Letter to the Editor: Integrity and fiscal responsibility

To the Editor:

As a Hopewell Valley Board of Education candidate, I would be honored to serve on the board of education and represent Hopewell Township. I am asking for your vote in November’s election.

We live in a district with an excellent school system. My knowledge and experience have prepared me to help make what is excellent, even better.  I am running with John Mason on a ticket of integrity and fiscal responsibility, because I know we can prioritize student achievement and enhance the quality of education we have all come to expect, while remaining fiscally responsible to the taxpayers.

I attended public schools from grades K-12 in New Jersey. After attending Duke University on a Navy ROTC scholarship and earning a degree in mechanical engineering, I served in the United States Navy for four years as a surface warfare officer, achieving the rank of lieutenant. I then earned my MBA in finance from Vanderbilt University.

I’ve spent over a decade as a finance executive and am currently CFO for a private company. Throughout my 20 years as a township resident, I have volunteered as a lacrosse and soccer coach, church treasurer, and member of the HVSA Board of Directors.

My wife, a former West Windsor public school teacher, and I raised two daughters that attended Hopewell schools. The youngest graduated last June. We have benefited from high-level academic and co-curricular offerings and appreciate Hopewell’s top-notch teachers.

If I serve in 2020, I’ll be the only member with the valuable perspective of having no students currently in the district, albeit with insight gained through previous experience as an active district parent. I expect to work collaboratively, consider all alternatives and act in an open, transparent manner. I look forward to meeting more township residents and listening to your points of view.

Bill Herbert