Five candidates are vying for two seats on the Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education that carry three-year terms on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Incumbent board members Rosanne Hansen and John King are seeking re-election, and are being challenged by Dan Cipoletti, Marie Lanfrank and Charles Alberta.
Every candidate was sent questions by the editor as part of The Caldwells Patch's Candidate Profile. Each candidate's response will be posted leading up to election day.
The following are the responses submitted by incumbent Rosanne Hansen.
Why are you running for a seat on the Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education?
Having served already 12 years on the school board, I feel that my job is not quite done yet.
We have a new administrative team who are facing many challenges in the near future. I feel my experience and knowledge of the issues, my understanding of school law, and my ability to work well with my fellow board members will be a real asset to meet these challenges in the immediate future.
What makes you qualified for the position?
I feel my prior service to the board along with the fact that I attended nearly every meeting of the board for 20 years prior to my first election makes me very qualified to retain my board seat.
What are the three biggest challenges facing the school district in your opinion?
The three biggest issues facing the board currently are student preparation and achievement on the new standardized testing, known as PARCC, that will commence in 2014-2015; the evaluation and tenuring of our teachers and administrators; and the improvement of our facilities and fields while maintaining good fiscal responsibility.
What school-related issues would you focus on if you were elected?I would focus my energy on student growth and performance and in providing our students with the technology courses, and all opportunities for their continued growth academically, athletically, and artistically so that each student graduates our district with the skills they need to be college and career ready, lifetime self-directed learners, critical and creative thinkers, and responsible, productive citizens.
What is the single-most important asset you can bring to the board if you were elected?I think my commitment to the children of the Caldwell-West Caldwell Schools is the single most important asset I bring to the board.
The fact that I have been volunteering my time and energy for the past 31 years in our schools and on the board for the past 12 years speaks to my concern and love for our children and my desire that all of our children receive the best educational opportunity we can provide for each child according to their individual needs.
It's really all about the kids.