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Dale Caldwell Named New Jersey School Board Member of the Year

September 20, 2009 01:17 AM

Dale Caldwell - PictureDale Caldwell, President of the Middlesex Regional Eductaional Services Commission (MRESC), has been named the New Jersey 2009 "Board Member of the Year" by the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA).

Congratulations Dale!

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September 9, 2009 732-777-9848 Ext. 3200

Dale Caldwell Named New Jersey School Board Member of the Year

PISCATAWAY--Dale Caldwell, President of the Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission (MRESC), has been named the New Jersey 2009 “Board Member of the Year” by the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA).

“This year, we received many nominations on behalf of highly qualified school board members throughout the state,” said NJSBA Executive Director Marie Bilik.

“In making their decision, the judges recognized [Mr. Caldwell’s] dedication, leadership and vision as a local school board member,” she said, adding that the selection was based upon an “independent panel” which reviewed the nominations.

Mr. Caldwell has served as the MRESC Board President since 2001, and is also a member of the New Brunswick Board of Education, where he has served for 11 years. His attraction to service on school boards has been his desire to make certain that schools continually reinforce the “school to work to life” connection.

“I always try and help people understand how important the work component is to having a satisfying life, but that the only way to really be successful at work is to begin with a strong education,” he said.

To help amplify his message, Mr. Caldwell recently wrote the book “School To Work To Success” which provides practical advice on finding a job and managing a career. He also used his commitment to education while serving as a member of Governor Corzine’s Public Education Transition Committee in 2006, where he convinced the new administration to put greater emphasis on improving the literacy rates of New Jersey public school students.

According to MRESC Superintendent of Schools Mark Finkelstein, Mr. Caldwell has a deep passion for being an effective school board member.

“Dale understands that board members never stop learning, and that the NJSBA is an incredible resource for those who take their board service seriously.”

Mr. Finkelstein said Mr. Caldwell’s efforts have resulted in the MRESC building several new schools without state funding, expanding autism and other programs for students with disabilities, and establishing a model partnership between board and staff members.

“The MRESC does not receive direct state funding yet has become the premier organization serving special needs students in New Jersey,” said Mr. Finkelstein.

“We have gone from an organization with a budget of $35 million to $80 million under Dale’s leadership. That means public school districts have more than doubled their demand for our services, which translates into greater support for students.”

The son of a retired Minister and Civil Rights Leader who knew and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Mr. Caldwell received a BA degree in Economics from Princeton University, and an MBA in Finance from Wharton. He also attended the Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School. Of Government.

A resident of New Brunswick, Mr. Caldwell founded the Tennis, Technology and Theatre (T3) program in 2000 which has successfully provided New Brunswick and Franklin Township public school students with tennis, computer and theater skills. He also founded the nonprofit Residential After-School Program, Inc. (RASP), which has successfully operated two employment focused conferences at Rutgers Newark for over 1,500 students from 30 New Jersey public school districts. Mr. Caldwell also founded the Classroom Press Conference (CPC) in 1997, which brings executives into school to be interviewed by students so they learn more about what it takes to find a career they are passionate about.

Mr. Caldwell currently a Client Services Consultant for Right Management, the world’s leading provider of integrated career and talent management solutions in Princeton. Right Management is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Manpower, Inc. employing more than five million people and serving some 400,000 clients across 73 countries. He has previously served as a Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting; Director of the Employee Services Group at Scholastic, Inc.; Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA); and, Executive Director of the Newark Alliance.

The Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission serves approximately 100 school districts and municipalities throughout New Jersey. Established in 1977, the MRESC provides specialized, auxiliary and remedial services to thousands of eligible special needs students, a comprehensive Professional Development Academy, and the Collaborative Educational Services (CES) program, helping districts offer educational programs for special needs students within their neighborhood schools. The MRESC also offers numerous opportunities for bulk buying of equipment and supplies at reduced costs for New Jersey schools and municipalities.

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