- What is the single biggest challenge the school board faces other than the budget? How would you address and resolve that issue?
My most important goals were fiscal responsibility and insuring that the Board has a strong relationship with the community.Today, that relationship with the School Board and the Town Council is much improved and is, in fact, a “partnership.”This relationship will improve our ability to meet one of our greatest challenges which is increased enrollment.While the Board does not directly influence enrollment, we must be prepared when our enrollment exceeds our space limitations.
CANDIDATE NAME: Sue Gentile
Education: I’m a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of New York. I graduated from Pace University in Pleasantville, NY with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree and I majored in Public Accounting.
Experience: I’m an Alumni of Arthur Andersen, which was one of the world’s largest and most prestigious public accounting firms, have 15 years of professional experience (emphasis on SEC reporting) responsible for the Financial Presentation of companies with revenues of $50 Million to $4 Billion.
Community or volunteer activities: Volunteer religious education teacher here at St. Alphonsus and St. Mary’s in New Jersey (5th grade through high school students). Tutored written communications during my four years at Pace University which included working with dyslexic and English as a Second Language students.
1. How do you think teacher pay will change when the switch is made to a merit-based pay scale, and how will that change affect the contract with the teacher’s union?
My understanding of the new legislation is the merit-based pay scale will not impact existing union contracts, but will be incorporated into the new contracts. How those contracts are impacted is dependent upon how the school implements the new Teacher Evaluation legislation which goes into effect statewide during the 2012-2013 school year. This is a great opportunity for our School Corporation to be innovative and creative and to develop a program which could become the Gold Standard for other school districts.