HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – The Hillsborough Township School Board has four candidates vying for three seats in the upcoming November 2 election.
Allison Laning-Beder is one of the candidates in the running. Other candidates include:
- Jason R. Albanian
- Allison Laning-Beder
- Krzysztof Golas
- Elaine jackson
All the candidates stand for the three three-year seats on the board of directors.
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Name: Allison Laning-Beder
Town of residence : Hillsborough
Job sought : Hillsborough Township School Board
Family: Married, mother of 3 and our dog Winnie
Education: BA from New York University and MA in Elementary Education from Rutgers University
Occupation: Former New Jersey Public School teacher and current full-time parent.
Previous or current elected function: Nothing.
Why are you looking to run for the school board? I had the urge to apply for a seat on the Hillsborough Township School Board to advocate for improved mental health services for students, especially in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I hope to use my classroom experience, my training as an educator, and my experience as a parent to help improve our schools and advocate for new mental health resources to support our students, teachers and staff then. that they are grappling with the challenges posed. following the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
What is your position on masks in schools? I expect the issue of masking in schools to be dictated by the state government, but if it becomes a local school board issue, I will look to the CDC, the American Academy of Pediatrics and d ‘other public health experts also respected for advice to protect our school community from COVID-19. As a parent, I trust the pediatrician in our family to make recommendations on the health of my children, and I trust the Academy of Pediatrics to make recommendations on the health of students in school. Right now, these expert resources all recommend universal masking in schools.
Should schools offer a virtual option? Virtual and hybrid education presented incredible challenges for students, families and teachers. Similar to the masquerading policy, I would expect the issue of virtual education to be primarily dictated by the state government during the pandemic. However, if this becomes a local issue, I would seek to limit the use of virtual education as a last resort only if the district is unable to keep students and staff reasonably safe for in-person instruction. .
However, I support providing a limited virtual option for students who need to quarantine at home or stay sick during the pandemic to allow students to complete the program.
What other issues do you think need to be addressed in the school district? I am a teacher and parent first, but I am also a middle class taxpayer with three children. We cannot solve all the problems in our schools by spending more money and raising taxes. The school board needs to be creative and make sure we spend our tax dollars wisely. If elected, I will seek to increase school revenues through government and private grants, achieve budget savings in areas that do not impact classroom or student extracurricular activities, and advocate for that wealthy developers pay the costs that residential development imposes on our schools.
What sets you apart from difficult candidates? Rather than discussing other candidates, I would prefer to present my own qualifications to serve on the school board. I am a career educator with over 10 years of classroom teaching experience. I have a BA from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and an MA in Education from Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. This training and educational experience is needed by the board to oversee the development of school policy and ensure that the administration is focused on providing the best possible education for our students.
I have lived in Hillsborough Township for 13 years with my husband Adam and our three children, who attend all public schools in Hillsborough Township. I also volunteer as president of the Hillsborough High School Choir Parents Association.
What else would you like to share about yourself or your campaign? I recognize that a successful school district involves listening to the perspectives of all stakeholders, including students, families, residents, employers, teachers and staff. The education council has been criticized for its poor communication and transparency with these stakeholders, which has caused confusion, frustration and mistrust. Once elected, I will strive to improve board communication and accountability in an environment where speech is conducted in a respectful manner. While disagreements are inevitable, we must remember that we are all working towards a successful and supportive learning environment for all of our children.