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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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    Angel Rodriguez

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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Campaign Email angelrod1996@gmail.com
I am running for the board of education because I believe in the importance of ensuring that every child receives a quality education in order to be successful. I believe I am able to serve the district as an ethical, compassionate, accountable and fair Board Member in order to meet the needs of the district. I am educated on many issues and understand the challenges that we face as a district. I enjoy learning about the new programs and opportunities for our students and advocating for each and every child in our district. I would be using my background as a current teacher to help advocate what’s best for the students of Alice Costello.
My top budget priority is to Go Green! Many schools strive to “go green” especially around Earth Day but going green all year long can save a school a lot by just cutting down on printing and paper costs. Teachers can send voice and text messages or emails home to parents instead of printing and handing out field trip permission slips and homework reminders. Recently even report cards can now be digital! Utilizing the school notification system can make saving money on paper and printing easy. There has been many positive outcomes while utilizing this method and the money saved can go to another part of the school to help students with education.
My view on test scores is that there needs to be crystal clear agenda about what the new accountability system encompasses: More multiple measures and a system based on continuous improvement. However, Standardized tests can serve several purposes. One is accountability: They provide valid data for comparing schools on common academic standards, shining a light on disparities, giving parents and the public one indicator of whether kids are learning and schools are meeting expectations. Another is to provide vital information to teachers and parents on how to improve instruction.
My views on the latest formula for apportioning state aid for schools is in agreement. Looking at the latest aid numbers, it seems the schools are starting to get their share of what is needed. There is always ways to improve this and schools do need more money then what generally is needed, however being able to budget can help with the aid being awarded.
Some measures that could see improvement are to Control Access to the School. The school must have limited points of entry, each of which should be monitored and controlled by personnel that can turn people away when needed. Secondly, have an On-Site Incident Response. Schools must have an on-site response capability that can confront and stop an active shooter.