RANDOLPH, NJ - Superintendent David Browne announced Tuesday night that he has recommended that the Board of Education implement a full-day kindergarten program in September 2015 when the Randolph Board of Education held its first meeting of the new year.
The winners of the school board elections in November for three-year terms were Christine Aulenbach, Ronald Conti and Dr. Diana Thomas. Jeffrey Braverman won a write-in campaign for an unexpired two-year term. Business Administrator and Board Secretary Gerald Eckert swore in the newly elected members.
Browne noted that plans to fund full-day kindergarten within the operating budget are currently being worked on. Browne and the board will work collaboratively to determine how to make the program possible.
"There's been a lot of work put into this recommendation already and I'm confident we can do this," Browne said. "There's still a lot of work ahead to make sure this is done correctly and successfully, but I think it's a step in the right direction for the district."
Aulenbach received a total vote of 3,023. She was first appointed to the board in November 2013. A lifelong resident of Randolph, she is married with three sons. She is also a former two-time Fernbrook Parent Teacher Association president who helped establish the new Parent Teacher Organization at the school.
Conti was sworn in after having a total vote of 2,676. Conti and his wife, Rina, have two children who attend Ironia Elementary School.
Dr. Thomas was sworn after total vote of 2,825. She was first appointed to the board in February 2014. Thomas has lived in Randolph since 2008. She is married to Anand Hariharan, and they have three children who attend Randolph schools.
Lastly appointed was new member, but familiar face to the board, Braverman with a total vote of 208. He was elected in November 2014 as a write-in candidate filling an unexpired two-year term. He and his wife, Liz, have lived in Randolph for 24 years. They have two children, a daughter who graduated in 2010 and a son who is currently a senior.
Braverman served as president and co-founder of the Visual and Performing Arts Council (VPAC), a roadie for the Randolph Marching RAMS for nine years and a recreation soccer coach for two years.
To learn more about the board members, check out the following link: http://www.rtnj.org/board_education.cfm?subpage=34435
Nominations for board president and vice president were also taken and once again bestowed upon Tammy Mackay for president and Alfredo Matos for vice president.
"I appreciate your support. This is a great board to work with. We have a lot on our plate for 2015. I am really excited to get in and make some really positive changes," said Mackay.
The next board meeting with be on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 8:00 p.m. in the High School library where the board will further discuss this recommendation of full day Kindergarten. This meeting will be open to the public.