OPINION: Teacher Makes Case For Manchester Board Of Ed.

My name is Bryan Jenner and I am proud to be a candidate for the Manchester Township Board of Education. I have been in education all of my life, both as a student and as an educator. I received my Bachelor of Music Education degree from the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam in 1985. I received my Master of Education degree, with a concentration in Curriculum Development in 2013 from Monmouth University.

I started teaching in 1985 on Long Island and came to New Jersey to teach in February of 1989. I taught until June of 2017 when I retired as an elementary music teacher with the South Amboy Public Schools. In 2009, I became the Director of Pep Band and Instrumental Ensembles at Monmouth University and an adjunct professor within the music and theatre arts department. In 2017, I transferred to the School of Education to become a Clinical Faculty Supervisor in Music Education where I now supervise clinical practice students, formerly called student teachers, throughout the state of New Jersey for Monmouth University.

I moved to Manchester in 2003 and my oldest son Christopher is a 2010 graduate of Manchester Township High School. My younger son Kevin is scheduled to graduate in 2020 from MTHS.

One of the most important things in the life of any community is its schools. We in Manchester need to provide the very best educational programs for our children. We need to provide a safe and secure learning environment and we need to prepare our students for a life in the 21st century whereupon they are creative, innovative, critical thinkers and can work collaboratively in the exploration of their curiosity. We must be fiscally responsible by adhering to the most efficient, yet thorough budget and we must explore alternative financing solutions so as to not over burden our residents with exorbitant school taxes and petition the State of New Jersey to explore and re-evaluate the current school funding formula as it relates to state aid. We should continue to explore the opportunity to share additional resources with our neighbors and we should support our educators who are entrusted with instructing the children of our community.

While every candidate wants what is best for our school district, I feel you should look at the people who will best represent the interests of our district and township over the next three years and those that have the experience in the area of education and educational programs. Should I be elected, I look forward to becoming an active participant as a member of the Board of Education and making sure that we afford our students every opportunity to succeed and support our educators who are tasked to work with and mold the minds of our most precious commodities, our children. I hope to have Manchester be the model that other districts aspire towards in providing the best education available, while also being fiscally responsible to our community and its citizens. Thank you.


Bryan H. Jenner


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