South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education Candidates Statement: Avery Julien & Felisha George

The Village Green has invited the eight candidates for the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education to submit statements for publication, which we will run as we receive them. Election day is November 7, 2017. 

Recent Columbia High School graduates Felisha George and Avery Julien are running together for two of the three seats up for election this November 7 on the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education.

While other candidates forwarded written candidates statements, George, who graduated CHS Class of ’12, and Julien (Class of ’17), opted for a video.

In the video (posted below), Julien describes himself as feeling frustrated in the South Orange-Maplewood School District, saying that he left “feeling unprepared.” He is now a student at Rutgers-Newark.

George describes herself as feeling neglected, invisible and rushed at CHS.

While George credits senior year teachers for pushing her academically and “changing my life,” she also describes other teachers as saying she would never graduate.

Julien speaks of feeling that the rules and structures of the district were not there to benefit him.

Both say that their experience as students in the district is much needed on the Board of Education. Both express a need for improvements in administration.

Julien said he would put “students first” and bring greater “transparency, involvement and understanding.”

Said George, “The system is fighting against the students…. It’s time to change it. This is not helping.”

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