Three members of the Randolph Board of Education declined to run for re-election this year, opening the door for new blood on a embattled board that has drawn local and national criticism in recent years amid angry debates packed into public school holiday meetings;
Seven candidates, including one former member, threw their hats in the ring to lead the campaign, which attracted more than 4,300 students at four elementary schools, a middle school and a high school.
The Daily Record and USA Today Network asked New Jersey candidates in select races about what motivated them to run. Four of the candidates responded. Amanda Adams, Sheldon Epstein and Hazel Ball, competing in the self-described “Experience And Integrity” did not make the ticket. He previously served on the board from 2013 to 2019.
Those who responded accused the district of “frivolity,” said the board needed to restore trust with parents and assess the state’s new health education curriculum standards, a point on the curriculum board across the state.
Broad flags are required which local areas then choose to implement. They do not mandate sex education in the first grades, but they call for debunking discussions about gender stereotypes in the second grade. In the fifth grade they are expected to know “the connection between intercourse and the generation of men,” and the earlier signs of puberty are discussed. By the eighth grade students should understand the definitions of the pessary, the mouth and the anus of the sexes, to say the position.
The following are excerpts from responses from those who responded.
Kelly Ann Arzberger
Arzberger is an IT manager with a daughter in middle school.
Arzberger on priorities; “With the care of undergraduate trucks in the school system, when I handled the pandemic mode of school revenue and management, I began to regularly attend school board meetings and witness the lack of focus on matters at hand and pressing the button.” group-think that doesn’t exactly impact ratings or tax burden because other considerations or considerations are overlooked or ignored. We help our teachers, staff, students, and parents to embrace their voices. Board transparency and lack of respect is a huge priority, and in addition, the BOE meeting format needs to be more collaborative, more approachable, and less combative. as usual.”
Arzberger’s new sex-ed career; “I am a firm believer in the right of parents to determine what is and is not in the best interests of their child when it comes to issues such as Medical Freedom, CHPE, SEL, DEI, CRT… Closed area.” Education Committee public meeting in March 2022, making discussions about this class ‘secret’. The district’s new curriculum tool, Atlas, does not include resources for each category. I don’t agree with the way the district has handled this new course to date.”
Arzberger on spending; “During the last several years, the school tax has been constantly increased while the standards of school delivery of quality education have declined. Now with the state of the country’s growth rate and rising costs, fiscal responsibility is more important than ever, a deep need. also to be sure to experience and to make each property. Frivolous spending in the office renovations over schools necessary to block.”
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Broyles is a business manager with two children in the development district.
Broyles Priory: “Providing a strong education must continue to be the main priority of our school district. The two things I will work on in the quarter are town hall conversations with the community as transparency and communication are key. I also support that our district hosts informational hours about our special services programs.
Broyles’ new sex-ed career; “I do not agree with the new state sex education curriculum before high school. I believe that this place is best taught by parents or caregivers. I understand that this cannot be a real option for every family. I believe that it would be our country. It is best to do this as an opt-in curriculum versus about the current form of opt-out.”
Broyles in spending; “It is vital that we look at our finances from the top down and make cuts to the state budget as needed. The district recently cut 35% from our elementary education STEAM budget with the renewal of our superintendent’s contract roughly 18 months in advance with a substantial increase for the next five years. This It was fiscally irresponsible, and not what would be best for our finances and the future of our treasury.
Debby Rauch Lissaur
Rauch is a Lissaur-based executive coach and leadership development facilitator with one boy in the district and another at the College of New Jersey.
Priory of Lissaur: ” 1. Lower the temperature between the board and the community. I want our board to be respected and valued, and now the tensions are high and the parents are angry. The main reason is that the parents do not feel heard. 2 . Open a two-way dialogue between the parents and the board. Now one there are only public expressions. Other towns have an open exchange. Why can’t we? 3. Return the trust. Now the parents do not trust the board. This is mainly because the boards are holding large notices. Because of the frustration and anger of the parents, the board has closed all the education of the public assembly elections. This it only fostered distrust.”
Lissaur’s new sex-ed career: “I believe that below high school, many of the things in the new sexual education standards are too graphic for children. I do not believe that sex is appropriate to be taught to a 10-year-old, and I believe that doing so is within the limits of parental authority.”
Lissaur in spending: “The state has cut back on the funding provided to the district. Since the schools are to educate, the largest percentage goes to academics and teacher support that can make academic excellence. Administrative costs should be reduced as much as possible.”
Schleifstein is an attorney with one child in the district.
Priory of Schleifstein: “Provide opportunities for community members to express their views from board-driven surveys and town halls to office hours and simple opportunities for one-on-one conversations; The board is always looking to ensure that ‘are we acting in the best interests of the students?'” More than 100 teachers and staff at Randolph in 2021-22 and left more than 20 after July. It’s fiscal responsibility to reduce staff: Because we always buy, it’s part of a long-term or plan. The district leadership recommends it, not the Board must approve it now. Hit the reset button on how the board communicates with the public. Stop the name-calling “
Schleifstein’s new sex-ed career; “Certain topics (such as gender identity), if they are brought up in school, can cause greater harm to the mental health of some children. I would like to see a comprehensive presentation to parents of exactly what this institution is going to look like. Unless I am presented with compelling evidence to the contrary (which I have not seen today), it is difficult I can see the value of introducing the concepts of gender identity, sexual orientation or masturbation in the elementary grades (and perhaps in middle schools. too).”
Schleifstein in spending; “Statues have been cut in the funding provided by the district. When the schools are to be educated, it is important that everyone receives towards academics and teacher support that can make academic excellence. Administrative costs should be reduced as much as possible.”
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