1. Why are you running for Board of Education?
I am running for the Edison Board of Education to make a real difference for the taxpayers who fund our public schools, for children who attend them, and for the dedicated people who work there.
2. What do you hope to accomplish?
I want to improve our school district's transparency. Instead of only making public a minimal amount of information, I will push for all school board documents and records to be publicly available.
I intend to improve our district's financial accountability. I will carefully examine and publics question district spending practices and administrative decision. Then, ensure that truthful answers are provided to parents and the public.
I will work hard to ensure that the Edison School District receives its fair share of state aid, instead of simply accepting less aid than other smaller towns in our area receive now.
Finally, I am confident my extensive knowledge of construction and renovation, and my cost-saving experience will be beneficial to the Edison School District as it maintains, renovates and upgrades its facilities. Future upgrades and renovations school include state-of-the-art fire detection and fire suppression systems so that our students, faculty and staff have the safest possible learning environment.
3. About Richard Brescher
Born and raised in Edison, I am a product of our public school system and a John P. Stevens High School graduate. My wife June and I live across the street from my alma mater, and we are the proud parents of two children , Richard and Christopher who also attended Edison's public schools.
I am a founding partner in Manhattan-based Just About Building (JAB) Associates Inc., and I was founding principal of RK Associates in New York. These are construction management and general contracting firms that specialize in commercial, institutional and residential construction in the New Jersey-New York area.
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