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Morris School District Board of Education, Morris Township

The Morris School District Board of Education has ten members; five from Morris Township, four from Morristown, and one from Morris Plains. The representatives from Morris Township and Morristown are elected by the voters of each individual municipality to three-year terms of office. Vote for member Board of Education representing Morris Township, for 3 year term, Vote for 1.

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    Alan L. Smith

Biographical Information

What do you consider the most important challenge(s) facing your school district and how would you address it/them?

What in your personal and/or professional experience prepares you for this office?

What steps would you take to address the immediate and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on your school district?

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The most obvious answer is how do we reopen our schools in a safe manner for children, faculty & staff, and school administrators? While there are many views on in-person, hybrid and virtual learning, I feel the district has done an excellent job in responding to input from all residents, families, children and faculty. If we are patient, work together on a unified mission of health and safety, we will have a successful return to school.

Having said that, we must not let the current health crisis distract us from addressing the modernization of our schools (both the physical space and curriculum) to assure that our students are indeed future ready.

We must make certain that the Morris School District can attract, retain and develop world class educators in both the classroom and central office. We must unleash the creativity of each of these individuals and provide them with the tools, infrastructure and opportunity to develop life long learners in each and every one of our children.

We must close the achievement and access gaps that exists in the schools by recognizing the needs of all students and crafting unique solutions for each child.

We can move education forward
I have worked in very large global corporations for the majority of my career in the area of Human Resources. More recently I was the head of HR for a Global Education Company. In this recent role I was able to partner with educators from some of the leading colleges, universities and independent schools from around the world. I was able to see the impact of removing limitations and challenging conventions in the areas of curriculum development, the impact of physical space on learning, and exploration in development of learners.

In my time on the Board of Education, I have used my diverse corporate experience to hep shape the discussions and outcomes for the school district.

I am also a parent of a middle schooler at FMS.
I believe the district and the Board of Education have done a very good job of listening, responding and implementing the return to school plan. Superintendent Mackey and his team have work extremely hard to put safety first in the reopening plan. The communications plans, the execution of the return to school plan and the flexibility and creativity in the use of the budget have helped us to reopen on time and safely.

Like most things in a school setting, we must be agile learners and respond quickly if there are any issues that arise.