My interest in running for the Berkeley Heights Board of Education extends from my desire to give back to the community that has served my family so well. I have been involved in education for over 30 years which has given me an understanding of the daily workings of a school district.
It is crucial that our district maintain its tradition of providing a high quality of educational opportunities for all our students. We must provide a rigorous curriculum for our students to meet future challenges. We must recruit and retain the best teachers who are skilled in effective teaching strategies so all students can reach their fullest potential.
The demands to do this and more are high and come with unfunded mandates, less state and federal aid and the taxpayer who is asking for relief. We know that we will have to make difficult decisions, that has been said repeatedly, but now the time has come. It is times like this where we must think a head of the curve looking for sources of revenue to offset the tax burden. We need a coherent policy to bring in grants, corporate sponsors, and shared services to increase revenue and manage costs.
We can strike the right balance for an excellent school district and one that is fiscally responsible.