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    Ronald Barbarulo

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    Rita Fayvelevich

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    Elyss Frenkel

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    Julie F. Mahan

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    Anthony Servis

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    Oleg Trigub

Biographical Information

Why are you running for the BOE?

For incumbents: As a BOE member over the past few years, what do you feel were your contributions to the success of the FL school system? For new candidates: If elected, what would be your key initiatives?

Given recent budget cuts by the state, how would you manage costs?

Campaign Email rbarbarulo@verizon.net
Current elected position Board President, Trustee
Education Graduated Paramus Catholic, Bergen Technical School for Plumbing License, Bergen Community College for Inspector license
Yrs. of Residence 26 years
Children and Ages Kayleigh 25, Dominick 22, Joseph 18
The Kids. I am running for another term to continue to work with my fellow board members to keep enhancing and improving our district, I want to work with our administration to become a future ready district, continue our 1 to 1 initiative, and help our chidren continue to grow academically and socially. I promise to work hard to give our children the best education in the safest environment and at the best cost.
I feel my experience in the construction field has helped save our district thousands of dollars in various projects. I also feel with my fellow board members we have made great strides in mental health initiatives, mindfulness, technology and helping the district in keeping a quality education while maintaning a sound finacial base. Our district administration cut a million dollars from the current budget while adding 12 teachers, continuing the 1 to 1 initiative, 2 guidance counselors and hopefully another VP at TJ with a small tax increase to the taxpayers. I, along with my fellow board members, have set policy addressing different issues we face today. We oversaw, along with the administration the additiion to our middle schools to alleviate overcrowding. As President, i have worked with my fellow board members and administartion in dealing with COVID.
I, along with my fellow board members have to look at area's ,that are not a necesssity to our district. It is a difficult situation, because we can not eliminate teachers, but need to look at other positions. We need to look at all our professional services and see if we can find savings in other companies while maintaining the same quality service. We need to perform certain jobs, that we would subcontract out, in house to save money. Education cost money, along with mandates that we receive no money for. but keep our taxpayers in mind. We have ben shorted over 25 million dollars the last 10 years by the state, yet we still have continued to grow our school district.
Current elected position I do not hold an elected position.
Education I hold a M.S. in Mathematics with Concentration in Mathematics Education and a B.S. in Mathematics with Teacher Certification and Minor in Business Administration
Yrs. of Residence I have lived in Fair Lawn for 20 years.
Children and Ages I have one daughter.
I am running to give the children of Fair Lawn the best possible education according to their needs. As a former student, I have firsthand experience of what our students need. As a taxpayer, I represent taxpayers’ desire for fiscal transparency and accountability. As a mathematics teacher for over 10 years in NJ public schools, I am a strong advocate in making sure our students succeed. The skills I've obtained from getting a bachelors and a masters in mathematics and a minor in business administration gives me the ideal background to analyze and spend our budget responsibly, while optimizing best educational outcomes. This starts with making sure our taxpayers’ money is used to provide and improve services like REACH and Special Education that our students need to succeed with a safe environment for their education. The decisions I will make on the board will be geared towards taxpayers’ interests and improvements of students’ education.

