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MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP BOARD OF EDUCATION – Full 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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  • Kelly Brodin
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  • Frank Capone
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  • Nicholas A. DiFranco
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  • Harmony "Barry" Heffernan
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  • Raymond Jankowski
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  • Patricia Reed
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    Pamela Rogers
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    Pam Smith
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  • Robin Stella
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  • Jacqueline Tobacco
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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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Campaign Email 567boe2020@gmail.com
Campaign phone 201-705-8902
Facebook Page stella difranco rogers for boe
Website 567forboe.com
Campaign Address 111 Bruce Road Red Bank NJ 07701
Education BFA in Acting and a Minor in Musical Theater from Marymount Manhattan College. Graduated Cum Laude and one of two recipients of the "Excellence in Acting" award
1. Middletown Township is experiencing a loss in state funding due to legislation called S2. Because our enrollment is declining district wide, we will receive less and less funding every year. We have consolidated two elementary schools, thus saving the district 1.1 million dollars per year. In the future, we need to consider redistricting to distribute the student body more evenly throughout our buildings and further consolidation.

2. Middletown BOE recently did a survey, asking our residents how they'd like us to attack our 5 year plan for the future. Overwhelmingly, our public would like us to lower class sizes. We can do so by redistricting and distributing our student body evenly throughout the district. The majority of residents who filled out the survey are in favor of redistricting.

I'm the current president of the Board of Education of Middletown Township. This is my second term as president. Middletown is one of the largest districts in NJ. I've learned how to always vote for the majority of the public whether or not the vocal minority is in favor, how to make relationships across the political aisle and how to lead a board of 9 with respect and fairness. I owned my own business for 6 years, where I lead a team of 10 individuals. Those leadership skills have really come in handy as the president of the Middletown Township BOE. I believe that my strength, confidence and grit come from my 10 year career as a musical theater performer. I'm no stranger to rejection and criticism, as I pounded the pavement to get every Broadway Tour I ever worked on. Because acting is such a competitive field, there were always 100 girls ready to take my spot. I needed to have a good work ethic and be on top of my game at all times. I believe that Middletown is on top of it's game right now. I hope to continue working with the current board and administration, as they are very special. Middletown is lucky to have them.
It's critical that our students continue to receive the excellent education that they've grown accustomed to, even with our loss in funding. I will continue to stand strong and vote to redistrict/consolidate to promote equity in the district.
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Brodin-Smith-Reed-for-Boe-114882333648949/
Education Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration
Our biggest challenge in Middletown is the unbalanced class sizes and continuing cuts to state aid. As our district will continue to be faced with state aid cuts over the next few years, we need to ensure that every dollar spent is benefiting the students. Bringing back the budget Ad Hoc committee, including a group of community members, to do a deep dive into the line items in our budget will help ensure we are not spending inappropriately. We must work with other districts to share services, similar to the purchasing agreement we have in place with the state to get the lowest prices buying en masse. Since the current BOE was not able to share a grant writer with the Township, we should look to share a grant writer with other local school districts. There could be other districts looking for one also and willing to share. We need to continue to look for synergies with our local school districts. The unbalanced class sizes across Middletown School district are a disservice to our children and teachers, there has to be a plan that works for for all of Middletown. Some schools may have 19 children in a class, while others have 27. We need to ensure a plan that will adjust class sizes benefitting all of Middletown. One school should not be shouldering the pain for another. We have yet to see a plan that would encompass all of Middletown. As we move forward with Strategic plan we need to ensure that the plan works for all students of Middletown.
I have been actively involved in our school district since my son entered kindergarten in 2014. I was asked to represent Port Monmouth Elementary at that years strategic planning sessions and have been volunteering since. I was PTA vice president and president, cub scout leader and parent information committee representative. I have been actively attending board of education meetings for the past 6 years attending and participating in 2019's strategic planning sessions.
Middletown needs to maintain the high quality of education our students are receiving while providing a safe and secure environment to meet the individual needs of every student. We need to provide them with the resources and skills to meet and align with the path they choose after high school. This vision must continue to meet individual needs while providing a safe and secure school atmosphere. Unbalanced class sizes must be addressed to ensure that all students receive the same individual attention across the district. As the board moves through the planning and action items of the strategic planning, the community must continue to be informed before executing the plan. Communication between the board and our stakeholders must continue to increase awareness of any changes facing our district. The board must continue to allow community input and dialogue to understand their challenges and concerns.
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