Election 2022: Southern Board Of Education Candidate Kevin C. Lyons | #Education

STAFFORD, NJ — Next month, Stafford voters will head to the polls to elect local and state officials. Patch has reached out to candidates to answer profiles on their campaigns. Here is a profile from a Southern Regional Board of Education candidate.

Editor’s Note: Patch sent out emails to all candidates to the email addresses listed for their campaign provided to the office of the clerk. The responses received will be published between now and the Nov. 8 general election. These responses will be published edited only for style. Candidates who would like to participate but did not receive one (for whatever reason) can contact veronica.flesher@patch.com.

Name: Kevin C. Lyons

Age: 53

Education:1987 Graduate of Southern Regional, B.A. Criminal Justice Stockton University 2005

Occupation: Retired Police Officer, Director of Member Benefits, New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association

Family: Married to wife Debbie for 31 years Children: Maura, Richard, Maggie (d. 1998), Kevin Jr., Kiera all graduates of Southern Regional !

Previous public office experience:

Southern Regional Board of Education Since 1998 Past President and Vice President as recently as last year.

Commissioner, NJ Police Training Commission since 2004

Member and Past Chair, NJ State Health Benefits Design Committee since 2012.

Why are you running for this position?

In 1998, when I was first elected, the Southern Board was in chaos. Along with fellow newly elected board members, we brought order to the board and became an example to our students. We need to maintain that in this uncertain time. I want to continue to keep our schools safe, make sure that Southern reflects the values of our community, keep Critical race theory out of school and protect our parent’s rights to oversee and participate in their children’s education. I also want to continue Southern’s progress in academics and extracurricular activities under a responsible budget.

What separates you from the other candidates?

Experience, Leadership and understanding of our community’s values. I am the only conservative candidate in Stafford for Southern Regional. I understand the mechanics of a school district, public sector budgeting and am extremely well versed in school safety through my career and education in law enforcement. As Board President during the Covid crisis I worked with parents, staff and our Board to keep Southern open more than any other District in the region.

My opponent turned down the presidency of his board while he was the sitting vice president during a tumultuous time. Southern is not only special to me as a part of my home and family but as a model for excellence in education. I have a proven track record of taking on issues such as masking and vaccine mandates and am not afraid to call out the highest levels of government, most recently on the mismanagement of the health benefits program by the Murphy administration. I don’t run from problems I tackle them.

What do you think is the most pressing issue in the school district and how do you intend to address it?

School Security. I was able to work with our local police department 20 years ago to make sure we always had police officers in the schools and continue that work to this day by constantly reviewing, along with the outstanding members of the Stafford Township Police Department, our plans to make sure our children can learn in the safest environment possible.

What is your stance on the sexual education curriculum that Gov. Murphy put forth earlier this year?

I am opposed to the overreach in this curriculum and any other curriculum that the Murphy administration tries to force into our schools that take a parent’s ability away to teach sensitive topics in the home.

What other issues do you feel must be tackled in your school district that have not been discussed already and how would you tackle these?

We always want our level of education to be the best that it can, and I want it to be better. I want to continue to provide our outstanding staff the tools they need to enhance education and drive up our test scores. I also want to keep our budget at a responsible level continuing our trend of being under the cap for the past 5 years.

Is there anything else you would like voters to know?

I have tried to live my life in service to those around me. Whether as a law enforcement officer, coach, member of community organizations and volunteer, I am dedicated to giving back to the community that raised me. Being a member of the Board is not a steppingstone for me and I pledge to serve in continued service to the parents and kids of Southern.

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