Warren Board Of Education Profile: Eric Winch

WARREN, NJ — Warren Township School Board has five candidates vying for three seats in the upcoming election on Nov. 3.

Eric D. Winch is one of the candidates running. The other candidates include Christian Bellmann, Todd Weinstein, David Brezee, and Laura Keller.

Lori Ruckstuhl-Clar is also running for one, one-year unexpired seat.

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Eric D. Winch

1. Why are running for Board of Education?

If working in higher education has taught me anything, it’s that education is one of the keys to a better life. We all want the best for our children, and while we can’t control the world around us, what we can do is make sure our children have all the tools they need to be successful and happy.

Today’s world has shown us that we have to be able to adjust and adapt to ever changing and unpredictable circumstances. All the decisions made by our schools now can have lasting impacts on our children in the future. The mission of any educational institution, whether they serve kindergarten or graduate students, is to ensure that those students succeed and that they receive the best education possible. Professionally, I am guided by that mission every day. As a member of the school board, I would be able to apply that mission to our children and ensure that they all, no matter their background or needs, receive the high-quality education they deserve.

2. What are your qualifications for this position?

I have worked in higher education for most of my professional life. I began my career as an attorney, but soon after that I transitioned into higher education. I have held various positions across 4- and 2-year institutions, both public and private, and am currently the Chief Information Officer at Union County College.

3. The single most pressing issue facing our school district is ____ and this is what I intend to do about it:

In my opinion, in both the short and long term, the COVID pandemic is going to be the biggest challenge we face as board members and parents. In the short term, the obvious issue of getting our children back in school safely full time while also maintaining safety for school staff is a monumental challenge. I know many parents, including myself, and teachers are struggling with this remote/hybrid learning environment, and our children are struggling to adapt as well. I believe it is crucial that students return to the classroom because there is no substitute for face to face instruction. I know in our current environment that is difficult, and I appreciate the health and safety concerns in-class instruction brings. At the college level schools are struggling with trying to bring students back and keep everyone safe, and that is no easy task. I’m not suggesting I have all the answers, but there must

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