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. Below are the responses from incumbent Board Member Mary Ann Johnson.
Previous elective office, if any
Currently, on the Gloucester Township Board of Education for almost six years.
Does anyone in your family work for the school district or in politics?
My daughter-in-law teaches pre-school in our district at Chews Elementary and my son teaches Art at Timber Creek High School.
I attended Gloucester Catholic High School
Retired after 25 years working for the Gloucester Township Public Schools where I worked at Chews Elementary and then in the Special Education Department.
Why are you seeking a seat on the school board?
I am seeking re-election because I am proud of the things I have accomplished in my time on the Board and realize that there is still more that needs to be done.
The single most pressing issue facing ourschool district is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.
Pay to Play. I will vote my conscience to employ companies that are the best for the district rather than just ones that donate to political parties.
What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking to serve on the school board seat?
All I can state about myself is that I am independent, honest and trustworthy…..I have no political affiliation.
Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.
Education and safety for our students and being fiscally responsible to our taxpayers are my main concern for my platform. In the past I have helped to expand our Pre-School classes and extended our Kindergarten to a full-day. Provided Chromebooks to each of our middle school students issued at the beginning of the school year and additional computers have been placed in the second through fifth grade classrooms. Purchased interactive Smart Boards to help our teachers engage students in active learning. Introduced a new curriculum focusing on the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. In the process of installing vestibules in our schools for added security.
What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
My main position is that we have the best curriculum to give our students the best education and the tools for our teachers to implement it while still staying fiscally sound.
The best advice ever shared with me was
When it comes to the children, never back down especially when you know you are right.
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