businesses and residents. It serves as a commercial and cultural hub for the surrounding area. To continue to grow and improve, the city's new businesses and residents must engage and support the re-development of the school district. As the children of Asbury Park succeed, everyone in the city will benefit from their successes. Increasing the educational performance of Asbury Park residents will ultimately result in more economic investments in the city that will improve the quality of life for all residents.
The major challenge facing the Asbury Park School District is the loss of State aid as a result of the school funding formula known as S2. Presently the District is planning a District reorganization to reduce costs while maintaining a thorough and efficient education for our students. Being a School Board Member involved in this initiative it is important that with the other eight members of the Board we remain intact as a unit. I have been a School Board Member for 10 years, first elected in 2007. At this point in time the Asbury Park School District is leading the State in social and emotional learning, has been named an Innovated School District and a Model School District. The next couple of years are going to require a knowledgable and dedicated school board members to meet the challenges facing the district. I feel I fill those requirements.
I have been a resident of Asbury Park for 34 years. My involvement in the school district began in the mid 1990's. I attended board meetings and advocated for our students. In 2007 I was first elected to the school board and now have a total of 10 years experience as a board member. As an Asbury Park Police dispatcher, I gained an insight to the community and knowledge of what some of our students challenges are when it comes to focusing on education. I spent 17 1/2 years as a dispatcher serving our community. After that, I went the alternate route to teaching receiving my NJ teaching certificate in the biological sciences. I spend a few years teaching at an alternative school. My students were grades 6-12. After that, spent a short time at a charter school. Because I have intimate community knowledge coupled with teaching experience makes me uniquely qualified to be a board member. I take pride in the Asbury Park School District and what it has achieved in the past few years and wish to continue its mission in giving our student the skills to be productive and successful adults after graduation in todays world. It is my hope I can continue that mission for another three years.
Concentrating on the education of the whole child is of utmost importance as well as making sure that the district is fiscally responsible. Because the district has been implementing programs such as social emotional learning and positive behavior and support in schools programs there has been a decrease in student disruptions. This leads to more focus and engagement in the classroom. These are important components. Students are improving their literacy and math skills which is essential. Retention and graduation rates will rise. Our academies will increase enrollment in our HS; we are seeing this now. The students are becoming career and college ready. All of this mentioned above needs to be preserved.

I would like to improve some of the negative opinions that exist about our schools and students. This is within and outside the City. Our students deserve our support and encouragement.
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