RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Board of Education candidates for 3 year terms are uncontested. The three incumbents are Ron Conti, Christine Petrat and Dorene Roche (bios below).
As seen on the ballots, There are also two individuals running for a one year seat to finish out a term. The following information on the candidates was obtained from onyourballet.vote411, presented by The League of Women Voters, the Education Link is below.
Guoqing Fu (N)
The most important challenge in the Randolph school district at this time is the students’ health and safety. That includes both physical and psychological safety. Physical safety in sanitized schools and busses. Psychological safety in understanding students’ needs and addressing them.
The long-term challenges of remote learning that the district will face cannot be underestimated. Learning gaps, social and emotional effects and the transition back to full time classroom learning will be major issues the district will encounter in the near future.
As a health care worker I am passionate about my work because I love what I do. I have a strong motivation to help others which drives me to always do my best. This passion leads me to challenge myself daily and learn new skills that help me to do better each day. I would like to apply this to the board of education and apply my skills to address challenging situations. In this time of covid-19, my medical background would be of great benefit to the board and community as a whole.
I would emphasize education and training on COVID-19 and precautions. Build good habits, like washing hands, social distancing and personal hygiene. It is also important to identify the differences between a cold, flu or allergies vs covid so each is treated accordingly. In addition, ensure schools are cleaned and sanitized daily to CDC standards. HVAC systems are properly maintained to allow for good air circulation and filters are changed regularly. Finally, make sure social distancing is enforced on school busses and that the busses are sanitized after every trip.
Yong Wang (N)
Principal Process Engineer
The challenges after COVID-19 are budget, application of new technologies, academic standard requirements, study attitude training, student health, and the proper parent involvement in schools. I think our school district main operation purpose is to serve our kids, the students. The purpose is to educate the students and let them grow up happily with basic knowledges and skills in our school district. To reach this point, we need efforts from all three parties, the school system, the parents, and the students. Here the school system is composed of the professionals. It is the main power force in educating our kids, the students. As parents we mainly depend on the school system to educate our kids. The parents are the education requesters, the main budget source (in our school district realities) or the main money suppliers. The students are the hopes and the future of our parents’. They are the people that we, as the parents, work hard for and fight for. Our first important challenge after COVID-19 is always the budget since the budget is always limited. No matter how much we have, it will always not enough because we hope the best for kids so we have to use money wisely.
I have been an equipment maintenance manager and am still a principal process engineer in a local pharmaceutical company for more than 10 years. I have a BS and a MS degree in chemical engineering. I have two kids, one is still in Randolph high school and another one is in Randolph middle school. I am familiar with the school district and familiar with the school system. My work experiences will help me in serving the school district in evaluating the technologies, in reviewing the maintenance and building projects. I also as a senior parent, may be able to help the communications between parents and school district, using my own life experiences.
I will involve in the communication between our people to let all of us understand the different pains of different people with my experiences. I will apply my knowledge to discuss with people in the committee to find out the better solutions for COVID-19 pandemic solutions for our schools. I will listen to people in our community for their needs and feed the voices back to the committee and even reflect the voices to our governments. With the news of the COVID-19 vaccines are available soon, from now to November or to next Summer, before the vaccines are available, we still need to continue our ways of preventing the deadly spreading and to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 devastation. Our key is the whole society has to work together to face our problems. Even if we cannot completely block the spreading of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, at least we need to reduce the social activities and keep social distance and use masks to limit the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic until we can use vaccines to completely wipe out the pandemic. I am glad the above steps (reduce the social activities and keep social distance and use masks) are working and our lives are improving. We will win!
The Bios for the 3 uncontested candidates are listed here, as listed on The Randolph Schools website RTNY.org:
Mr. Ronald Conti and his wife, Rina, have lived in Randolph since 2008 and have two children, one who attends Ironia Elementary School and another who attends Randolph High School. Mr. Conti was re-elected as Board President at the January 2019 reorganization meeting.
Mr. Conti received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Northeastern University in 1993. While enrolled in the 5-year co-op program, Mr. Conti worked developing defense technology. Upon graduating, Mr. Conti worked on Wall Street building risk management applications and subsequently launched and sold a series of successful high tech start-ups. Since then, Mr. Conti has been a strategic technology consultant to several businesses all over the world.
He has experience in application, internet and mobile development in addition to networking and system automation.
Ms. Roche was sworn in November 18, 2019 and began her term. Ms. Roche has lived in Randolph since 2002 with her husband James and three children. Two of her children are Randolph High School graduates, and she currently has a child in the district.
For over thirty years, Ms. Roche has led a dance program for adults and children with special needs. She has held numerous volunteer positions with the district which include parent teacher organizations, committees for football and soccer, and serving as chair for the Randolph PEC (Parents of Exceptional Children). Through the PEC, Ms. Roche has been able to provide additional support to parents with children that have special needs.
Ms. Petrat received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University and her Master of Social Work degree from Fordham University. She is currently a clinical social worker for the Mount Arlington Board of Education and has over 15 years of experience helping children in schools and other settings. Ms. Petrat is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She has two children who attend Randolph High School. Her son Ian plays the trumpet in the marching band, wind ensemble, and jazz band. He is also a member of the varsity tennis program. Her son Nate was one of the first students in the Realizing Individual Student Excellence (R.I.S.E.) program.