BOE CANDIDATE INFORMATION
There are six candidates running for three Scotch Plains seats on the SPF Board of Education during this election.
Early voting begins Oct. 23rd.
Candidates for SPF Board of Education (3 Scotch Plains seats, each for a 3-year term):
- Debora Brody (incumbent)
- Michael Gromek
- Karen Kulikowski (incumbent)
- Patch candidate statement
- Dr. David Levine
- Timothy J. Mehl
- Tonya Williams (incumbent)
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The LIVE recording of the SPF BOE Candidates Night virtual event with the SPF PTA Council and League of Women Voters via SPF BOE YouTube channel happened Tuesday, October 12th, 2021.
BOE CANDIDATES NIGHT DEBATE VIDEO
A lot was covered! The information is for each of us to use to make choices for a very important election that will directly affect every SPF student's educational experience, so we broke the video down for you by topic to make it easier to:
- Take notes
- Consider and fact check what you hear
- Compare it to the candidates' other interviews, online presence, work/voting record
Scotch Plains - Fanwood Board of Education Candidates Night
00:02:45 Video clip
00:14:17 Question #1 Video clip
What is your position on diversity training and initiatives for our educators and students?
00:18:38 Question #2 Video clip
How can the school district allow better transparency, communication and cooperation between administrators and families to allow for a more inclusive working environment?
00:26:42 Question #3 Video clip
Please speak to your thoughts about the district's technology -- both resources and programming -- and what improvements (if any) you’d advocate for.
00:31:30 Question #4 Video clip
How will you use your voice and seat to help address the learning loss all kids experienced while they were virtual or out of school? Be specific and give examples.
00:36:01 Question #5 Video clip
Given the growth that Scotch Plains and Fanwood will have with the incoming communities at Bowcraft and Parker, and considering the size of our schools, what is your plan and execution of the plan, of the cost to increase the size of the schools, how to meet the needs of the student population, and how will you work with the township mayors to address the concerns of traffic, taxes, etc.?
00:41:32 Question #6 Video clip
If you are committed to ensure all kids truly have equal opportunity, representation and inclusion in our school district, what experience, education, and/or training have you had or will you get to not only understand our diverse student body, particularly the individuals whose identities and experiences differ from your own, but how to get them what they need?
(Please note that “diverse student body” includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion/spirituality, nation of origin, physical ability, socioeconomic status, family dynamic, previous educational experience, IEP/504 Plan status, etc. of the students)
00:48:15 Question #7 Video clip
What steps do you feel the district should be taking to amke sure the staff reflects the diversity of the students?
00:52:22 Question #8 Video clip
What are the top two or three improvements/challenges that need to be addressed in the school district, and how will you contribute to implementing these changes as a board member?
00:58:33 Question #9 Video clip
What do you believe the top four priorities should be for the upcoming 2022-2025 Strategic Planning, and have you attended these sessions?
01:02:39 Video clip
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Thank you for being a part of the positive changes we want to see in our community!
The kids are counting on us. Let’s get REAL.