(Editor’s Note: Four seats on the Watchung Board of Education are up for vote on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Incumbents George Colonias, Margo Langer and Jim Rhyner are each seeking re-election, unopposed, to three-year terms; Newcomer Dennis Bakos is seeking election, unopposed, to a one-year term. TAPinto will be publishing statements from those candidates who responded to requests.)

I was born and raised in Roselle Park. I graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business.  I am currently Vice-President of Chubb Insurance Co., Warren NJ where I am a product manager of a number of specialty insurance coverages responsible for their growth and profitability on a worldwide basis.

My wife Kathy and I moved from Roselle Park to Watchung in 2002.  We were attracted to the strong school system, sense of community and natural beauty of Watchung.  Our daughter, Kelly, is 14 and a recent graduate of Valley View School and our son, James, is 11 years old in sixth grade at Valley View.

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Working in Warren has afforded me the opportunity to be involved in many local children’s activities where for the past eight years I have coached recreation girls’ and boys’ sports.

I have experience as a director of both for profit and nonprofit companies.  I have served as President of the Watchung Board of education for the past two years, President of the Roselle Park Board of Education for two terms and as vice chairman of HomeSharing, Inc, a nonprofit entity working to eradicate homelessness in New Jersey. 

I have served on the Watchung Board of Education the past four years and am proud of the progress the district has made to ensure our students are prepared for the world that awaits them.  From infusing technology into the curriculum, our One to One Chromebook initiative, grants to implement new physical fitness programs and ensuring teachers have the tools and resources they need to be successful… to the oversight of our facilities projects, like bringing the new roof project at Valley View School in on time and under budget, I believe we are continuing to lead the way in thoughtful school oversight.  The past three budgets have been tax increases of just 1.5-percent per year, well under the cap allowed and ensuring a proper return on our tax dollars. 

I look forward to continuing to serve on the board of education as we strive to make what is an already superior school district even better.

Jim Rhyner