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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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    Joe Miller

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    Everett "Ed" Simpson

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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As time progresses, Myself along with many other citizens have felt “abandoned” and in a sense “separated” from their elected officials (on a local, state, and federal level); And I want to change this. I want to strengthen the overall connection between voters of all ages and those who are elected to lead. After graduating from high school, I then found myself living in Maine up until March 2020 attending the University of Maine in Orono. While a student at UMaine, I was a Senator in the Student Government, and volunteered on a plethora of local and state campaigns. If elected I will be sure to always try my hardest to keep the school district of Audubon financially stable, as well as beneficial for all students of all backgrounds.
One main goal I would like to focus on with the budget is that of supporting/funding extracurricular activities (Musical and Athletic). This should be an important aspect of any educational financial plan; and this is truer today than ever before. While most of our “in-classroom” activities have thankfully been getting state and federal support to help with the repercussions of COVID-19, The “after-school” programs have not been so fortunate. If still practicing social distancing and taking proper precautions, students should still be able to continue with any club/team meetings while not impacting their “at-home” finances.
While the overall test-scores within Audubon’s school district are “Above Average” on a national level, our educational system does not rank near some of the surrounding schools. According to online research and statewide rankings: Haddon Heights is 159th and Haddonfield is the 140th best school district throughout New Jersey. With these scores in mind, it is confusing to see why such a closely neighboring town such as Audubon comes in at 206th. To help improve these scores I feel that we must build a stronger and more friendly relationship with the students. We can do so by having incentive programs to encourage the children to strive to always hand in their best work.
Since Phil Murphy has been elected, we have seen a revised method on school funding compared to what we were used to in the past. With the state’s new plan, we see districts that have gotten funding in surplus being decreased and vice versa. While I do see this new method being of crucial importance; it does need to be rewritten. I only say this because we are seeing districts that need little to no government funding such as Haddonfield getting an increase in the amounts of funding they receive. To prove my point, if you look at the budget for the year of 2019, Haddonfield received a 39.9% increase in funding while Audubon only saw a 4.7% increase that same year.
Thankfully, we live in an area where crime is lower than many other parts of this nation. However, the wellbeing of each and every student still (and always will be) top priority. Since the Audubon School District is doing all they can with the funding given to guarantee a good quality and shielded place to learn, we need to build-up our district and grow together to make sure we each are as prosperous as can be. To work on this goal of safety, and to go “hand-in-hand” with more school involvement throughout the community I feel that we should have a volunteer group within the school system itself that acts as a Neighborhood Watch that can include students, faculty, and parents!
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I attended Audubon public schools k-12. I have a daughter that will attend either this year or next year. I would like to represent all parents of children in the early grades as I myself am one. Additionally I bring my experience as a teacher of over twelve years to the table. I have seen good policy and bad and watched them play out in the classroom. I am eager to listen and humble enough to continue to learn.
Covid related issues. Funding for sports and extracurricular activities, funding vocational training.
I view test scores as one of several ways to gauge a school district. I will support any initiatives to improve them but NOT at the expense of a well rounded education that upholds the tradition of pride and excellence.
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Our schools are only as safe as the humans that we employ to work in them.
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I have a history of having an excellent rapport with the local Board members, had participated on three committees during my previous tenure, including the committee to choose the current Superintendent, and had chaired two of those committees including the Education committee that was working on updating the current curriculum. I look forward to continuing my work on the mathematics curriculum throughout the three buildings.
We must be able to successfully accommodate the large number of teachers who wish to teach remotely so that they can feel safe in returning to the class room and we can get our children back in class. Safety cannot be compromised and is key in returning our students back to a live classroom environment.
Audubon's ELA test scores throughout the District have held relatively higher than the norm in the State of New Jersey. Without test scores generally, we would not have that information. We had previously determined that the mathematics scores in the 4th, 5th, and 11th grades needed additional updating, mainly due to the national tendency in education to advance subjects to earlier grades year over year, and we were applying our resources in getting teacher involvement in testing new curriculums, technology, and new text books to choose the next generation of mathematics curriculums to make improvements in those areas. Again, without test scores, we would not have that information. I would continue my work in this area.
Audubon has largely been successful in being awarded their fair share of State aid even though many schools in our county lost significant sums of money in the past two fiscal years. Much of obtaining State aid has to do with how the BA applies the budget year over year. Audubon has been lucky to have chosen very talented BA's and I would continue to support Audubon's current BA.
Audubon made several changes in all three of the school buildings in 2018 and 2019 to make our schools safe and secure and current as appropriate for the level of risk. Examples include adding extended foyers in the elementary schools and electric locks in the existing foyers as well as identifying and assigning escorts for all visitors. Additionally, all teachers in the District wear lapel pins with an alarm and a local officer is always in close proximity. Although additional measures are always appreciated, the level of security is satisfactory at this time.