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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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  • Katherine Anderson

  • Randall Freiling

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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I am running for reelection to ensure that each and every child in the district continues to receive the quality education they are entitled to. This entails not only classroom time with a teacher but access to clubs, sports, trips, other in-school and after school activities. During my tenure on the Board, I have taken classes to further educate myself on the functions of a School Board achieving the ranking of Master Board Member and am preparing to test for Certified Board Leader. I utilize this knowledge to guide my fellow Board members in working with our Superintendent to continue moving our district forward, providing accountability to the residents each step of the way
As the budget has many aspects, including some with limited control, placing emphasis on the necessary funding to provide the tools and resources needed for equitable learning abilities is a priority, in addition to one that is sustainable to the tax payers.
I am a proponent of test scores, as communities in the state need to gauge how their schools are performing in comparison to others. These scores should not be the only factor in grading the school’s performance, especially considering the constant changes in the testing systems utilized. A factor that might be emphasized more than the overall score is how well is student growth.
The latest formula and distribution, in my opinion, is the way funding should have been distributed all along. For too many years some districts have been receiving funding in excess of what should have been appropriated for them while others received much less, unfairly impacting local tax rates.
School security should be a local decision and not mandated by the state as each school district is different. Placing an armed or unarmed officer in the school may or may not be the answer, but the conversation needs to continue with all stakeholders involved. At a minimum, a strong working relationship between the school and local law enforcement is essential.