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Candidate Statement: Spring Addresses Weaknesses of Livingston Education System

Ronnie Spring

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 • 6:55am

LIVINGSTON, NJ - While LPS exposes students to a wide range of educational opportunities, we must never rest on our laurels.  The Board of Education and the LPS Administration must continue pursue educational opportunities in a proactive manner that is best for all children.

When we hired a new Superintendent, we encouraged him to work with our educational leaders and evaluate our academic programs.  As an important first step, Dr. Alfieri asked and the Board hired a new K-8 math supervisor, who, with our teachers, will identify concerns and thoroughly review and assess piloted math programs to ensure a superior math curriculum and instruction at the primary levels.

Over the past several years, LPS has created exemplary special education programs. These programs enable us to educate our students among their peers in their community schools. Rather than sending these children on long bus rides to other districts in which we do not have control of the curriculum, we are looking for more opportunities to build programs here to support their needs to the greatest extent possible.  All students have different strengths and challenges and we must ensure that we provide them with the best educational, social, and emotional opportunities for growth.  

As a school administrator and member of a statewide school safety task force, I know firsthand the challenges all school districts face in ensuring a safe learning environment for their students.  As such, LPS is continually assessing the safety of our students in an ever-changing world. Having a professional who is trained to evaluate current safety measures and who has knowledge of facility and operational issues, which are inexorably connected to safety, will allow us to adapt and improve safety to meet new challenges as they arise.

Please contact me or Leslie with any ideas or questions at rspring@livingston.org or lwinograd@livingston.org or visit us at our Facebook page at Spring and Winograd for Livingston Board of Education.

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