TOMS RIVER, NJ — When voters go to the polls Nov. 3, they will be asked to choose three people to serve on the Toms River Regional Board of Education.
There are nine people seeking those three seats, which are three-year terms on the board.
Patch asked each candidate to answer questions to give voters information about who they are and their stances on various issues. We are printing their responses in full, unedited except for spelling or punctuation.
Here are the answers from Daynne Glover, who is running under the Children First slogan. Her running mates are Rachel Remelgado and Michele Williams.
Previous elective office, if any:
Does anyone in your family work for the school district or in politics?
Master’s in Public Administration, Rutgers University
I have over 14 years working in nonprofit organizations that promote early childhood development. Currently I am a policy and outreach associate with Advocates for Children of New Jersey.
Why are you seeking a seat on the school board?
As a proud graduate of Toms River High School East, and as a mother of two young children who attend Toms River schools, I have firsthand experience with the quality and innovative education that our district has provided.
The combination of the state funding cuts and the COVID-19 pandemic will make this one of the most challenging years the district has seen. The board needs both representation from parents and expertise from professionals. I want to use my experience as a parent and my professional knowledge to help ensure our schools provide a quality education for all our children. I want to work with the community and board to hold the state accountable so that Toms River gets its fair share of state funding.
The single most pressing issue facing our school district is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
State funding cuts and the COVID-19 pandemic are the two most pressing issues that face our school district.
The state school funding formula has already cut $70 million in state aid from our school budget and the S2 legislation will result in further cuts to our state aid. This loss of funding impacts our children, teachers, staff and ultimately the taxpayers of Toms River. The school board needs an “all hands on deck” strategy to advocate for the restoration of this funding, which includes partnering with the school administration, local and county government, parents, teachers, businesses, and community-based organizations. We need to speak as one voice to the governor and state legislature, to demand the fair funding of our schools. I will continue to advocate for our schools, our children and our community.
Second, we must face the challenges of safely reopening our schools and the impact of the pandemic on education. As a board member, I will support the administration’s implementation of appropriate health and safety guidelines to ensure the safest environment for children, teachers and staff. I will engage the community, seek their input and include parents and community on committees so all voices can be heard.
What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking to serve on the school board seat?
I have a 14-year career in the field of early childhood development, working to improve the affordability, accessibility and quality of child care and preschool programs. I believe this is an important perspective to have on the Toms River school board. I have experience working as a preschool teacher, and with a nonprofit children’s services organization, and now as policy analyst for Advocates for Children of New Jersey.
I am also the parent of two children embarking on their educational experience in the Toms River Schools. I believe it is important to have a parental perspective on the board.
I am proud to be a member of the “Children First” ticket with Michele Williams and Rachel Remelgado who are both leaders, engaged community citizens, highly educated, professional women and are also parents.
Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.
I believe a learning environment and curriculum should be responsive to all the needs of our students — academic, social and emotional. This will give them the tools to succeed in school, careers and life.
I value public education and Toms River Regional Schools because of the robust co-curriculars and athletics that have been available to students. While I was a student in the Toms River Schools, I participated in the marching band and track team. This helped set the foundation for my successes in post-secondary education, and my career and as a productive citizen. Current and future students need the same opportunities.
What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you will be effective on the school board?
I have worked with local, state and federal policymakers on issues affecting children and their families. I have implemented services at the local level and have helped manage multi-million dollar contracts. In addition, I have received the following awards and recognitions: the NJ Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies Emerging Leader Award in 2014; Pi Alpha Alpha, the Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration; The College of Health and Human Development Honor Society and Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society.
What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
I am invested in supporting our community. My husband and I are both graduates of Toms River High School East and we recently recommitted to remaining in town. I am active in our community and have coached my daughter’s softball team for three seasons and look forward to more opportunities to support Toms River’s youth.
The best advice ever shared with me was:
In college a professor shared the poem with us, “Children Learn What They Live,” and I have applied that mindset when interacting with children while making decisions in my work. How children think, learn, remember and interact with society is based on their experiences. It is imperative that we live and act as models for our children.
This article originally appeared on the Toms River Patch