I was raised in Nutley, graduated from Nutley High School, went on to graduate summa cum laude from Kean University and am now completing my MBA at NJIT. My hands-on experience serving on many civic, academic, and board of education committees, provides me with a strong understanding of our community and school district. I have the skills, knowledge, and passion to work collaboratively with board members, staff, administration and community members to drive the district forward.
In 2011, I was elected to the Nutley board of education, since that time the district and board have implemented many programs and initiatives that I am proud of. With input from our superintendent teachers, staff, parents, students, and community members, we developed a strategic plan, mission, and vision statements, which guide all our decisions. We revamped our curriculum in all areas, and have adopted a 5 year review cycle. We have upgraded our technology, started a one-to-one device program for our students, and implemented an online gradebook and parent portal. We have exercised fiscal responsibility, and have added funds to our capital reserve account. We continue our streak of being named one of the Best Communities for Music Education, and for the 1st time we satisfied all 5 areas of QSAC, and have been designated as a high performing district by the state.
After years of research and planning, we are embarking on putting a referendum up for a vote to solve the overcrowding problem and to bring the six grade students to John H Walker, making it a true middle school. We have added additional programing throughout the district including an elementary hands-on science program, robotics, coding, and maintain dual enrollment programs with Fairleigh Dickenson, Rider, Rutgers and Seton Hall. We have instituted the Academy of Health Sciences that supports students focused in working in health-related careers. Partnering with Rutgers school of Health Related Professions, students can earn up to 28 college credits. We have also been speaking with the new medical school to develop additional partnerships. The district also offers students the opportunity to experience workplace readiness and receive on the job training through cooperative education work experience and internship programs.
It all comes down to one thing, it’s all about preparing our students and doing what’s best for them. About giving them a solid foundation, opportunities, and choices to develop the skills necessary to be successful and contribute to our community and society.
As a parent of three children, home owner and business owner I know the pivotal role the school district plays in the success of our community. To that end I hope that you will support me, so that I can help to address the challenges ahead of us, and to continue moving the district forward, working for our children, our community, and the future of Nutley.
Vote Lisa Danchak-Martin 3H