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The East Amwell Township School District serves public school students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade at East Amwell Township School. The East Amwell Township Board of Education is a 9 member elected body that adopts policy for the daily operation of the school and sees that school laws are properly explained, enforced, and observed. Board members serve three-year terms.

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  • Carole Ammann

  • Paul Hutchins

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    Londy J. Prendamano

Biographical Information

Why are you running for the board of education (Why are you seeking reelection)? What personal and professional skills do you possess that will make you an effective Board member?

What are the challenges and opportunities you see for our school district and how do you propose to address them?

How would you rate our school district’s plan for reopening our schools under COVID-19 pandemic conditions? What are your concerns, if any, about the plan and what solutions can you offer?

Looking ahead to a post-pandemic future, what are we learning from our school district’s experience with the COVID-19 pandemic that will or should affect how our schools operate in the future?

Campaign Address 143 Manners Road
Campaign Email caroleammann@comcast.net
I have been a member of the East Amwell Township Board of Education since 2002. I am seeking reelection because I remain dedicated to the current and future students of the community, and am committed that they receive the same education that my own children were fortunate enough to experience. I am a licensed clinical social worker currently employed by Hunterdon Medical Center as an Outpatient Psychotherapist in the Behavioral Health Department. I have also worked extensively in the mental health and family service fields for over 30 years. I feel my experience and years of working with children and adolescents gives me a unique perspective and understanding of both developmental issues as well as an opportunity to provide insights and information on social and emotional learning.
In the current educational landscape, it remains a challenge to preserve small class sizes and individualized focus. However this challenge, when addressed with informed and creatives strategies, can ultimately become an opportunity for students to receive a unique public school experience. Another recurring challenge for all districts is the ability to maintain fiscal responsibility without sacrificing our robust range of programs and services. Our district’s proactive pursuit of shared services has been a critical factor in sustaining the programs and resources that provide our students with a myriad of opportunities and experiences.
The unprecedented challenge of COVID-19 faced by all school districts required us to approach the school year from an entirely different perspective. Our administration worked tirelessly throughout the spring and summer to prepare for school to reopen. This was a massive undertaking which included everything from ordering supplies early before the demand became too great, reconfiguring all classrooms and the school itself, and planning for different scenarios. The final approximately 80 page document left no stone unturned.
Now that our district has experienced the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, we clearly understand the importance of timely preparation and periodic re-evaluation of our plans to appropriately address changing conditions.
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Campaign Address 5 Boss Rd
Campaign Email bunnyexpress5@gmail.com
I am running for reelection in hopes that I can continue to serve the students, staff, and community of East Amwell. I am currently in my 25th year as an educator in the state of New Jersey. In the past six months, my job has changed drastically, and I can understand the challenges that students, families, staff, and schools face. My daughter attends East Amwell School and she is attending in person during Covid 19. East Amwell School has done a tremendous job preparing the facilities, staff, and students to safely return to school. I am proud to have served on the Board of Education during the decision making process of how to open schools safely.
Schools are facing unprecedented challenges. How do we keep children, staff, and support staff safe, how do we clean the facilities…? The list goes on and on. During the past several months many plans have been made, then directives changed, and the board of education has had to pivot with all of those changes and keep taking steps forward to continue making progress. I am expecting that things will continue to change with Covid 19. I will continue to keep my thinking flexible with the safety of all community members foremost in my mind.
East Amwell School is open and the children and staff are safe. Everyone is wearing a mask, plexiglass is on all desks, cleaning protocols are in place, and interaction is at a minimum. Although this is very different from any school year in the past, the children and staff members are meeting these challenges head on with ingenuity and resilience. I am thrilled that the children of East Amwell have the option to see their teachers, peers, and classmates in person while still maintaining required safety protocols.
The current pandemic will forever change some things about our schools. Some changes may be very positive. I am wondering if snow days will ever mean that school is truly cancelled? Perhaps children will learn remotely in the morning, and then play in the snow in the afternoon. The children are also learning a great deal about technology and these skills will support them throughout their education and adult life. The pandemic has also taught many of us the importance of human interaction. So many of our children were missing their friends and the emotional connections friendship offers. The importance of attending school in person seems to be more essential than ever.
My wife and I moved to Hunterdon County 12 years ago. We love our local elementary school. Two of my children are currently enrolled in East Amwell Township School. My oldest attended from Kindergarten and is now a senior at Hunterdon Central Regional High School. As a retired NYC Police Officer, I pay close attention to security details and my background in construction will be useful on the Building and Grounds Committee.
Current conditions regarding the pandemic have presented great challenges to our school. As of now, it seems that the school has worked to implement a safe plan and has successfully reopened. Going forward, there may be fiscal challenges associated with the changes made during the pandemic.
In my opinion, our school has one of the most effective plans for reopening and could be used as a model for other small districts.
The hope is that the pandemic will become less and less of a challenge as the virus loses its momentum. I believe that one day, we will be back to operating as usual. Hand washing has now become more widespread and should continue into the future. Making parents more aware of the general health of their children before sending them to school is also essential.