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The Kingwood Township School District serves public school students ranging from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at Kingwood Township School. The Kingwood Township Board of Education is compromised of nine members, elected by the Kingwood Township residents. The Board of Education holds regular monthly meetings at Kingwood Township School. The nine members of the School Board have a dual role: To represent the concerns of the citizens, taxpayers and parents to the school administrators, and to represent the needs of the students and school district to the citizens, taxpayers and parents of the community. The School Board sets the policies, goals and objectives for the district and holds the superintendent responsible for implementing the policies and achieving the goals. School Board members are elected for three-year terms.

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  • Donna M. Herbel

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    Russell Pitzner

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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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I have spent the majority of my professional career working with a vast range of people from across the world. I believe my experience working with all levels of business has prepared me for the challenges that come with local politics. Fortunately, our BOE is a very well run and respectful group and we're all unified in our mission to deliver the best education possible while limiting the tax burden on the residents of Kingwood.
Our BOE is a Board of Committees which means each committee of 3-4 board members is responsible for different categories (Personnel, Education, Finance, Policy, etc.). I currently sit on the Communications and Personnel committees and am not directly responsible for curriculum. I currently have two daughters at Kingwood (Kindergarten and 7th grade) and most of the civics education is geared toward 7th and 8th graders so I've not witnessed much of the civics education first hand.
It's important to provide a safe environment for children that fosters learning, and children learn best when they feel secure and comfortable. But we need to remember these are schools and not hardened structures. I put my kids on the bus on September 3rd like many other Kingwood parents with the knowledge that many NJ State Police officers' kids and the Superintendents' kids are there too. We cannot protect our children from the most determined threats, but the measures in place are excellent.
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