BRIDGEWATER, NJ - She has been a member of the board of education for 12 years, and now member Lynne Hurley is hoping to continue serving the community and the district with another term on board.

Hurley is running for one of three open seats on the board of education representing Bridgewater.

“As a 25-year resident of Bridgewater Township, I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to serve our community in several capacities,” she said. “It has been a privilege to be involved with so many wonderful organizations that contribute so much to our community.”

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Aside from the board of education, Hurley is a founding member and past president of the Bridgewater-Raritan Special Education Alliance. She is also the chairperson of both the Bridgewater-Raritan Municipal Alliance and Youth Services Commission.

Other volunteer activities in the township have included Special Olympics, Girl Scouts, ASPEN and the PTOs at the high school, middle school, Eisenhower Intermediate, Van Holten Primary, John F. Kennedy Primary and Bradley Gardens Primary.

Outside of her volunteer work, Hurley received her bachelor’s degree from Douglass College at Rutgers University, and worked in telecommunications management before starting a family. For the past nine years, she has worked in the Bridgewater Recreation Department.

With wellness and homework being much discussed in the district as of late, Hurley said student wellness is important to consider and focus on in all the schools.

“There are many critical factors that contribute to student wellness, with homework being just one of them,” she said. “While I agree that it is important to address this work/life balance, the adjustments that have recently been made to the homework policy are not the sole remedy to the challenges to wellness our students face in this day and age.”

Hurley said the district needs to explore other ways to help students build resilience and develop coping skills necessary for the variety of other academic and social challenges they face today.

And when it comes to morale, Hurley said it is important for the board to bring in people who can help the district succeed.

“The primary roles of the board are to set policy and hire the superintendent to run the district,” she said. “In hiring Dr. (Russell) Lazovick, we made sure to bring in a leader who truly values and supports everyone in our school community.”

Hurley said it is also important for the district to maintain a proper balance in all areas of expenses, with technology, curriculum and infrastructure of main concern.

“It is critical that we try to allocate the funds available to us in a manner that supports student achievement without compromising the environment and safety of our students and staff,” she said. “We should continue to maintain a critical eye on these areas as we enter each budget cycle.”