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Full three year term - vote for threeSchool board members in New Jersey are responsible for adopting policies under which the school district operates; overseeing the school district budget; approving the curriculum; hiring and evaluating the superintendent; representing the public during contract negotiations; and serving as a communication link between the community and the school system. Elected school board members receive no compensation and serve three-year terms, unless elected to fill an unexpired term when a vacancy occurs.

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Biographical Information

What are the major challenges facing the community/district and how would you propose to address them if elected?

What qualifies you for this position, both personally and professionally?

What factors are critical to the quality of life/education in your community and what would you do to improve or preserve them?

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Facebook Page @momsforneptune2020 Moms for Neptune Board of Education
Campaign Address 32 Marcy Drive, Neptune, NJ 07753
Education BA, Colorado College 12/2002 JD, Pennsylvania State University 2006 MPA, Pennsylvania State University 2006
One challenge facing the Neptune School District, which is similar to many public school districts across NJ, is declining enrollment. Neptune has had significant declining enrollment in the past number of years which has resulted in state aid funding being reduced. There are many factors at play here which I cannot fully discuss in the allotted 1500 characters, but one step that I take on a daily basis is to publicly speak positively about Neptune and the fantastic academic, arts, music, athletic and special education programs that our District offers to ALL of our students. If we can speak about our positive experiences, get the word out about the programs we do have and how our amazing student body which is comprised of children from all backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, and abilities successfully learn together, make music together, play sports together... we will be a better Neptune and we will keep more students in our schools. We have seen improvement in our test scores for both regular ed and special ed, but there is more work to be done. We must continue to focus on reading and math, and achieving all students reading at or above grade level. We must continue to train teachers and staff to identify students who are not on level and continue to successfully bring them up to and above grade level. Our literacy programs and coaches and our in special service professionals have done this, and we need to continue doing so so that our students can go on to succeed.
Prior to entering private practice, I worked for the Office of the Attorney General doing employment counseling and management-side labor work for all of the state agencies in NJ, as well as representing the Governor's Office of Employee Relations. Not long after having my third son, I decided to enter private practice and began my passion of representing labor unions and their membership in contract negotiations and a wide variety of contractual matters including grievances, litigation and employment matters. I believe that my experience on both the management and union sides are unique and have been, and will continue to help navigating upcoming negotiations in this unprecedented time. This was true during the most recent negotiation where the Personnel Committee on which I sit, was able to successfully negotiate a contract despite being in the midst of a pandemic and uncertain fiscal times.

I am also the mother of three boys who attend Neptune Schools- Neptune Middle School, Shark and Summerfield. I have a vested interest in ensuring that ALL of our Neptune students have a safe environment with teachers and staff that they trust, and that all Neptune students have equal access to high quality educational, special ed., arts, music and athletic programs through our schools. In being an active parent in our community, I am in constant communication with other parents about their concerns, and know where to direct such questions and concerns so that issues are addressed.
Access for ALL students to high quality education and more effective communication at all levels of the School District - We need to do a better job of communicating with all of our Neptune students and their families. I personally have been very focused on making sure that all District communication is disseminated in Creole, Spanish and English. Without effective communication, parents cannot make informed decisions about their children or their education. We must continue to hold administration accountable and make sure that communication is consistent, transparent and accessible to all Neptune families.

Focus on mental health- An initial step has been taken by restructuring the guidance office, to allow for a more comprehensive and cohesive approach to social-emotional learning and mental health of our students. We must offer cutting edge professional development to teachers and staff on a regular basis so that they are properly trained in creating safe spaces that allow our students to thrive as students and as contributing members of our great Neptune community.

Transparency- Continuing the practice of Committee Reports at public BOE meetings so that the public is apprised of what each Committee is working on and considering.

Facebook Page Moms for Neptune Board of Education
Education Master of Arts in Educational Administration, Supervision and Curriculum Planning, Bachelor of Arts in English, Certifications: School Administrator, Principal, Supervisor, Teacher
Currently, the major challenge to the district is ensuring an equitable education throughout the COVID-19 Health Crisis. While education faces many difficulties, the health crisis has presented educators with unforeseen and unprecedented challenges. Educators must ensure that all students can equitably engage in learning both remotely and in-person. It will be necessary to find a way to safely return students to in-person instruction. However, there may be times where the only safe and practical way to educate students will be through remote learning.

