BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Two current Board of Education members are running unopposed for another three-year term on the board. They are Doug Reinstein and Mary Ann Walsh.
Reinstein, 49, is running for his third three-year term on the school board.
He said he believes the board faces three major challenges:
• Improving student achievement while implementing new testing standards
• Rolling out a new teacher evaluation system
• Accomplishing the goals identified in our Strategic Plan.
He noted plans are already in place for all three of these items, “including teacher training and owners and milestones for each goal in the Strategic Plan.”
While on the board Reinstein has served on the finance, negotiations, athletics/co-curricular, facilities and communication committees. He has also been a PAL head coach for soccer, basketball and baseball. And, he is chairman of Taxpayers for Education.
Reinstein said voters should cast their ballot for him because “I bring a unique blend of business experience and six-plus years of Board of Ed experience. Additionally, I’m passionate about improving student achievement and making our district the best it can be.”
He has a bachelor’s degree in industrial management from Carnegie-Mellon University and an executive master’s in business administration from Rutgers University.
Walsh, 49, is running for her second three-year term. She also completed an interim term of five months.
“There are many critical concerns facing education today,” she said. “However, fundamentally I see the most critical concerns/needs to be: to improve overall student achievement, to insure our children are prepared for success in the 21 st century, and to balance the needs of our children with the economic realities of our taxpayers.
“In Berkeley Heights we are committed to improving the quality of our educational offerings on every level. We are working to do so via our new Strategic Plan, an expanded professional development program highlighting understanding by design and differentiated instruction, implementation of an enhanced teacher evaluation and
effectiveness system, and development of a responsible budget focused on supporting these goals.”
Walsh is a past chairman of the Berkeley Heights Recreation Commission, past BHEF trustee, past PTO vice president, past PTO Curriculum Liaison and Strategic Planning member, current Municipal Alliance member, and a current ASK Berkeley Heights member.
She said residents should vote for her because, “I joined the Board of Education for one reason only -- to insure that all of our children get the best possible education and that every child has the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. That drives every decision I make.
As a parent, I understand how important education is to our children’s and our nation’s future. As an actively involved citizen, local businessperson and taxpayer, I also have insight into the needs, goals and priorities of the full community I serve and I work hard to try and balance all of these in every decision I make.”
Walsh has a master’s degree in international business.