SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Joyce Mehta is running for re-election for a spot on the South Brunswick Board of Education, she is currently an incumbent and was initially elected to the board in 2017. Mehta has been a resident of South Brunswick for 14 years and is a mother of two daughters. She is currently the Recording Secretary for the South Brunswick Commission on Women, a commissioner for the South Brunswick Municipal Alliance, and a member of the South Brunswick Lions Club.

While in office, Mehta says she has been able to incorporate her campaign promises into her work. First by joining the equity committee which works to identify inequities in the school system and how to solve them. The committee has been able to incorporate curriculum in schools and promote professional development.

Mehta has also been able to tackle childhood stress by joining the South Brunswick High School mental health committee to look at present-day issues facing today’s children. The committee works closely with teachers and parents to bring awareness of these issues. As a member of the municipal alliance, Mehta has put her focus on drugs and alcohol use by asking for more billboards reminding people not to drink and drive during the holiday season and encouraging more programs to address drug abuse in schools.

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“I have a proven track record of success for the 9,000 children in our community. I have learned a lot during my first term and hope to learn more to help our schools grow and be more successful” Mehta said “We have done excellent work in identifying the problems in our community and addressing them, I hope to continue this work if re elected and I hope to make huge changes in this upcoming school year.”

Mehta calls school safety the number one priority of the board. South Brunswick schools have improved their security measures including purchasing new vestibules and investing money on safeguarding people who work at the front desk, who are the first people in the line of sight for any intruders. As a member of the board, Mehta has drawn their attention to the safety practices of other schools in order to learn more about the best ways to keep schools in South Brunswick secure.

Moving forward, Mehta says that her biggest concern in South Brunswick schools continues to be stress and problems that stress may cause. For example, Mehta says that vaping has now become an issue for today’s youth due to the stress caused by schooling. Mehta is also concerned with maintaining the South Brunswick school district’s place as number one in education in Middlesex county and hopes to continue the educational practices she has endorsed to keep that rank.

“Academic excellence will always be what this board aims to do, and if reelected I promise to keep our place at the top.” Mehta said “We want to make sure that our children have to opportunity to grow and learn in an environment that is both safe and free from overwhelming stress.”