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The Warren Township Schools are a community public school district that serves students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.The mission of the Warren Township Schools is to Innovate at all times. Educate all. Inspire everyone to live a full and fulfilling life.Each Board Member serves a three year term.

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  • Christian Bellmann
    (NP)

  • David Brezee
    (NP)

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    Laura Keller
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    Todd Weinstein
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  • Eric D. Winch
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Looking ahead to a post-pandemic future, what are we learning from the impact of the COVID-19 public health crisis on school operations that will change how our schools operate in the future?

What are your short-term and long-term plans to address the budgetary and economic impacts of COVID-19 in our schools?

Campaign Address 5 Jessica Lane, Warren NJ 07059
Campaign Email chris@bellmann.org
Our children are our future and those educating them need our support and guidance as they navigate this uncharted territory. Teachers are the role models for the future. Students look up to them, count on them for direction and encouragement. We must support our schools and allow teachers and administrators to be positive examples and lead with a good sense of humor while inspiring students to embrace learning as their key to success.
As the current president of the Board of Education, I helped guide our board to arrive at a fiscally responsible budget without increase to alleviate any additional burden to our community.
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Campaign Address 27 Skyline Drive Warren NJ 07059
Campaign Email frauleinlaura@gmail.com
One lesson learned for school operations from the pandemic is that we realized how much we have to re-shape the space in which education occurs. The most obvious example is the virtual format, where parents had to learn to be both teachers and tech support as their kids missed playing with their friends. While a return to in-person instruction is ideal, I do believe there will be educational tech (e.g., apps) that prove valuable as a compliment to traditional instruction that will remain post-pandemic. There’s also the shift to learning outdoors to allow for social distancing, which has shown to have health benefits for students and staff. I believe using diverse environments such as these will be valuable for learning post-pandemic.

In Warren, the pandemic has energized a hands-on interest in our schools and highlighted how important it is to have solution-oriented collaboration among students, teachers, staff and parents. I believe this engagement will/should continue post-pandemic.
Budget decisions have to be based on the financial situation and school community priorities at the time of planning. For example, the Warren Board of Education approved the 2020-2021 budget in April, avoiding tax increases to alleviate the burden on residents given the pandemic and related financial uncertainties. If elected, I will continue these efforts, balancing the financial burden on taxpayers without sacrificing the exemplary education and associated programs that Warren provides its students and families. 
Campaign Address 16 Nottingham Way Warren NJ 07059
I would sum up our learnings into two distinct categories:

- The importance of self/parent-policing your kid(s) to only send them to school if you are 100% they're healthy. This is not to say they should be COVID tested each day but it is to say, that in today's environment the days of sending your kid to school with a known illness should be over and will be frowned upon. Parents need to take this responsibility on themselves to protect the well-being of other students and families

- As of a few weeks ago, via Warren school district poll the majority of parents of K-8 students prefer their kids to be in school. Therefore, post pandemic school operations and protocol should strive for a safe return to full school days / 5 days per week while maintaining safety amongst all in attendance (staff and students).
Firstly, I don't believe I am fully qualified to answer this question without being privy to exact budget figures and having not sat in on private board discussions (I'm not an elected official as of yet) that led to the current financial agreements. However, I do believe that the modest raise in taxes of $92 per year per tax payer based on the latest budget agreement needs to remain within that range for the foreseeable future. The financial impact of COVID doesn't put residents in a position to be footing the bill for significant tax increases over the next few years, at minimum. That begs the question of how we improve schools with limited/stagnant funding. To be honest, I do not have that answer. I believe it may need to come from (hopeful) increases in state and federal funding. If that doesn't occur then we'll need to find/raise the money locally which comes back to the tax issue. Very challenging to say the least.
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