The following is a press release from Charles Alberta, a candidate in the 2013 Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education election.
Charles Alberta announced his candidacy for the Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education this week. Alberta is a 13-year resident of West Caldwell and father of four, with three children currently in the district’s schools.
He is an involved parent and has worked with the administration of the individual schools and the district to provided feedback, offer suggestions, and volunteer his time. He now seeks a seat on the board to take a more active role in improving the educational experience of every student and family in the district.
While the district provides a quality education for its students, there is always room for improvement and Alberta sees maximizing classroom teaching time and providing more differentiation among students with different learning profiles as areas to focus on.
“We need to challenge those that excel and support those that struggle or have special needs," said Alberta. "It is important to give children an opportunity to learn at their own pace but challenge them to continually exceed their potential.“
Alberta supports the new programs the district has developed in recent years to emphasize real world skills and prepare students for further education and life beyond high school.
He sees technology as a key factor in developing some of these new programs and would like to work with the district as they update the technology plan. It is important to refresh outdated equipment and get current technologies into the hands of more students every day.
Our teachers are very adept and current with the latest academic trends, procedures and technologies but the transferral of learning only takes place in an environment that addresses both academic and social issues.
Alberta hopes to assist in further development of policies and procedures that will ensure students are afforded a safe, friendly, and gratifying environment to learn and grow. He hopes to bring the family back into the schools with more opportunities and activities that allow for interaction.
“We need to do everything possible to ensure that every student enters school with a smile on their face because it is a place they want to be and leaves with a smile because of all that they have accomplished," said Alberta.
Alberta has been an active volunteer in the community and church for much of his life. He currently coaches teams in several sports across multiple age groups in the Caldwell-West Caldwell recreation programs. He has also been a coach and clinic director in the C-WC Soccer Club. He participates in triathlons, running, cycling, and obstacle events each year in support of various charities.
Alberta has resided in Northern New Jersey his entire life. He attended Paramus Catholic High School and Manhattan College. He is the son of an educator. Alberta’s mother has been teaching for over 40 years and a grammar school principal for the past 20.
He currently works at Morgan Stanley as a vice president in the Infrastructure and Data Center Project Management group. He hopes to bring his experience managing multi-faceted projects under tight budget and schedule constraints as well as negotiating contracts and leases to the Board.
“I am an ambitious parent raising my hand and asking for the opportunity to represent this community on the Board of Education," said Alberta. "I will work actively to improve the educational experience for my own children as well as every other child and family in our district.
"My approach to service on the board will be from the perspective of a parent with a focus on all aspects of the learning environment. I will encourage more involvement and feedback from the families of this community so they can be heard.”
There are two two seats on the board up for grabs this November. Board members Rosanne Hansen and John King will seek reelection, and will be challenged by Dan Cipoletti, Marie Lanfrank and Alberta.
The five will be on the ballot on the Nov. 5 general election. Both seats carry three-year terms.