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Montgomery School Board Election

Posted September 2019

The Montgomery / Rocky Hill School District Board of Education is made up of nine seats. Elected members serve three-year terms. Each January, the board elects a new board president and vice president.

As described by the board of education website, "the board’s responsibilities include: setting and evaluating policy; establishing goals; overseeing that the district schools are well run by the administrators they have hired; and adopting a fiscally sound operating budget for the school district. Board members act on the superintendent’s recommendations, meet with civic groups, and receive input from parents, students, and community members."

Eight candidates will appear on the November 3 ballot. Seven are running for three three-year terms. One is running unopposed for the one unexpired one-year term left open by Minkyo Chenette in January. 

Candidates are listed below in alphabetical order.

Please click each link to read their profiles.

Ali Batliwala

Vice President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Belle Mead

Victoria "Cookie" Franco-Herman

Investments Coordinator, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Belle Mead 

Christina Harris (incumbent)

Stay-at-home mom

Belle Mead

Ranjana Rao (incumbent, vice president)

Senior Director, NIIT Technologies

Belle Mead

Biren Saraiya (incumbent)

Physician, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey


Patrick Todd (Running unopposed for one-year unexpired term)

Associate Director, Test Security, The College Board

Montgomery Township

Zelda Spence Wallace 

Educator, Plainfield School District

Belle Mead

Balaji Yegneswaran

Physician, Saint Peter's University Hospital

Belle Mead

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