(BLOOMFIELD, New Jersey) — This election season, Bloomfield voters must choose among six candidates for the three open seats on the Board of Education. The slate of incumbents
Among the slate of candidates which includes three incumbents is Vincentian Nadeisha Greene, this is the first time Greene will be contesting.
Immigrating to Brooklyn from St. Vincent and the Grenadines at age 10, Greene and her family — which now includes two sons at Demarest Elementary School — moved to Bloomfield six years ago.
Greene is the director of operations at a charter school; her responsibilities include purchasing and finance, student recruitment, safety, facilities, compliance, and hiring and recruitment.
“My motivation to want to become a board member is so that I can advocate for equity for all children. I have worked in education for almost 10 years,” Greene told The Independent Press. “As a parent in the district, I am an active participant at HSA meetings, volunteer at school events, and support Start with Hello chalking initiatives.
In collaboration with two other Demarest parents, we created activities to teach children about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa during a school event. I’m a part of a new group called Voices for Equity in Education, which is part of a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Network to support the district’s stated DEI goals.”
Greene highlighted three issues that she thinks need to be addressed first: providing full-day, pre-kindergarten education; increasing diversity of district employees; and establishing meaningful afterschool programs and academic supports.
“The district should work to increase the diversity of our school faculty, staff and administration, because 73 percent of our student body are students of color, while 13 percent of our faculty are teachers of color. This goal can help to boost academic performance and foster positive perceptions among all children,” Greene said.”
“I bring to the board my recruitment and hiring experience. I have attended numerous hiring fairs and sat on the hiring committee to interview and hire qualified teachers. I have a relentless determination to do whatever it takes to help our students succeed. I make decisions in the best interest of students and align myself with the mission at hand. My platform not only brings equity to the forefront but also addresses diversity and inclusion, and benefits every child in the district.”
Greene said her professional experiences will benefit the entire community when it comes to the school district’s budget.
“Another skill set that will contribute to the effective operations of the board is my experience with supporting the annual budget,” Greene said. “In collaboration with school leaders, I work to monitor the budget, so we’re fiscally sound when purchasing supplies, curriculum and equipment. As a board member, I will play an essential role in ensuring the district puts through a fiscally sound budget. That means reviewing the budget carefully and making financial decisions that will translate into student achievement. If elected, I would help struggling local taxpayers by collaborating with the board and the administrators to ensure we’re targeting grants that can support the budget and families.”
The final day to vote in this election is Nov. 3 by 8 p.m. All residents should have received a mail-in ballot, which can be returned via the post, ballot boxes placed throughout the county or, as a last resort, in person at a resident’s polling place.