My primary objectives are to improve education, transportation, communication, and fiscal transparency. Safety measures such as a comprehensive plan for the reopening of schools, with the advice of health experts, should be created and frequent updates presented to the community. During remote Physical Education classes, mental health support should be provided utilizing our existing contract with a mental health care provider. Soft borders need to be eliminated since some elementary school children are not allowed to attend their neighborhood school, leaving them to cross busy streets to attend school. Subsidized busing should be available for children's safe arrival to school. Currently, the district website only has the budget friendly version (abbreviated version) of the budget for one year. The district needs to become more transparent by providing the entire school budget, monthly bills payable, merit goals (bonus), and non-union employee salaries on the district website.
The district's budget for the 2020 to 2021 school year is $113 million. Most of the budget is funded by local property taxes. As of today, the district will not receive $1.2 million from the state fund they would have received prior to Covid-19. As a result, during the March 16, 2020 monthly meeting under new business which is located on page 2 of the minutes, the board of education approved the redirection of $500,000 from the savings into operating capital. 99 percent of the budget is being funded and no important programs should be cut. There are also savings that the district incurred due to the four months of remote learning and the two months in the beginning of the year such as no costs for electricity, gas for school buses, water bills, and the hiring of substitutes. Once I am elected I would review the budget thoroughly to ensure there is no wasteful spending so budget cuts will not impact the quality of our children's education.
Current elected position Board Of Education member
Education MS-Science and Technology Ramapo College BS-Montclair State University AA-Bergen Community College
Yrs. of Residence From 1979...
Children and Ages Monte, Matthew, Rebecca and Paige
I am running for the FL BOE to make sure that our schools remain well run. To make certain FL continues to be recognized at the top of our state. I am a mother & have 4 successful FL graduates! I am a grandmother of soon to be FL students, a teacher, a 40+ year resident of FL. I am active on town committees: Economic Development Committee & BIC-Broadway Improvement Corp. I am running to keep our school district one of the most desired in the county which will keep the value of our homes high. People say, “If you do not have children you should not be on the board!” I strongly disagree. Too often people run for school board seats that have personal agendas. They have children in our schools and THEIR only concerns relate THEIR personal issues. They have tunnel vision when it comes to the rest of the district. I always think broadly about issues & how things relate to all of our schools and all of our FL children.
As a member during the critical of time choosing a new Superintendent & Business Administrator, i voted for exceptional employees to guide our children & run our schools. I have made sure this board is transparent, sharing all information we are permitted to share. I have scrutinized bill lists, voted for responsible budgets & for policies that keep our children safe. I helped bring our district into the 1:1 initiative (computers for all students) Many times, I kept the board focused on working together, with the students being the ultimate reason we are a board. My success comes from listening & interpreting information from all sources. My contribution is the fact I always have the betterment of the children in mind when I make my decisions. ACCOMPLISHMENTS- instrumental in the initialization of before & after care, full day kindergarten, saved the HS greenhouse & our town planetarium, for all.
At this time, the task of money management and budget creation will not be to easy. The FL school district has an exemplary team in place. They are professional & very good at their jobs. I am more than confident our leaders will come to the board with responsible ideas & choices that will allow Fair Lawn to move forward in this trying & unprecedented time. People are moving to FL because of the high quality of education our schools deliver & the programs we offer. Our schools are do more with less money in comparison to many other districts. As a board member it is not your role to manage the actual costs. It is not your position to come up with the solutions or find prices & sales on items. It is your duty to analyze the recommendations from the administrative professionals & through questions, policy & procedure -- to ultimately see that residents & families in FL are well served by the final financial decisions the board makes.
Education BS Human Development and Family Studies, University of Rhode Island MSW, Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work
Yrs. of Residence 15
Children and Ages Lawler 6 Lincoln 4
I want what everyone wants for their children: the knowledge that school will provide them with the education they will need to be successful in life. I feel that the voices of school-age parents need to be represented.

I believe that social emotional learning is a core building block for education. My expertise in mental health and education makes me uniquely qualified to help guide and support the district through this new world we’re all trying to navigate. I want to make certain that our faculty have the training necessary to effectively and confidently engage, teach and support our students.

It is vital to our community that evidence-based practices and positive and productive communications guide our strategy and decision-making for the district, so that our children receive an exceptional education. We as parents, educators and Board trustees are role models to our children and it is our job to act as such in every aspect of our lives.
Emotional regulation is vital for students to be able to access their education successfully. I believe the district needs to work toward proactively identifying students who may require mental health services and other supports by implementing district wide assessments. Assessing baseline data for math, reading and writing is common place in our schools. Identifying the need for emotional support should be no different than completing a baseline math assessment or completing a running record. If we wait for a parent or student to share that they need help or for warning signs to be identified by peers or teaching staff, we are then working in a reactive manner to provide support.
I want to be clear that these cuts should not mean an increase in taxes. I would do whatever possible to ensure that programs that enhance our student's education and impact their learning in a positive manner remain in place, including the arts, sports, extra-curriculars, mental health and support.

