My name is Brett Dreyer and I am seeking election to the Cranford Board of Education (BOE). As a 4th generation Cranford resident and parent of two children in Cranford schools (3rd and 6th grade), I welcome the opportunity to give back to the town and school district.
I will bring to the BOE over 23 years of public administration experience as a manager with the federal government, backed by two master’s degrees, Accounting and Public Administration. I have extensive experience with public policy, creating and managing budgets, evaluating performance of personnel and programs, overseeing contracts, and human resources. I am a lifelong volunteer in Cranford, starting as an Eagle Scout in my teens and continuing through today, where I currently volunteer in coaching, Scouting and other community groups.
If elected, my priorities include building contingency plans to address future housing developments that unfortunately seem inevitable. No one school or part of town should be unfairly impacted - we must all share in tackling whatever the future holds through sound planning. I also want to preserve and improve our neighborhood schools and overall walkability, true assets to Cranford and a major selling point for potential home buyers. Finally, I would like to help the BOE focus on school safety, which includes a spectrum of evolving challenges, from vaping to social media abuse to bullying.
Importantly, through a deep understanding of our community and history, I will ensure the BOE’s policies are aligned with the values and priorities of Cranford. The BOE is Cranford’s largest employer (along with UCC) and biggest expense (55% of your property tax bill in 2019). The actions of the BOE extend well beyond the classroom and schools. The school district has a great impact on our property values, taxes, sense of community (Go Cougars!), and overall quality of life. Yet, most tax payers in Cranford do not have children in Cranford schools. This includes my parents' generation, whose children have grown up but they remain a vital part of our town. I will strike the balance of providing the schools with the resources they need while respecting that taxpayers demand every dollar be spent wisely.
My campaign motto is “Committed to Cranford”, this reflects who I am and my pledge that if elected to the Cranford BOE, I will work tirelessly to improve the education of our children while being consistent with the values and needs of the entire Cranford community.