Valerie Jones-Rabb is running in the Appoquinimink Board of Education.
How long have you lived in the Appoquinimink School District? Two years
Where do you live in the district? Middletown
Education: M.Ed. curriculum and instruction, B.S. in political science/social psychology, certified paralegal
Career: I have 15 years as a corporate executive, and 10 years in the field of education with the Winslow Township School District, Atco, N.J. Currently public information officer/administrative assistant
Family: I am married to a wonderfully supportive husband, Michael Rabb. I have a beautifully ambitious 16-year-old daughter Miesha Rabb and, an actively motivated 13year-old skateboarding/baseball player son Rudy Rabb.
How many children do you have enrolled in Appoquinimink School District and what schools do they attend? I have two children attending Appoquinmink School District at Middletown High and Redding Middle
Why do you want to be elected to the Appoquinimink Board of Education? The qualities that I will bring to this school broad are experience, honesty, and integrity. As an educator/administrator, I want to see children succeed. I would like to be a voice for the people in order to open up the communication lines between our school and community. I have served in education for more than 10 years, and I have a unique understanding of policy and procedures of a school district of this size. If elected some of the things I hope to accomplish include improving the board’s accountability, at the same time providing support to the administration. I would also like to help parents become more involved in all facets of their children’s education. I want to be a part of the decision making process and be that voice for the community. I can make a serious contribution to the district.
What do you see as the biggest challenge in this position? We have a fabulous school district, however my guess is that one major challenge would be passing referendums as the district begins to grow.
What are your thoughts on how to handle the area’s growth when it comes to the schools? With both a business and education background, I am uniquely qualified to serve both the students in the district, as well as my fellow taxpayers through providing them with knowledge as it relates to the growing school district.
With projected reductions in state funding, how would you limit the effect on quality education for students in the district? I can not make an informed decision about precisely where cuts can be made, however I will work collaboratively with the board and administration to come up with the best possible solutions.
What do you want the district to be like in five years when your term is completed? In five years, I would like to see a significant increase in the districts state standardized test scores.