Remote learning provides financial release unused transportation routes, reduced utility needs for facilities and certain services like substitute teacher costs and after-hours custodial staff during the closure. This does not bridge the entire gap but a starting point.  With the possible aid cut being permanent, we can assess opportunities for sustained savings by investing in upgraded energy efficiencies and exploration of shared services. We can maximize grants and reallocate financial resources to in-district programs to work toward returning out-of-district students. We need to keep working toward our 5 year plan, looking at capital reserves and reviewing the district technology plan.
Campaign Email AServis82@gmail.com
Education BS in Sociology/Criminal Justice w/minor in Psychology from Towson University MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay University Certification in School PSychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University Certification is Educational Supervision from Rowan University
Yrs. of Residence 3+ years
Children and Ages Benjamin- 8 Eliana- 6
I am running for the Board of Education because I believe strongly in community service. I was raised with the idea that you are obligated to take the skills and passion you have in life and apply them to better the community around you. My areas of expertise and my passion is in education, psychology, and coaching. I am familiar with all aspects of public education, from budgeting and program development, to individualized instruction and staff development. I have two young children, Benjamin who is 8 and Eliana who will be 6 at the end of September. I want to be a part of keeping the Fair Lawn educational system strong and I want to help make improvements where and when it is necessary. I believe I have the right personality, temperament, and skill set to lead the Fair Lawn educational system during unprecedented and challenging times.
If elected, my priorities are to make the district has a safe and effective plan for getting students back into the schools, while also making sure the plan for the virtual-only students is solid and equitable. My other priorities are to look for ways to increase communication between the district and parents, as that is the number one concern I hear when talking to families in town. Long-term, I want to make sure that the district continues to build on the social-emotional learning programs at every grade level.
While Board of Education members do not develop school budgets, they are responsible for approving them and overseeing the spending of finances throughout a school year. Recent budget cuts from the State and Federal government due to the pandemic will force the next Board of Education in Fair Lawn to focus spending on the top priorities of the district. Items that may have seemed important to purchase one or two years ago, may now have to wait until the district, and the state, are in a better financial position. My role as a board member will be to prioritize the purchases we need to make now in order to keep our schools functioning. Many students will need to continue distance learning for the foreseeable future, so technology and professional development are at the very top of that list. My personal philosophy is that the financial decisions the board makes must place the academic and social needs of the student body at the forefront.
Current elected position I am running for the Fair Lawn Board of Education (BoE). Currently, I do not hold an elected position.
Education I hold a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications Management from Stevens Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering degree from The City College of New York
Yrs. of Residence I have lived in Fair Lawn 19 years.
Children and Ages I have two children - a 17 year old and a 13 year old.
I am running for the BOE to advocate for the best possible education for Fair Lawn children according to their needs. My own two children are in Fair Lawn schools; my younger child is a middle schooler, and my older is a senior in Fair Lawn High school. I will tirelessly work on behalf of fellow parents to ensure that our children have access to the best possible education. As a taxpayer, I will work to reverse the out-of-control administrative spending, and be the voice in representing taxpayers’ desire for fiscal transparency and accountability. Decades of experience in managing budgets put me in the best position to analyze and budget our finances responsibly, while promoting the best educational outcomes for our children. This starts with ensuring our taxpayers’ money is used to improve REACH and Special Education programs that our students need to succeed. My goal on the board will be to advocate for taxpayers’ interests, while optimizing our children’s quality of education.
My primary objectives are to improve education, transportation, communication, and fiscal transparency. A comprehensive plan for the safe reopening of schools, with the advice of health experts, should be created and frequent updates presented to the community. During remote Physical Education classes, mental health support should be provided utilizing our existing contract with a mental health care provider. Soft borders need to be eliminated since some elementary school children are not allowed to attend their neighborhood school, forcing them to cross busy streets to attend school. Subsidized busing should be available for children's safe arrival to school. Currently, the district website only displays the budget in a friendly version (abbreviated) for only a single year. The district needs to be more transparent by providing the multi-year school budgets, monthly bills payable, merit goals (bonuses), and non-union employee salaries on the district website.
The district's budget for the 2020 to 2021 school year is $113 million. Most of the budget is funded by local property taxes. As of today, the district will not receive $1.2 million from the state fund they would have received prior to COVID-19. As a result, during the March 16, 2020 monthly meeting under new business which is located on page 2 of the minutes, the BOE approved the redirection of $500,000 from the savings into operating capital. 99% of the budget is being funded, and no programs should be cut. There are also savings that the district gained due to the four months of remote learning and the two months in the beginning of the school year, including reduced costs for utilities, such as electricity, water bills and gas, as well as for reduced use of school buses, and not hiring of substitutes. Once I am elected, I will thoroughly review the budget to eliminate wasteful spending in order to prevent budget cuts from impacting the quality of our children's education.