Read more at Hudson Reporter – Agreeing to disagree Candidates for school board take on tough questions:
Natalia Ioffe is a Jersey City mom with kids in the schools. Her background is mortgage banking, international finance. Over the last three years she has served as president and vice president of the Parent Teachers Association at Public School 16, where she also does volunteer work.
“I’m running for this board because I believe every child deserves an opportunity to best education possible,” she said. “We have the ability to give them this opportunity.”
What is good about the district and what would each work with the superintendent to change?
Ioffe said she would like to promote positive reinforcements, using the meetings to highlight parent and teacher achievements and the things done well at school.
She said meetings need to be more informative, more concise and shorter.
Handling the heavy workload:
Most of the candidates said they could handle the heavy workload they will have to deal with if elected, agreeing that being prepared will speed up meetings.
Union and other endorsements
Ioffe, who had no endorsements agreed. “An endorsement should not mean ownership,” she said. “Whatever the board does should be about the children.”
The Charter School issue:
Most agreed that parents should have a choice where to educate their kids, but some felt charter schools have an impact on the overall budget and affect the quality of education in the regular public schools. Personally, I believe that all schools deserve our support, as long as they are doing their job in preparing children for the future.
Building More Schools / Addressing overcrowding:
An in-depth look into the School District’s $673,000,000 BUDGET:
***I want to point out that, for all the controversy & drama about the JCBOE Budget it can be viewed online at JCBOE.org/Departments/Business & Finance. There are also budget meetings that the BOE holds (open to the public) where the District’s Business Administrator goes over the document in detail. -NI
Respect and Communication at the BOE: