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An elected school board member serves a three-year term. The school board represents the concerns of citizens, taxpayers and parents to the school administrators, and represents the needs of the students and school district to citizens, taxpayers and parents. The school board does not operate the district on a day-to-day basis; that is the job of the superintendent (the district’s chief executive). Rather, the school board sets policies, goals and objectives for the district, and holds the superintendent responsible for implementing those policies and goals. (Abridged from NJ School Boards Association website)

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  • Kimberley Brisbin

  • Alexander Dunleavy

  • Monica Korn

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    Matthew Minder

  • Kellie Murray

  • Leah M. Straub

Biographical Information

Why are you running for the board of education (Why are you seeking reelection)? What expertise do you bring?

What is your top budget priority and why?

What is your view on test scores? What steps will you take to improve these scores (if improvements are needed)?

What are your views on the latest formula for apportioning state aid for schools?

What measures, if any, do you feel are needed to improve the safety and security of our schools?

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I am running for the Laurel Springs board of education to determine the feasibility of moving our children to an alternative school district. This is a possible means of reducing taxpayer care while simultaneously increasing student benefit.
My top budget priority is to decrease the taxpayer cost while simultaneously maintaining, or improving, the benefits provided to our children in Laurel Springs. I believe this can be achieved by exploring educational opportunities outside of the Sterling Regional School District.
I believe test scores are an important part of assessing student achievement, but not a means to all ends. Test scores often indicate how students will fare when moving on to post-secondary education. What is also critical is preparing our students for potential trade careers. Ultimately, we need to provide options for our youth, test scores can help us make accommodations for those on a path to college. We must also prepare our youth for careers in a trade.
I believe the state should reassess "adequacy budgets" to ensure the allotted funds match the districts who are most at need and vice versa. I also believe is it imperative to maintain accountability in transparency in allotting state funds to ensure resources are evenly distributed, rather than concentrated in townships with political clout.
I have not visited Laurel Springs Elementary in many years, but as an elected school board member, I will visit my alma mater and make an assessment on school security protocols. Nevertheless, I find it imperative that students are raised in a healthy, safe, and secure environment.
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