Jennifer Rosen is looking forward to fulfilling her campaign promises when she takes a seat on the Briarcliff Board of Education in July.
The stay-at-home mother promised voters she would work to bring more community input into the schools budget process and to ensure smooth transitions from elementary to middle to high schools by hiring a Director of Curriculum.
"This year the board came up with a number, $48.4 million, and said we have to get to that number," Rosen said. "Prior boards would look at the budget from bottom up and ask the principal to speak with the committee for the school budget."
Rosen said she would like to bring back a positive relationship between the Board of Education and the community by inviting school principals back for input. She would also like to see that students have good continuity of education when transitioning from one school to another.
"The board members have lobbied hard to get a director of curriculum put into the budget," she said. "It has been in the budget for two years, but the position isn't filled. I would like to see that position filled."
Rosen has a long history of volunteering with Briarcliff's schools and Board of Education. She has four children in the school system: one in 11th grade, one in 9th grade, one in 7th grade and one in 4th grade.
Rosen started her volunteer work in education at the Todd Elementary School. The school has a "popcorn factory" week where students from one grade borrow a small amount of money from a banker to buy popcorn supplies, then pop popcorn from kernels throughout the week to sell to other students and teachers.
At the end of the week, the students repay the banker the money he lent them using money earned from their sales.
"I usually volunteered to help them sell popcorn," Rosen said.
The mother of four said she has seen the impact that volunteering has on not only her children, but on all the children in the school district.
Before leaving her career to take care of her children, Rosen was a financial controller and compliance officer for Citigroup for 16 years, and an auditor for Touche Ross & Company for three years.
Aside from volunteering in schools, Rosen also volunteered to be a member of the Board of Education's audit and curriculum enrichment committees.
Rosen got 969 votes on the May 17th Board of Education election day, beating opponents John Gangi and Mike Vallenti by wide margins.
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