Randolph Welcomes New Board of Education Member | #Education

RANDOLPH, NJ- Vernetha Hope Powell was sworn in virtually on October 2 and will begin her service on the Board of Education this evening.

Mrs. Powell and her husband, Corey, have lived in Randolph since 2015 and have four children. Yasmine, is a graduate of Pepperdine University; Mason, is a 2019 RHS graduate and current Rutgers University student; Austin is in the 7th grade at RMS; and Zoë is in the 2nd grade at Fernbrook Elementary School.

Mrs. Powell earned her Bachelor’s from Montclair State University and MBA from Devry University. Currently, Hope is a Senior Financial Analyst and Certified Research Administrator at Rutgers University. When she is not working and spending time with her family, she supports community efforts through her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

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“In my previous district, I served as a PTA President and attended the town’s board of education meetings. Since moving to Randolph, I have stayed connected by reading school newsletters and board reports,” Mrs. Powell said. “With the emergence of COVID-19 and its immediate impact on our daily lives, I began to look closely at the district’s plan to maintain academic rigor and general safety measures through constant changes.

Like all Randolph parents, I had to quickly adjust my 1st and 6th graders to a virtual learning environment. Through a strong partnership with teachers and principals, the kids were able to stay mostly engaged during this process. While I tried my best to replicate the school’s learning environment, it was impossible to provide them with the same level of support and guidance essential for their educational and emotional development. As I navigated through the new normal with them, I knew it would be critically important to build an even stronger collaboration with the schools and have access to resources that promote and stimulate their continued engagement in a different setting. Active participation in the planning process, by all stakeholders, is both necessary and required for the district to stay academically, emotionally, and mentally healthy.

As one Randolph community, we will share ideas and resources, encourage open communication, and remain transparent to move Randolph forward, even in these unprecedented times.”

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