Six Lawrence Township school board candidates to participate in public forum

Scott Jacobs

Six candidates for three open seats on the Lawrence Township Public Schools Board of Education, along with the sole candidate for an unexpired term, will make their case for election at a candidates night forum on Oct. 24 at the Lawrence Township Municipal Building.

The form, which starts at 7 p.m., will be held in the lower level conference room. It is being sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lawrence Township.

The candidates night forum will feature the six candidates – Heather Camp, Jonathan Dauber, Pepper Evans, Michelle King, Cathy LeCompte and Adena Romeo-Ratliff.

Each candidate will offer an opening statement, and then all six will take questions from the League of Women Voters of Lawrence Township and attendees. They will make closing remarks, as well.

Dauber, Evans, King and LeCompte are incumbent school board members. Camp and Romeo-Ratliff have not served on the school board. LeCompte is seeking the unexpired term, and the other candidates are competing for the three open seats.

Camp has lived in Lawrence Township for six years. She has one child enrolled in the school district.

Camp has worked for 20 years in the nonprofit and higher education fields, most recently as the director of Community Engaged Learning at The College of New Jersey. She is now working in a financial advising office.

Dauber, who has lived in Lawrence Township for seven years, has two children who are enrolled in the public school district.

Dauber is the principal at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North in the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District. He is a former administrator in the Lawrence public school district, having served as Lawrence High School principal and in other administrative posts in the district.

Evans has lived in Lawrence Township since the 1980s. Her daughters are graduates of Lawrence High School.

Evans is the assistant to the president at the Silver Century Foundation. She also works as an independent consultant, helping adults to stay in their own homes.

King is a 21-year resident of Lawrence Township. She is an adjunct professor in the School of Education at The College of New Jersey.

King’s five daughters attended Catholic parochial schools in grades K-8. Three of her daughters graduated from The Pennington School and two of her daughters are currently enrolled at the private school, which has a strong connection to the Methodist church.

LeCompte has lived in Lawrence Township for 21 years. Her sons graduated from Lawrence High School.

LeCompte is a marketing graphic designer.

Romeo-Ratliff is a lifelong Lawrence Township resident and a graduate of Lawrence High School. She is a full-time nursing educator at Mercer County Community College.

Romeo-Ratliff has three children, one of whom is enrolled in the public school district. The other two children have been placed by the district in schools outside of the district because of the lack of available programming.

The six candidates will field questions from the League of Women Voters of Lawrence Township and attendees at a candidates night forum on Oct. 24 at the Lawrence Township Municipal Building.