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Randolph Township Board of Education, full term

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  • Ron Conti
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    Christine Petrat
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    Dorene Roche
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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?

Campaign Email ron.conti@gmail.com
Campaign phone 908-875-9003
Campaign Address 7 Revere Ct Randolph NJ 07869
Current elected position Board of Education Member
Education Northeastern University (Bachelor of Science in Computer Science)
Qualifications/Experience 6 Years experience on the Randolph Board of Education (including 2 years as Board of Education President)
Hometown Randolph, NJ
Yrs. of Residence 12
Children and Ages 2 Children: 13 and 16 years old
The biggest challenges facing this district are recovering from COVID, the budget and security/safety.

Because of COVID, being in school is vastly different now than it was when students left their school in March 2020. Wearing masks, social distancing, desks facing one direction and no lunch period, although necessary, make the environment less welcoming and dynamic. This may affect the social and emotional well-being of everyone involved in the schools. As such, it is crucial that the District continues to support and develop Social and Emotional Learning for students.

In March, the state decreased aid to Randolph by $1.15 million. The additional economic strain from COVID recovery intensifies the need for a well-managed and fiscally responsible budget. Productive discussions and planning are crucial to develop a budget that funds the needs of the students, is mindful of the taxpayer and continues to improve the District.

Security and Safety of the students, teachers and staff is ALWAYS a challenge. We must remain vigilant to keep every person safe against violence, racism and hate speech. Likewise, we must make sure that we keep all buildings safe from diseases such as COVID.
Since joining the BoE in 2014, I have served in various capacities—Board member, liaison to the PTO council and town council; chair of the Policy and Communications committee; and as the President of the Board. Through teamwork, communication and coordination, the District has been able to accomplish many great things such as the transition program, improved AP test scores, increased security in each school, improved and expanded curriculum and the latest referendum. Although I am only 1 of 9 Board members, I believe my contributions to the Board of Education improved the education and experiences for all Randolph students.
In the short term, I support developing policies and procedures that govern and protect people that are in District buildings and policies that ensure quality education of all students are crucial during these unprecedented times. I also support funding for PPEs, enhanced cleaning procedures and expanding technologies that enhance hybrid learning.

By learning from the recent past, I hope that the long-term impact of COVID will decrease the digital divide, keep the District nimble and prepared in the event we need to go completely remote once again.
Campaign Email cpetrat@optonline.net
Campaign phone 973-615-3460
Campaign Address 7 Revere Court, Randolph
Current elected position Randolph Township Board of Education member
Education Bachelor's Degree- Rutgers University (BA); Master's Degree- Fordham University (MSW)
Qualifications/Experience -School Social Worker for 14 years -Parent of a child with multiple disabilities
Hometown Bloomfield, NJ
Yrs. of Residence 9
Children and Ages Two boys ages 17 and 15.
Besides ensuring the safety of our staff and students, the most pressing challenges that our district is facing today are budgeting and emotional wellness. Effectively allocating funding for the needs of our students during these times has been harder than ever. Randolph’s state aid was decreased by $1.15 million while the costs to educate our students have increased due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our B.O.E. and Administration have to carefully seek ways to leverage efficiency and cost savings more than before while adhering to our district goals of pursuing academic excellence and promoting innovation. Another major issue is social emotional learning. With the isolation of the quarantine, the fears of Covid -19, social media influences and the incidents of racism, we need to arm our students with coping strategies and interpersonal skills. A student’s development of “grit” is of is often a great predictor of their future success. Presently, Randolph Schools have been utilizing CASEL, the Responsive Classroom, and the School Climate Transformation Project to name a few, and I think the best way to address this challenge is by continuing to be up to date with the latest research.
I have over 20 years of experience working with children and adolescents in a variety of settings, and 14 of those years have been in schools. I am passionate about education and I have spent my career helping provide students with every possible opportunity to be successful. Presently, I work in a K-8 school district as a school social worker where creative problem solving is essential. I feel having these skills will be beneficial to the Randolph Board of Education. Having a son with multiple disabilities, I also bring the parent's perspective with regards to understanding that each child is unique and has their own individual needs that districts need to plan for. In addition, I have been a part of the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee as a Board of Education member since its inception. I have participated in the planning and development of this valuable initiative, and I look forward to continuing to work on achieving the committee’s objectives.
There are many areas that have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis. The first priority was establishing procedures to educate students in the safest way possible. It is also very important to help students feel connected and supported by their teachers and other staff during these times. In the short term, our district must continually assess the educational needs of all of our students and deliver instruction accordingly. We must make sure that all students have access to the technology they require especially when learning is taking place at home. Since we have never experienced a pandemic before in our lifetime, it is hard to say what will be the essential next steps in the long term. I think being open to listening to the feedback of parents, teachers and students will be the best way to determine what will be necessary at that time. It is of utmost importance that we continue to provide our students with the quality education that Randolph is known for, and this is one of my main goals for being on the Board of Education.
Campaign Email drsod64@gmail.com
Campaign phone 973 442 2478
Campaign Address 3 Alexander Dr Randolph NJ 07869
Current elected position Board of Education Member
Education Some College |||||||||
Facebook Page Dancing with Doewnw
Qualifications/Experience 7 Years member of Randolph P E C 30 years small Business Owner.
Hometown Parsippany NJ 07054
Involvement in Community Town clean up, School Volunteer ,Scouting Leader and volunteer
Yrs. of Residence 19 years
Family Married to James Roche and three children
Children and Ages Michael 26 Nicholas 25 Matthew 17
slogan Together For Randolph
It is crucial that every student receives the best education possible and reaches their full potential.  No two students are the same--what constitutes “the best education possible” for one student may not be for another.  By offering a wide array of academic classes, interesting electives, physical education and supporting the social and emotional health of our students, Randolph students will be prepared for whatever their future holds.  I enthusiastically support the new and updated curriculum that our excellent administrators put forward.   However, changes to the learning environment (due to COVID), and funding cuts from the state create challenges for the district in the short term.  As such, I commit to working with the Board of Education and the Administrators to make sure that the 2021-2022 budget will ensure the excellent education the community expects for a cost that is fair to the taxpayers.  
For the past 30 years, I have run my own dance studio where I teach dance to children and adults with a wide range of abilities and skills.  I also lead a support group within the district called PEC (Parent of Exceptional Children) that encourages and supports parents of children with special needs.  In short, my personal, professional and volunteer life taught me there are many ways for a people to learn and persevere.  Success comes about when challenges are approached with an open mind and by never giving up.
The impact of COVID-19 increased anxiety and stress for students, parents and teachers.  By taking the proper precautions (such as PPE, social distancing and wearing masks) and maintaining the social and emotional wellbeing of students, teachers and administrators, everybody can be safe and in an environment that supports the educational needs of our students.   In the long term, the district must continue educating all personnel teachers on the best practices and recommendations from the Depart of Health to reduce the effects of another outbreak and, more importantly, to keep all students safe.