BLOOMFIELD, NJ - School funding and allocating resources to meet the demands of the district has always been a concern of the Bloomfield Board of Education, there are protocols and budgets to follow, but what if a financial gift was given to the district.

TAPinto Bloomfield asked each of the five candidates: "A friend of the Bloomfield district makes a $1M donation and gives you 100% sole discretion to allocate the money to one project or educational area. How will you spend the money?" Their responses follow:

Thomas Heaney: I would use the money to expand current facilities and acquire new facilities for the growing number of students in our district.

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Michael Heller: What would be valuable would be to pursue new curricular approaches. I think project-based or collaborative learning is an import area to pursue. Students would learn collaboration. Wherever you happen to go in the world you will rarely be working by yourself.

Ellen RogersI am going to break it down into a few areas. They are: Technology; our on-going facilities and infrastructure repair; also school security.

Emily Smith:  I would direct the money to the financing of special education for our students.

Jessica Salinas: I would build a cafeteria in all 8 elementary schools. Because there is nothing better than fresh hot food as opposed to a lukewarm lunch in box. If children are not happy with the food they are not eating and if they are not eating they cannot concentrate and learn.