SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ - Azra Baig has received an endorsement for her reelection to the South Brunswick Board of Education by Sara Rubiano, the former student representative for South Brunswick High School. Rubiano has endorsed Mrs. Baig in a letter that describes the initiatives that they have worked on during her time on the board and calls Mrs. Baig a ‘Cheerleader for the Community.”

In her letter, Rubiano recalls her time with Azra Baig while working on the board. Rubiano says that Mrs. Baig always listened to what she had to add to the conversation, making her feel like a valid member of the board even though she was the youngest one there. She also emphasizes that Mrs. Baig is always willing to listen to her constituents and take their concerns seriously.

“She would always make a conscious effort to make my voice heard; making sure to include me in a discussion or asking for feedback. This is a true testament of who she is.” Rubiano writes in her letter, “She is attentive to the work the BOE does, she is always asking questions during meetings, making sure their work is reflective of our community’s needs and is accessible to all.”

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During her time on the board, Rubiano worked along side Azra Baig on the “No Homework Policy,” which forbade teachers to hand out homework assignments to students during holiday break as a means of limiting stress in students and promoting time with their families. The committee examined homework policies, researched “best practices” to approach homework and gathered information to reform district-wide homework strategy. Rubian says that Mrs. Baig was willing to listen to students, parents and staff throughout the whole process in order to improve the educational experience.

“The efforts of the committee, including that of Mrs. Baig, are continuing to help foster a positive environment, one in which students take time to spend more time with family or pursue personal passions.” Rubiano writes in her letter “The “No Homework Policy” in particular helped shift the school culture surrounding mental health among students. Mrs. Baig was dedicated to discuss topics associated with homework, stress, and was willing to hear recommendations that would improve the educational experience for students.”

Rubiano also highlights Mrs. Baig’s service with the Mental Wellness dashboard, the Academic Policy Committee, and her role as the South Brunswick Board of Education Liaison to the South Brunswick Women’s Commission as reasons for her endorsement. Rubiano also cites Mrs. Baig’s involvement in the community as well as her enthusiasm for the people of South Brunswick as a reason for supporting her for her third reelection. 

“I can’t remember a time when I haven’t seen her at a school function whether it be a football game or a pep rally. She is devoted and truly immersed into every aspect of South Brunswick” Rubiano writes, “Her leadership is uniquely collaborative and purposed with making sure people see the results they want. I strongly urge you to vote for Azra Baig to see problem solving, collaboration, and a continued record of excellence in the South Brunswick community.