Meet the 2020 Newark School Board Candidates

The Newark Board of Education election on Tuesday, May 12th will decide three open seats on the nine-member Board of Education.
Here you have the opportunity to get to know the candidates hoping to serve our schools and our community. You will find the following information on each candidate's profile page where provided:

  • Biography
  • Recorded Interview
  • Forum Question Responses

Hasani Council-A2

Josephine Garcia-A1

Flohisha Hill (Johnson)-A3


Ronnie Kellam-A4

Sheila Montague-A6

Phillip Wilson-A5


Candidate Biographies

In the interest of respecting the thoughts and language of each candidate, biographies have only been edited for length.


Recorded Interviews

Candidates were asked the following three questions during live interviews, which were captured on video and via written response for those unavailable for an interview. 

Q1: Members of the Newark Board of Education make decisions that guide the public school system. Please describe your process for decision-making, especially when working on a team of individuals with multiple points of view. 

Q2: What is your top priority to address during your three-year term if elected? 

Q3: What is the biggest challenge facing the young people of Newark today? 


Forum Question Responses

The Newark Trust for Education remains committed to delivering you the information needed to make an informed vote on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. To ensure this we have asked each candidate to submit written responses to the forum questions included on each candidate's profile page. 

We would like to acknowledge the contributions of the seven students who collectively participated in two sessions during which they discussed their concerns for public education in Newark and identified questions they would want to ask candidate. Thank you to the following students who represent several Newark High Schools and the following organizations: ALI Youth Media Symposium, Sadie Nash Leadership Project, and SHE Wins Inc.

Alejah Dimanene (Bard High School Early College)
Jabari Dodson
(University High School)
Daniel Geno
(Malcom X Shabazz High School)
Ahyannah Gordon El
(Bard High School Early College)
Al Jameir Harmon
(Technology High School)
Fatima Jawneh
(American History High School)
Saniyah Nobles-Fared
(Arts High School)
Vilma Rodriguez
(Technology High School)



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  • Newark Trust
    published this page in Campaign Central 2020-03-01 17:17:19 -0500
  • Avram Rips
    commented 2019-03-25 18:29:15 -0400
    Where and what time?
  • Thomas Woodard
    commented 2019-03-24 07:28:21 -0400
    I have so many teachers friends who are spending their own money for books to to teach in the Newark! So what are you folks going to do about that, it’s not the teachers job to purchase books, why are they making copies from books as well, this is ridiculous! We want people who is going to fight for these skids education, no like some I have seen previously just don’t care and its about a check and if these people are running make sure everyone of their kids goes to a school in Newark as well, we did it with the police office making them move to Newark! They believe in the schools are being ran correctly then make sure your kids are in the same program as the others that’s from here that NOt really given a chance! This education system need to work for children future, not aligning our pockets! The urban cities always get less but pay the same taxes if not more than the privileged, this needs to change immediately, I will challenge everyone of you to fights good fight, to get what our school systems needs not want!


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