OPINION: Why I’m Running

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By Marty Murray

I’m running for School Board for one reason: to create a safe and productive learning environment for each of Carteret’s children.

I’ve spent 18 years as a police officer in Jersey City, and during that time, I’ve witnessed the vital role that safety plays in creating an atmosphere of consistency and stability. This feeling of security is absolutely critical as we seek to build a school system that gives our kids a competitive edge in today’s world.

As a School Board member since 2006, I’ve made it a priority to increase the standard of safety in our schools to keep pace with an increasingly dangerous world. Over the past few years, we’ve made a lot of improvements; from upgrading to digitalized security systems to enabling Carteret Police Department access to our video monitors. However, there’s still more we plan to do, such as replacing keys with card access for classroom doors and providing all teachers with anti-bullying training, measures that are necessary for the continued protection of our children.

Ensuring student safety is fundamental, but it’s just the first step. As President of the Carteret Little League and coach for numerous baseball, softball, soccer, and football teams, I’ve seen firsthand the power of involvement in sports and extracurricular activities. Countless doors have been opened to these students who were given the opportunity to go the extra mile, and we, as a School Board, must continue to encourage them in their endeavors.

But we can’t stop there.

Our kids deserve an education system that’s not only safe, but one that recognizes and utilizes the full potential of every student.

Our kids deserve a team on the School Board that’s fighting for them.

Our kids deserve ‘Better Schools and a Better Carteret.’


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