City Council President and mayoral candidate Sharon Ashe-Nadrowski has released her team’s plans to address the “schools” issues in Bayonne.
“As ‘Solution Sunday’ continues week after week, residents have a better understanding of what my administration will do to address the issues that affect them and those we face as a community in Bayonne today,” Ashe- Nadrowski.
The move is part of his “Solution Sunday” series, in which Ashe-Nadrowski offers different solutions to the problems Bayonne faces ahead of the May 10 municipal elections. The Sunday, April 17 iteration was about “schools” issues.
“One of the most valuable things for a community is its school system. In fact, when people are looking to invest in a neighborhood – whether with a small business or a new home – they often look to the quality and integrity of the local school system before doing any further research or s ‘engage in personal negotiations,’ she said. .
“In the case of Bayonne, although the mayor and the city government more generally cannot and do not directly oversee the operations of the Bayonne School District, there are some things the city can do to help ensure the district remains in the best position to instill a quality education in our children and maximize the overall value of the community.”
Advocacy for new schools and renovations
Ashe-Nadrowski said it’s important to consider schools when redeveloping.
“Last week I mentioned that there needed to be a voice in the room that puts Bayonne’s needs first. The reality is that Bayonne’s needs include school funding – school funding that we have and the school funding we need.
According to Ashe-Nadrowski, she would ensure that redevelopers contribute to school renovations or the construction of new facilities.
“Under a Nadrowski administration, that means negotiating PILOT agreements and advocating for offsite infrastructure improvements to build new schools and improve those that are currently past their useful life,” she said. “It’s not just what teachers, staff and students need; it is also what the laborious taxpayers of Bayonne deserve. Local taxpayers should not bear this burden alone. We should look to the new stressors of our education system for equitable relief from the problems we face today, including our aging and inadequate school facilities.
Open lines of communication with BBOE
Ashe-Nadrowski also stressed the need for greater cooperation between the city and the Rectorate of Bayonne.
“The Rectorate of Bayonne and the Board of Directors of the City of Bayonne are two independent entities, she specifies. “They stand alone, but they should never stand alone. Over the past four years in particular, the lack of communication between the municipal administration and the school district has been problematic. »
According to his plan, Ashe-Nadrowski calls for a number of public meetings between the two entities throughout the year.
“Under a Nadrowski administration, the city would take a different approach to its relationship with the school district,” she said. “The city and the district are the two halves of the whole community, and we should start acting that way. My proposal is to organize public meetings several times a year.
According to Ashe-Nadrowski, these meetings will include the mayor, Bayonne city council members and Bayonne school board members, with the goal of sharing information, ideas and priorities.
“There may be situations where the City can help the school district with resources, funding and planning — but we’ll never know if we don’t communicate,” she said. “This is a tragedy that can easily be avoided with open communication. Regular meetings and conversations like these are not designed to dictate policy or usurp authority; rather, they are intended to help share ideas and establish an open, transparent and respectful communication platform.
The “Solution Sunday” series continues
Every Sunday from now until Election Day on May 10, the Nadrowski campaign has said it will provide concrete solutions to the problems facing Bayonne. Previous episodes of the campaign’s “Sunday of Solutions” series include: “Open and Transparent Government”, “Redevelopment”, “Quality of Life” and “Affordability”.
Ashe-Nadrowski and his council slate will face incumbent Mayor James Davis and his slate, and mayoral candidate Dr. Mitchell Brown on May 10.
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