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The North Plainfield School District is committed to developing and maintaining a world class learning environment by providing a relevant, integrated, and progressive curriculum that will foster continued intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth in all students in order to prepare them to succeed in our dynamic, diverse, and technological society while also developing in them an appreciation for the humanistic and aesthetic aspects of life.The election is for two Board of Education members. Each serving a three year term.
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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?

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Qualifications/Experience Substitute teacher in this district. Committee Chair for local Boy Scout Troop.
Campaign Address 371 Malcolm Avenue North Plainfield, NJ 07063
Campaign Email jimthe5th@aol.com
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I have been exposed to the inner workings of the educational system for most of my life. I grew up the son of two Math teachers and when I was young my mom was also on the school board in our town. I am a parent of three children, in grades 10, 8 and Kindergarten. I have been working as a substitute teacher for the past 7 years in our district in the three elementary schools and the intermediate school. I have am very involved in our local community and have served in a leadership role in the PTA at my kids elementary school as a vice president and currently as the recording secretary. I have also been involved in the local scouts, serving 1st as a den leader and then as Committee Chair for a local boy scout troop, Troop 235.
The first is funding. Seeing how many teachers are using things such as GoFundMe or DonorsChoose to supplement their classrooms, makes me proud to have such resourceful teachers, but sad that the current budget doesn’t support many of the initiatives and resources needed for our classrooms. The second problem I see is involvement. Our Board of Education meetings are very poorly attended, as are most of the PTA/PTO meetings. More parents need to be active participants in their children’s educations. The third is the ever increasing competition facing our children as they plan for college. Making sure that they have access to resources to help them get accepted to a 4 year college is a major need.
My tenth grade student loves his history classes, having gotten very interested in 6th grade when he had his first class dedicated to just that subject. That said, I am not sure that civics has been been stressed enough. I think there should be more time focused on things like the electoral process, the specific responsibilities of each branch of government, and what all of our taxes pay for in terms of social services.
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