We continue our Meet the Candidates series today with a profile of Dan Gaffney, who is running unopposed for a one-year term on the Board of Education.
Gaffney was appointed to the school board in August of this year to fill an unexpired term.
“I saw an advertisement and I always had some interest in it. So I applied, went for an interview with the Board of Education and I guess they liked what they heard.”
Gaffney is now seeking a one-year term on the board.
“Having been a resident of Cinnaminson for 22 years, I just thought is there something I can do to help make it better? I have two kids who went through the district and one who is a senior now. I thought it was a way to give back. I was impressed with the positive lines of communication between the board and superintendent. I constantly know what’s going on, which is really good. You are never left in the dark.”
Gaffney taught and worked as a school administrator for 33 years, including serving as principal of Maple Shade High School. He now teaches at the RCBC campus in Mount Laurel.
“I want to maintain the quality of education within the district. I often think of money and it’s always a tough one. The state is not giving us money. The federal government is not giving us money. I want to look at money, where it’s going and what we can do better. What can we do financially? Is there anyway to bring some money in to keep the quality of education?”
Gaffney spoke to what sets Cinnaminson apart from other school districts.
“The two things that I have seen are the quality of education. I can’t emphasize that enough. The other thing is we have very few problems in the district as compared to some of the other districts in the county and the state.”
When asked what the future holds for Gaffney after his one-year term expires, he had this to say:
“I’ve been retired now four years from teaching full-time. When the opportunity came up I wanted to see if I could help. I don’t know what the future will bring. I’m always open minded. If there is someone out there who the residents feel is better and should replace me, I have no problems with that. If we all stick together, we can continue to makes things better for the town.”
Gaffney spoke glowingly of the updates to not only the high school, but all the schools within the district.
“When I got appointed in August, we had a tour of the high school. I’m quite pleased. The high school is beautiful. The updates for our students with disabilities; the library elevator is wonderful. The new labs at the high school are beautiful. The security updates at all the schools were important. I’m very happy.”
Tomorrow we conclude our Meet the Candidates series for this year’s election with township council candidate Howard “Bud” Evans.
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