Candidate Statements

September 27, 2020

What goes into the school budget and how it is developed is of great importance to me.  I am mindful that the money the district spends comes from the community.  I will strive to make the budget process transparent to all stakeholders. I will look to see where cost savings can be maximized.  I ...

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The Covid-19 pandemic has changed education like we never imagined. Overnight, the Sparta school district had to turn on a dime and teach virtually.  As the District reopened in September, at least there were a few months to plan.  Our administrators and teachers have had to reinvent education to ...

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I have been a resident of Sparta for six years. I am currently in my seventeenth year as a Health and Physical Education Teacher at Lenape Valley Regional High School. I  taught in Randolph at the elementary level for ten years. I held the positions as the Head Varsity Field Hockey for fourteen ...

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In early 2020, the Sparta Town Council passed (3-2) Ordinance 20-04 which could potentially create a negative impact on Sparta’s downtown.  The Ordinance provides several incentives to allow for mixed use retail and residential apartment buildings up to four stories (62 feet) tall, with an ...

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I am committed to the Sparta community.  I am committed to serving Sparta schools.  My wife and I have 4 children in Sparta schools.  My running mates have an additional 7.  Between us we have 11 children currently in Sparta schools plus 2 recent graduates.   Do you want your Board of Education ...

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Earlier this summer, four community-minded individuals announced they are running for four open seats on the Sparta Board of Education (BoE). Mike McGovern, Dr. Robert Zywicki, and Dr. Richard Snellings are seeking election to three-year seats, and Dr. Vanessa Serrano is seeking election to a ...

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I’m Mike McGovern, and I’m seeking a three-year term on the Sparta Board of Education.  I’ve been a proud Sparta resident for the past ten years.  My wife, Patti, teaches Second Grade at Alpine Elementary; two of our children are Sparta High School graduates, and our oldest is a Senior at SHS this ...

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I am invested in Sparta and want what is best for our community and schools.  I am ready and willing to advance our school system to be the best it can be not just for my four children but for all the students in the Sparta Township Public Schools.  A strong public education is the key to a ...

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My name is Vanessa Serrano, Ed. D. I am running for a one-year term for the Sparta Board of Education. I have been a resident of Sparta since 2011. I am married and have two children, Michael (7) and Ciara (5).  I am running for the Sparta Board of Education because although our school system is ...

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My name is Christa Sorensen and I am running for the Sparta Township School Board of Education.  I have been a resident of Sparta since 2006, and I have had the pleasure of meeting many of you over the last 14 years.  I have three children, a Junior and two Kindergarteners. I received my degree in ...

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