This article has been published as part of a series of profiles on Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education Candidates. All candidates will be featured individually during the week leading up to the November 2019 election.
WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Meet Dan Cipoletti, a candidate running for Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education.
Dan Cipoletti, a 25-year resident of West Caldwell, currently serves as vice president and general manager of Cloud Services at Synchronoss, Inc. He and his wife, Anita, have two daughters who were educated at Caldwell-West Caldwell schools through eighth grade. Kate is currently a senior at Mt. St. Dominic Academy, and Nicole is a freshman at James Caldwell High School.
Q: Why are you running for board of education? (Again, if incumbent?)
A: I am running for the children in our community who attend our schools. I want to continue to provide a safe and challenging educational experience for all the children in Caldwell/West Caldwell.
Q: Why do you feel you deserve the job? What qualifies you for it?
A: I have been on the Board (along with Marie Lanfrank) for 6 years now. We have jointly accomplished a lot related support of new curriculum, improved school safely, improved access and performance of technology, and creation of new academic positions to name a few. This experience coupled with my work experience continue to be a valuable asset to the Board of Education.
Q: In what area(s) would you like to see more support?
A: I would like to see more support for our children related to anxiety and depression. There is more pressure placed on kids today at a much younger ago than when I went through the process. I would like to see more support and training for our staff recognizing and dealing with children suffering with anxiety and depression. To this end, we added a district goal around this subject for the current year.
Q: Name one budget item you would like to see either increased or decreased and explain why.
A: I would like to see our technology budget increased. As we are preparing our children for college, the work force or the military, they will be leveraging technology, both hardware and software in the next step of their lives. I continue to press for our children to have more access to new technologies and coding techniques.
To jump start this process, 6 years ago as there was not a technology budget, Marie and I ran a golf outing thorough the Education Foundation and donated over $35K to the schools for chromebooks. This was a small, but meaningful step at the time to upgrading the computers in our system.
Q: Tell us about your other career and/or other ways you are involved in the community.
A: I am very involved with the community having been a coach for multiple sports as my children were in grammar school. I also served as a Trustee for the West Caldwell Library and have taught CCD for many years at St. Al’s.
In addition to the BOE, I am a Board Member for Eva’s Village in Paterson and have been a corporate organizer for Teach for America.
In my career, I am currently a VP/GM for Synchronoss (Bridgewater), where I lead a team of Product Manager and run our Cloud business. I have 30+ years of experience in finance, operation, business development and product management.
I hold a Masters and Business of Science degree from Seton Hall and have completed Executive Education programs at Columbia and Northwestern.