As an experienced educator of 29 years, I have the qualifications to understand and utilize educational policy and funding to best serve the staff and students of Neptune Township during this challenging time. While the health crisis persists, it will be necessary to pivot quickly and plan to ensure that all students can continue to receive instruction regardless of individual or community circumstances. I will continue to advocate for students at risk and ensure that district policy is inclusive of all students. I will continue to ensure that all nine members of the Neptune Board of Education are heard, respected and work in unison with the administration to provide a high quality educational experience for all students.
As an experienced educator of 29 years and parent of two daughters in the Neptune School District, I have both a professional and a personal commitment to the education of students in Neptune. Additionally, I have served on the Board of Education for the the past 3 years and have been unanimously appointed as the Board of Education President for the last two years. My experience in education runs deep. I have successful experience as a substitute teacher, classroom teacher, vice principal, principal, and district supervisor. Currently, I am employed as a senior administrator within the Howell Township Public Schools as the Director of Pupil Services.

My successful tenure within the Howell Schools for the last 23 years has allowed me to enhance my leaderships skills. I regularly collaborate with other educational professionals to develop high quality educational programs for students. It was my passion and commitment for education that led me to run for the Neptune Board of Education in 2017. After one year on the board, my fellow board members quickly identified my leadership capabilities and I have proudly served as President of the Board for the last two years. My aspirations to continue on the board are quite simple; i have no personal or political agenda. As a volunteer serving the community, I plan to continue to contribute my skills and expertise in educational leadership to the administration, faculty and students of the Neptune School District
Equity is the single critical factor in education that will improve one's quality of life within the community. Neptune provides endless opportunities for all students. It is my mission as a parent and educator within the community to ensure that all students are equitably represented and supported within the school system.

As a parent, educator, candidate and member of the board, I have witnessed inequitable treatment of others within the community. If the community is to improve, I believe that it is essential for all perspectives and opinions be heard and discussed, especially divergent ones. If we do not value and respect all points of view, we will never grow as a society. As a member of a board of nine individuals, I have made it my mission to communicate openly and respectively so that we can come to mutually agreeable decisions that are in the best interest of ALL. What is often hard for some to understand is that equity and not always equal. It is about each of us getting what we need to survive or succeed. If we are to preserve and improve our community as a whole we must listen and decide with EQUITY in mind.
Campaign Email rglisson14@gmail.com
Campaign phone 7329270240
Facebook Page The Neptune Edge
Website www.TheNeptuneEDGE2020.com
Education Graduate and Post Graduate degrees/Adult and Gerontologic medicine
• Lack of transparency and accountability • Poor academic performances district wide • During this current pandemic the district is with delayed response and staff and community communications • Economic disparities potentially resulting in exclusive learning environment

I would improve these major challenges by • Implementing the vast recommendations of tools and guidelines per The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education as provided by the State of New Jersey Board of Education and in collaboration of multiple specific organizations and leading school districts. • Reform processes as identified per the school community survey and metrics and establish accountability leading to improvement of student performances. • Renewing confidence and hope by providing broader transparency, expanded access and promoting a more diverse and enriching districtwide learning environment of inclusivity.
What qualifies me for this is that I am:  A board Certified Nurse practitioner and nurse educator  I specialize in QA/QI/Performance Improvement, Internal and gerontologic medicines  I am a lifelong Neptune resident with children born, raised and graduates of Neptune township.
The critical factors are; o Lack of transparency and accountability for Neptune’s student’s current academic performance o Academic challenges and severe short falls district-wide in meeting New Jersey’s state academic goals in English language arts, Math and poor graduation rates o The socio-economic disparities and cultural appropriation.

