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The mission of the Manville School District, in partnership with the entire Manville community, is to provide our students with a student-centered and nurturing educational environment focused upon the academic expectations as identified by the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, and the development of the child as a life-long learner, and a respectful contributing member of a democratic society. A member of the Manville Borough School District Board of Education is elected to a term of three years.
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    Robert M. Kaminski Retired-Corporate Instructor

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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?

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Qualifications/Experience I've been a Substitute teacher along with retiring as a Corporate Instructor I've had 2 successful child go thru the Public School System
Campaign Address 10 Liberty St Manville, NJ 08835
Campaign Email bob.kam.5109@gmail.com
As a Corporate Instructor I was charged with formulating and keeping within a budget limit while still maintaining a high level of instruction. Often additional monies are not available nor did I have the luxury of increa$ed taxes to spend at will. Therefore, I'm extremely aware of staying WITHIN a budget for deploying classroom instruction My projects consisted of ALL phases from travel, materials, use of updated technologies for deployment. I've worked all over this country, sometimes wondering if I was in this country. I care about BOTH sides between the Education, and what this Blue Collar town can afford, especially our seniors.
1. Manville is not only a small town, but a middle class income town. We can NOT compete with the better education that other surrounding towns provide, unless the Taxe$ DOUBLE We have 4 schools that are old and in some cases in need of costly major repairs if not replacement. The technology within is antiquated, even if and when it works. If new technology where added, additional instruction to the teachers would be needed. All this takes time. Something our students don't have. As the BOE attempts to raise the education level over the next 7 years or so, these present students still go off to college and the work force somewhat inadequate. It's time to honestly consider out of district choices. Bridgewater or Hillsboro would be my choice. Start with the High School and go forward from there working down to the Middle school. Give the kids the equal chance for success NOW,that their competition have. 2. Attracting better teachers, but here again the balance is higher taxes. Those teachers already exist Out-of-District As a BOE member, I say we have a responsibility to the students, but answer to the Tax Payers 3. I'm also very concerned that BOE members vote on a budget that includes raises and benefits which directly effect those members who are associated with the schools, retired, admin, whatever. Conflict-of-Interest. Also concerned that the BOE does NOT digitally record meeting, but hand write down notes which leads to misses, either selective to by shear mistake.
NOT in Manville, we are too far behind the 8-Ball to recover for the next several years of students. 1 step is to keep pressure on the State for replacing the funding they reduced us from over the past several years. Being retired, I've the time to go fight for ALL OF US. The other is to be mindful of a budget which scares many seniors to move away and scares others from moving into town At nearly $9,000 taxes a house, one can move somewhere else, have the better schools and a better house, all at the same tax level. Unlike some BOE Members that have said "They care only for the students, NOT THE TOWN", I say BOTH needs have to be considered. I believe much is 'hidden' to the public as this BOE will not submit a Line-Item-Budget. So "Do you know where your money went". Define a Budget then lower the cost to taxpayers as State monies become available. DON'T ADD TO IT. Next year to add to the added monies which came from the state, which comes from taxes, therefore, "Aren't we paying taxes on tax money???"
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