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John Connors: Full-Term Incumbent Candidate for Rumson BOE

At the end of his his first term on the Rumson Board of Education, John Connors is now seeking his second.

Name, age and address: John Connors, 21 Circle Drive

Occupation and educational background:

I am a board certified sports podiatrist with a private practice in New York City and Little Silver; medical school in Chicago; residency in New York City; sports medicine fellowship, New York City.  

Affiliations: member of Holy Cross Church; member of Navesink Country Club, serving on the Junior Program and Long Range Planning committees; medical staff, Riverview Medical Center; doctor for track and field London Olympics 2012 summer games

Have you ever held a position on a school board, here or elsewhere, and,if so, for how long and when?

I am a current member of the Rumson Board of Education, seeking election to my second term.

How many years have you lived in Rumson and how many children, if any, (include ages) do you have in the district schools?

Children: Juliana (age 9), fourth grade at Forrestdale; John Francis (age 7), second grade at Deane-Porter; and Bianca (age 3), pre-school. 

• What was your impetus for running for a seat on the BOE?

As a concerned parent I want be involved and make sure our children receive the best education possible.

As an experienced board member, I have had the opportunity to work with a wonderful group of people who currently serve as board members. Working with the administration and the teachers has been an invaluable experience.

What do you feel makes you uniquely qualified for this position?

I have had the opportunity to work on different committees and have been exposed to a variety of issues pertaining to our school system. Our current board members work very well together and we get things done.

We all have one goal in common — our children.

What do you feel is the primary issue the board is faced with and how, specifically, would you address that issue should you be elected?

I believe the primary issue facing our district is the advancement of our school curriculum. Not all children learn the same way. 

We as a board have worked very hard with the administration and the teachers to identify this and change the curriculum accordingly.

The board has been accused of not being transparent enough. Do you feel that is true or not? If so, why or why not and how would you remedy the complaint?

Because of local and state policies, we as a board often times cannot openly communicate with the public on certain issues. I encourage more people of the community to get involved and attend monthly board meetings.   

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