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The mission of the Green Brook Township School District is to provide a safe, student-centered environment with the highest standards of excellence and a culture of respect that values diversity. A Board of Education member is elected to a term of three years.There are three open seats, each for a three-year term
  • Jason Ash

  • John Brault Insurance Executive

  • Darlene Connors

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Biographical Information

What personal and professional experiences have prepared you for serving on the Board?

What do you consider the three most important challenges facing our local public schools at this time? How would you address these challenges?

Do you think that the current civics education in our schools is adequate? If not, what do you think can be done to improve it?

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Qualifications/Experience 4 Years Previous BOE experience Chair of Finance Committee
As this will be my second three year term and third term overall,

I have had significant experience in the role. I have served on the board of a number of non-profit organizations including more than a decade on the board of the NJ Healthcare Financial Management Association where I am a Past President. I have served for three years on the board of the Green Brook Little League and Baseball Club, two on the Board of Health First NJ (prior to it’s disolution), and was an active participant with the New Jersey Hospital Association, providing service in an advisory capacity to their Managed Care constituency group.

I am a parent to four children, our oldest, in high school, or 12 year old is a student at GBMS, and our two youngest are soon to be attending IEF.

I have a BS in Health Administration from The University of Scranton, an MHA from Seton Hall University, and an MBA with a concentration in Strategy and Leadership from Penn State’s Smeal College of Business.

My position in the insurance industry provides me with particular insight into the challenges of providing affordable benefits to the district’s employees. My finance background has served to help fill a gap in subject matter expertise with respect to finance on the Green Brook BOE.
The single largest challenge to the district is the escalating benefit cost we face each year, and balancing this with the need to continuously improve programs for the students in the district.

Perhaps equally important is the need to identify and provide interventions to students early in their development. Doing so without a Preschool program that is free to the residents of Green Brook, puts us at a disadvantage. Research has shown a definitive correlation between access to quality preschool and future academic performance.

Finally, managing the challenges of an aging physical plant, ensuring the safety, comfort, and program support for the students through up to date equipment, facilities, buildings and grounds.
I have been disappointed with the apparent lack of understanding on the topic of civics, displayed by young people today. It is a critically important topic, that allows each citizen to be an active participant in how they are governed. This includes both at the local, state, and national levels.

Careful scrutiny of the Social Studies curriculum, to ensure an unbiased, age appropriate understanding of our government and it’s processes is necessary.
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