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Belmar Board of Education: Candidates Offer Views on Goals

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BELMAR, NJ — Three candidates are seeking re-election to three-year seats on the Belmar Board of Education — incumbents Kimberly Chek, Mark Furey and Rebecca Herbert — while newcomer Lisa Miller is running for a one-year unexpired term.

Herbert and Miller responded to questions presented by TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como; Chek and Furey did not acknowledge requests to participate.

REBECCA HERBERT

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Herbert, 42, of Third Avenue has lived in Belmar for most of her life. She is married with three children who attend Belmar Elementary School. She works in pharmaceutical sales.

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Herbert has served on the Belmar school board since 2008.

What are your qualifications for elected office?

“An educated lifetime Belmar resident who has interest in what's best for both the children in our community as well as the Belmar community as a whole.”

What are the most-important issues facing the school district?

“What's most important for Belmar Elementary is achieving academic growth and excellence for all of our students. We need to ensure that our students are well prepared for high school and beyond.”

If re-elected, what are your goals?

“Continue to be a supportive common-sense board member who remains focused on what's best for the pursuit of educating the children in our community.”

LISA MILLER

Miller, 49, of Fifth Avenue has been a borough resident for 16 years. She is founder and CEO of VIE Healthcare Inc., a Wall-based financial and operational consulting firm for health care providers. Miller received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern University, St. David, Pa., and her master’s degree in health care administration from Seton Hall University, South Orange.

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Miller has not served in any elected office or in any municipal capacity. In the community, she is a former board member of the New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble and has been involved with Meals on Wheels.

What are your qualifications for elected office?

“I have a combination of experience and skills that aligns with the responsibilities of being a board member and previously served on the board of New Jersey Dance Theatre Ensemble for three years. I am an experienced health care leader who understands the challenges of a regulatory environment and who has successfully provided innovative financial and operational solutions for organizations throughout the United States.

“I have a consistent record of achieving financial and operational performance improvements for both small and large diverse organizations. In my leadership position at VIE Healthcare, I have successfully maneuvered the delicate balance between a dedication to mission, the need for bold visionary entrepreneurial initiatives and the application of proven management strategies. Margin drives a mission. I believe in strong non-labor fiscal discipline so that serving the people in our communities with proven resources for their aspirations, needs and challenges becomes our most important mission.

If elected, what are your goals?

“My first goal is to support the administration, educators, students, their families and our community in providing educational excellence with a holistic view of student success. Every child has unique abilities and being able to provide educational success in collaboration with access to the arts, athletics, technology and supports they individually need to meet their potential is foundational for lifelong success. It is also vital for our community success.  Our children are our future and investing in their success as a community only makes our community stronger, better, kinder and great place to live and raise our families.  

“My second goal is be a part of an innovative vision for the Belmar Board of Education.  How can we improve the facilities, the technology and learn best practices from other innovative educational organizations?"

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