The following is a press release from Dan Cipoletti, a candidate in the 2013 Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education election.
Dan Cipoletti has announced
his platform as he runs for an open seat on the Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education this November.
Cipoletti, a West Caldwell resident of 20 years, said preparing children for life’s challenges and placing them in a position to succeed to the best of their abilities is among one of the most important issues facing the board.
“We should be doing everything we can to ensure that our kids have the finest education available," said Cipoletti. "As the father of two girls, I understand that improving our school rankings into the top 10 percent, and increasing the availability of advanced placement classes in our high schools will go a long way to achieving this goal.
“We need to ensure that our children can be competitive when graduating from our schools, whether they choose to continue their education, join the military or work in the private sector.”
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 65 percent of today’s grade school kids will end up at a job that does not exist today.
“We need to increase the technology and critical thinking skills within all grade levels to make sure that our kids are well equipped in the electronic age," he said.
Open communication between parents, teachers, the school board, and West Essex businesses is another point that Cipoletti will focus on in the coming months. Sharing resources between schools, libraries, local colleges and the community is part of the communication agenda.
“We are lucky enough to have excellent colleges and businesses within our community," said Cipoletti. "Why not take advantage of this by partnering up our kids with these institutions to increase their awareness of potential career choices?”
Finally, a commitment to fiscal responsibility for a cost effective path to achieve all of these goals is a must that Cipoletti will focus on if elected in November.
“Let’s use our tax dollars effectively to ensure that our kids have what they need to be successful in their lives," he said.
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 Cipoletti, Marie Lanfrank and Charles Alberta.
The five will be on the ballot on the Nov. 5 general election. Both seats carry three-year terms.