LIVINGSTON, NJ - At his last meeting as the student representative on the Livingston Board of Education, Dylan Camche, a senior heading to Georgetown University, pressed school leaders to continue funding new initiatives, including Russian as a world language. 

“The opportunities Livingston Public Schools offer are unparalleled, from the kindergarten classrooms through the high school,” Camche said. He took exception to those who argue there is no correlation between education spending and school success. 

“To think that ‘defunding’ our education system will yield better results defies the basic economic principle of supply and demand and will at its core undermine Livingston’s main attraction’s (its schools) development and growth … The example that we set every day is even more potent as our school district can pride itself on socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, and religious diversity,” he said.

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Camche noted the great lengths Livingston has gone to improving the technological infrastructure. “However, I believe there is work to be done to make sure curriculum content advances to meet the social demands of the times as well,” he said.

Last summer, Camche studied in Russia as a State Department National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholar. He has since come to concur with the voices of the significant Russian-American population in Livingston to support Russian learning in the schools.

“There is an increasing political, economic, and cultural need for Livingston students to learn the language,” he said.

“I am proud to say that my high school has offered me Chinese, for this highlights our understanding of modern societal demands,” Camche said. “But I also want to be prouder by saying that we offer Russian as well.”