To the Editor:

I am writing to share my enthusiastic support for Doug Reinstein and Christine Reilly in the upcoming School Board election. I was fortunate to serve on the Board with Doug for ten years and can attest to Doug’s integrity, leadership skills and passion for public education.

Doug’s accomplishments are many. A strong believer that communication is key to a District’s success, Doug encouraged the administration to expand its use of the District website and social media to provide students, parents and residents with up to date news, important announcements, calendar events and progress reports. Doug even produces his own email newsletter reporting on School Board meetings.

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Committed to ensuring the District meets its mission of helping all students reach their potential, Doug focused the Board on measuring student achievement. His efforts led to the development of the Student Achievement Dashboard, a valuable reporting tool that will help the District enrich classroom instruction and increase students chances for success.

Doug has also led the way in introducing and embedding technology into the classroom. Tools including smart boards, iPads, Power school, and Google Docs are already enriching the classroom environment and connecting teachers with students and their parents. By focusing on proven technologies rather than the latest untested fad, Doug and the board have carefully chosen technologies that will yield immediate results.

As a corporate CEO, Christine Reilly offers strategic planning experience not commonly found in School Board candidates. The district will surely benefit from her ability to analyze program recommendations, evaluate financial impacts and communicate results. Having served on the Board of the American Red Cross, Christine also brings valuable expertise in area of institutional governance and oversight, critical functions for any School Board.

Doug and Christine care deeply about the quality of education for all students, and they have advocated fairly and passionately for students, families, teachers, and administrators all while maintaining a strict financial regimen and limiting tax impacts. Christine and Doug also have the insight of parents who have sent their children through the K-12 system.

Berkeley Heights is fortunate to have two candidates of their caliber on the November 3rd ballot. Join them in their efforts to make the Berkeley Heights School District a model for excellence in public education. Please vote for Doug Reinstein and Christine Reilly on November 3rd.


Paul T. Beisser