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East Windsor Board of Education Profile: Jagruti Patel

EAST WINDSOR — A resident of East Windsor, Jagruti Patel is running for a seat on the school Board. She says that the current pandemic has posed a number of challenged for the school community, and as a Board member she plans to tackle the biggest one of them all first – training and equipping teachers to better handle the virtual mode of education.

Read below to learn more about Patel and her platform for the upcoming elections in East Windsor.

Name – Jagruti Patel

Age (as of Election Day) – 49

Position Sought –

East Windsor School Board member

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government? Yes – I worked for Federal Agency

Education –

B.S.in Accounting

Occupation –

Auditor for over 25 years

Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office –

Current – 17 years on East Windsor Planning Board

Why are you seeking elective office?

I am seeking elective office so I can contribute and provide new ideas to the East Windsor educational system.

The single most pressing issue facing our school district is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.

The biggest issue facing our schools is the COVID-19 pandemic and teaching and learning in the virtual world. We need to provide adequate training for all the teachers, provide technology devices to staff and students so they can teach or learn from anywhere and try to promote the most successful learning environment remotely.

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?

Bringing new ideas, promoting diversity and providing good education to all students in East Windsor township.

If you are a challenger, in what way has the current board or officeholder failed the community (or district or constituency).

We have to provide training for the teachers, provide technology so teachers can effectively do there job, provide more interactions between teachers and students in the remote environment.

Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.

Another issue facing our schools is lack of equal access for all. All students should have the appropriate resources in order to be successful. For example, there should be renovation of our schools with high-tech teaching rooms and labs for students. A third issue facing our schools is meeting the needs of our diverse population. We have to ensure all students are performing to their highest potential and are given them proper support to be successful.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?

My greatest accomplishments is adapting to changes in any environments in personal and professional life.

The best advice ever shared with me was:

Teamwork. If we all work together, we can achieve our goal of excellency in our schools.

What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?

I am very approachable and I will always listen to both side before addressing the issues and providing solutions.

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Windsor Board of Education names interim superintendent

Terrell Hill has been named Windsor’s interim schools superintendent.



a sign in front of a brick building: The Windsor Board of Education has named Terrell Hill as interim superintendent.


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The Windsor Board of Education has named Terrell Hill as interim superintendent.

He will take over for Craig Cooke, who is leaving to become schools superintendent in Madison. Cooke will leave in early November and Hill will assume his duties on Oct. 26, according to the Windsor Board of Education, which voted 8 to 1 to name him to the position earlier this week.

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Hill has served as assistant superintendent for human resources since 2014.

Hill, who lives in town, has had two children graduate from Windsor High School and a third is now a freshman there, said Friday that he plans to apply for the permanent position when the time comes.

“It’s a place that has burned its way into my heart,” he said. “This is my home.”

The board of education will conduct a national search for Cooke’s replacement. Cooke was assistant superintendent for human resources in Windsor for four years before becoming the interim superintendent in October 2013, when Jeffrey Villar left the district.

Cooke was chosen by the school board to be the superintendent in April 2014.

“Windsor Public Schools is beginning a new chapter with the appointment of Dr. Terrell Hill as interim superintendent. His credentials, familiarity and passion for the district makes him the responsible choice to lead us into the budget process, provide stability and manage all pandemic plans,” said Leonard Lockhart, president of the Windsor school board. “The board of education welcomes Dr. Hill as Interim superintendent and we look forward to working with him.”

Steven Goode can be reached at sgoode@courant.com.

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