Few people are as active in the school system as Kathy Goldenberg, vice president of the Moorestown Board of Education.
Goldenberg is active in the Home & School Association—serving as president from 2005-2007—and the Moorestown Education Foundation, serves on multiple committees, including the curriculum committee and budget and finance (which she chairs), and is the board’s liaison to the Garden State Coalition of Schools.
She and her husband moved to Moorestown in 1992 specifically for the schools, and their two children came up through the system from kindergarten through graduation.
“I feel pretty strongly about the schools and what they bring to our community,” said Goldenberg, who is seeking a third term on the board. "The better our schools are ... the more solid citizens we're bringing and raising."
Goldenberg said she’s proud of the board’s fiscal resume over the last several years.
“It’s a reality that we have to be oh so careful with every dollar we have,” she said. “With limited financial resources, we have managed them very wisely and respectfully, and continued with our educational excellence.”
Goldenberg pointed out how the board has been able to beef up technology in the classroom, while also maintaining and, in some cases, improving on programs and academic and athletic extracurriculars without having to take drastic measures, such as instituting pay-to-play fees.
“A lot of districts .. had to discontinue some of those things,” she said. “We were wise enough to figure out ways to keep them going.”
“A student who’s engaged is going to make good choices,” she added.
Goldenberg said she’d like to see the district explore corporate and community sponsorships to create more internship opportunities for students.
“It’s an opportunity for students to see more than just our classrooms,” she said. “They’re going to be out in the world … so why not bring as much information to them as possible?”
Goldenberg is seeking one of three open school board seats, alongside candidates Al Panzarella, Kimberly Kersey and Joe Ruccolo, as well as fellow incumbent Matt Simeone.
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