Some initiatives I would I implement to improved or preserve them;  Examine the metrics and develop measurable interventions with the goals to decrease the performance gaps/increase the graduation rate to surpass the state’s goal  With the assistance of community stakeholders - address head-on the lack of diversity with utilization and development of diversity courses and plans.  Encourage student and community involvement to develop co-curricular programs of diversity and mediation of student disciplines  Measures to trend, monitor student truancies and tardiness then develop PDSA with the individual student/family/social workers and administrative members.
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Campaign Email dianna23harris@gmail.com
Campaign phone 732-616-2940
Facebook Page The Neptune EDGE
Website www.theneptuneedge2020.com
Campaign Address The Neptune EDGE PO Box 156 Neptune, NJ 07754
Education BFA Temple University, Philadelphia,PA Teaching Cert..- Monmouth College, W. Long Branch, NJ
Community: Economic disparities, better paying jobs, transportation, food, AFFORDABLE healthcare, childcare, housing, and recreation District: Low performance ratings, poor attendance, accountability; transparency, inclusivity, diversity, and COVID-19

Addressing Challenges: The Neptune EDGE believes that it is important to work with the public to improve student achievement in our public schools. We are concerned with low performance ratings and board accountability that has allowed this to go on for so many years. It is necessary that our schools show upward movement to help get students to come back and attract families to come in. We must use this time of COVID to work together and find ways to help the many children that are underperforming. As board members we will make better use of assessment data, adopt policies to meet performance needs, find partnerships to help children with disabilities and families with economic disparities. Let us embrace our diversities to make a more inclusive Neptune.
o President, Midtown Urban Renaissance Corporation (MURC) o Trustee, Second Baptist Church, Asbury Park o Retired Art Teacher, New Brunswick Public School District o Coordinator & Instructor for the AVID College Prep Program, New Brunswick Middle School o Leadership Training - Boundary Spanning Leadership, c/o The Alliance for a Healthier Asbury Park. o Leadership Training - Neighborhood Leadership Initiative c/o MURC o Community Representative – Neptune’s Economic Development Corporation, o Chairperson, Neptune Township’s Black History Celebration
As a person that cares deeply about the well being of children and families in Neptune, I will continue to advocate for the following: o A safe and clean living environment all. o Receive a quality education that will make an acceptable living. o Be in good health both in mind and body. o Be able to give and receive respect. o Have access to nutritious foods. o Have a fair and responsible governing board.

Facebook Page Facebook.com/momsforneptun
Campaign Address 32 Marcy Drive, Neptune NJ 07753
Education Neptune High School
The current major challenge affecting our district is the COVID 19 virus and how it's effecting the way our children learn. The pandemic definitely exposed some unforeseeable gaps in the contingency plans of our district. I believe our current board acted quickly and with the best intentions for our children. I think they did the best with what they were given and continue to make ongoing improvements. I feel there are still some crucial refinements that can be made to ensure the best possible education for our children. Technology upgrades need to be made. Our children can not learn and our teachers can not teach if they are constantly trying to work tech issues. All children need equal quality internet access. Their internet access is in direct relation to their education access. Communication to and from our teachers, staff, and board members needs to more efficient and quick. We all need to be on the same level of understanding for planning and preparation purposes. Messaging needs to go out in multiple streams and give affected parties enough time to adjust to changes. With the future around the pandemic still uncertain and remote learning and hybrid learning still possible, we must improve the process and be able to transition seamlessly for our children.
I am a lifelong resident of Neptune and a graduate of Neptune High School. I have four magnificent children in our district ranging from high school to kindergarten. My children take advantage of the many sports, clubs, and programs are wonderful district has to offer. I am fortunate enough to get to interact with many families through my work on the Gables PTO and my children's activities. I am proud of my community. My professional background is in the financial services industry. I have 13 years of experience and carry some financial and insurance licenses. Currently, I am a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch working in Monmouth County. I have a passion for finance and get to share that passion with my community through volunteer work with local schools and afterschool programs.
The factors that are critical to the quality of life/education for our community Technology, Personalization, and engagement. Children need access to top age-appropriate technology to learn, explore, and complete assignments. No matter what career path the children of our community chose technology will be at the forefront. The children need to understand it, be comfortable with it, and eventually be able to improve it. Our community's children need lessons and education that are personalized to them and their strengths and weaknesses. They need to feel represented in their school and be comfortable in their learning environment. The school needs to be a safe space where kids learn to love learning and be comfortable choosing their career path. Once we have created a personalized environment we can expect to see our children develop a love for learning demonstrated in their proficiency scores. Engagement- we must Engage our community on their terms. Open dialogue between the board, administration, families, and community must be a normal occurrence. One we communicate with each other we will start to understand each other. Once understanding is achieved we can begin to advocate for each other.
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