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The MontgomeryTownship Board of Education consists of nine members, who serve without pay for three-year terms.The Board's responsibilities include: setting and evaluating policy, establishing goals, overseeing that the district and the schools are well run by the administrators they have hired, and adopting a fiscally sound operating budget for the school district. Board members act on the Superintendent's recommendations, meet withcivic groups, and receive input from parents, students, and community members.
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    Ranjana R. Rao (N) Management Consultant/ volunteer chapter leader Room To Read(NJ)

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Biographical Information

What personal and professional experiences have prepared you for serving on the Montgomery Township Board of Education?

What do you consider the most important challenges facing Montgomery Township Public Schools, and how would you address those challenges?

"Physics First" is an example of a controversial program. What changes to the curriculum, if any, do you believe should be implemented, and why?

Do you see the anticipated short-term decrease in school population as an opportunity or challenge, and why?

How can the Board and the school administration ensure that every student feels respected and fairly treated regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender?

I am an experienced business consulting professional with a graduate degree in public policy and management . Having worked with large and complex organizations, I understand and appreciate the importance of stakeholders engagement. I am a consensus builder and a common sense based leader. As a volunteer chapter leader NJ for “Room To Read”, an international NGO that works in literacy and gender equality issues globally, I often reach out to our community and corporations to raise awareness and funds for the cause. My skills will complement the need for policy and operational decision making at Montgomery School Board. Last but not the least my recent experience with my son through the high school to college has made me aware of opportunities and challenges we have at our school. I also have a daughter who is a 6th grader and loves the lower middle school.
Our children are feeling the pressure of being successful earlier in life and this can be observed as early as in elementary and middle school students who have experienced health and mental concerns. This is a major challenge for our schools is to address academic related stress and overall well being of every child from kindergarten to high school.

No reform will work unless you have the people actually responsible for implementing it are at the table so involving teachers is a must.Learn from other school districts and collaborate with third party agencies to design a curriculum that not only addresses the knowledge and skills needed by our students today but also to build and develop a standard delivery of this curriculum that considers difference in learning styles of students. Improve efficiency - offering Financial literacy during study hall will give students options to explore Further emphasis on mutual responsibility towards each others well being in school and outside
We cannot ignore the district wide survey results, high school students and parents testimonials at various school board meetings that this program is not working for every one. We have data of over a decade now and we cannot deny that progressive changes needs to be made to create a more inclusive and nurturing environment for our students. No one should be made to feel left behind.My goal is to examine the best way to engage our students in science so that they are able to thrive and reach their best potential and be fully engaged students. One option certainly can be offered like some of other school districts in our state do is by giving a choice to study e.g Biology instead of Physics. Also look closely at how can we improve the current Physics delivery across all classes. We are fortunate to have teachers like Mr. Bushka who has inspired many students. We must try and replicate that teaching technique and model that has helped students.
Any short term decrease in student population in my opinion is an opportunity to iron out any curriculum or delivery issues so that the capacity building that needs to be done for the new housing developments that will start sending students to our schools in the next 2-3 yrs and also home turnover. The challenges will be in budget integrity and classroom size.

I would support and encourage our board and school administrators to continue to bring new programs and curriculum that helps our students to be not only academically strong but also have cultural awareness programs. The Heritage day at LMS is a great example. Many positive changes are already underway and I would support the districts efforts to hire teachers and administrators that are reflective of the student population. A more active role for our guidance department where we openly discuss importance of diversity and race with our students and empower them with knowledge at an early age. logo


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