Richard Alexander, candidate for Roxbury Board of Education
Oct. 24, 2013 7:50 PM |
NAME: Richard Alexander
PARTY AFFILIATION: Not Applicable. Non-partisan position.
OFFICE FOR WHICH YOU ARE A CANDIDATE: Roxbury Board of Education
1. What professional and/or personal experience do you feel is most relevant to the position you are seeking?
Answer 1: My wife and I are 21 year residents of Roxbury. My three daughters are products of the Roxbury education system, with one in HS and two attending TCNJ and The University of Pennsylvania respectively. I have had a lifelong volunteer commitment to youth, community and education efforts.
I hold an MBA in Finance from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a BS in Computer Information Systems with a Minor in Accounting from Manhattan College. I am a Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame inductee and competed in the 1980 U.S Olympic Track and Field Trials.
Professionally, I am Director of Product Management for a large technology support and protection firm responsible for mobile and in-home technical support services. I have been engaged in all phases of product lifecycle, P&L and contract management during my 30+ year business career holding positions such as Market Segment Leader, International Product Director, Multicultural Operations Director, and Training & Support Director.
• Head Coach – Roxbury Recreation Track and Field Program (7 yrs.)
• Recreation Basketball Coach (3 yrs.)
• Religious Education Board Member & Parish Council finance liaison – St. Elizabeth Church (5 yrs.)
• 5th Grade Religious Education Teacher – St. Elizabeth Church (7 yrs.)
2. If you are an incumbent, of what achievements are you most proud during your time in office? If you are a challenger, why have you chosen to run?
Answer 2: I am passionate about Roxbury and developing all our children to the best of their ability. I will consider the needs of a broad group of individuals and the second and third order effects of decisions that impact a range of factors across education and the community.
I come from a business environment where the core values of teamwork, driving results, acting with integrity and delivering service excellence guide our daily actions. This also means we recognize and reward achievement while looking to the next performance milestone. I believe I can apply my skills and community understanding to instill a sense of teamwork and shared accountability in achieving our goals.
3. Please identify the one or two issues you see as most important in this race and summarize your goals in relation to these issues.
Answer 3: Roxbury has made tremendous strides recently by improving its position as one of the Top 100 High Schools in NJ and making significant improvements to infrastructure and technology connectivity while maintaining low administrative costs, with tax increases below the state mandates 2% cap the last two years.
Challenges over the 3 – 5 year horizon include:
• Instituting support structures for teacher evaluation and providing educational tools, across all grade levels, to insure our student population is prepared for an environment where critical thinking skills are paramount and technology based jobs are now in the majority.
• Guaranteeing there is a focus on communications to insure our families are aware of and take full advantage of all that the Roxbury Education System has to offer.
• Effectively managing costs and leveraging our assets during a period of reduced enrollment.
My goal and intent is to lead by example and I look to support innovation in our educational process. I will look to drive collaboration and innovation while leveraging my financial and product management background to continue to insure that fiscal responsibility and “customer” focus is in the fabric of our ongoing efforts.
4. What do you see as the biggest difference voters should consider between yourself and your opponent(s)?
Answer 4: I’m a strong proponent of open, honest, forthright communications and fact based discussion.
By way of example, other candidates affiliated with the TEAM slate have repeatedly quoted in public forums and to this Daily Record candidate profile in writing that a demographic study “projects 1,000 less students by 2016”. The publicly available study, which is a planning tool, estimated a 620 student decline district wide from 3,995 to 3,372 between 2011 and 2016. The decline is currently running 30% below projections as of the 2013 school year, which would extrapolate to a 480 student decline by 2016 – not 1000. The Capital reserve transfer Mrs. Day quotes of 2.4 million is clearly indicated in the School Budget available online as 1.5 Million. We cannot effectively engage in a decision process and solve for challenging issues unless we are forthright with each other and the community in accurately representing the challenges we must address.
I believe my strength is in my ability to work collaboratively on complex issues and develop and implement solutions that drive measurable success.
I have been endorsed by the Roxbury CARE organization and The Roxbury Register along with Theresa D’Agostino and Carol Scheneck and look forward to serving the community with integrity. Vote ballot positions #1, #4 and #5 on November 5th.
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