Rachel Selvin announced her candidacy for a seat on the Livingston Board of Education. She is a retired lawyer and 14 year Livingston resident. Rachel has two 2 children, one in Heritage Middle School and the other who just finished his Freshman year at Livingston High School. She has been an active parent volunteer in the school district since her oldest son started Kindergarten at Collins Elementary School 10 years ago. In addition to chairing many different committees at Collins, she was also the PTA president.
She just finished her tenure as President of P-T Council (Parent-Teacher Council). This organization is the group of PTA (Parent Teacher Assocation), PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) and HSA (Home and School Association) Presidents from all 9 schools in the district. PT Council works closely with the administration to be the voice of the parent stakeholders in the district. Any grass root issues that come to the council from the individual schools are presented to the adminstration for review, consideration and resolution. Some of the accomplishments achieved this year include, parent input into the academic calendar, parity among the elementary schools for curriculum and fieldtrips, updates to the Genesis system to make it more user friendly, facilitated district contribution to PTA/PTO/HSA websites, security upgrades in all school buildings,and assisted in coordination of parent participation in school district committees such as Nutrition and Safety.
In addition to her time spent on issues affecting our schools and children in the district, Rachel had been a member of the JCC Board of Trustees for 10 years. In this role she had learned the nuances of serving on a community focused Board which requires understanding, communication and transparency.
Rachel is running for the Livingston Board of Education because she believes change is needed. She will also work toward providing transparency in all aspects of the Board of Education's proceedings. She will strive to foster a positive working relationship between the Board of Education and all stakeholders. As a parent with children in the district, she is in the best position to understand how the constant turnover of superintendents has negatively impacted our students, administrators, teachers and the general public. While she understands the decisions of the Board of Education most directly affect our children, she also has concerns for the residents of Livingston who do not have children in the school district. She realizes that Board of Education decisions can affect taxes and property values. She intends to be a valued member of the Board of Education who will work tirelessly to hire and support great leadership for Livingston Public Schools.