Monday, July 16, 2012
Quirk in filing deadlines or reluctance to share the ballot with partisan races?
When the Legislature last year allowed school elections to move to November, one of the worries was that people would be reluctant to run for the typically nonpartisan jobs on the same ballot as partisan races like the presidency. Now that some early results are in, it looks as if a few of those fears may have been realized -- although not to the degree expected. In fact, the slight dip may have more to do with a quirk in the filing deadlines than anything else. Nearly 1,900 candidates filed by June 5 for the November races in a total of 468 districts, representing about 1.2 candidates for every open seat, according to the New Jersey School Boards Association. That was down from a ratio of nearly 1.4 candidates for each open seat in 2011, …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Hightstown residents can apply to fill the vacant seat through January 2013.
A Hightstown representative for the East Windsor Regional School District's Board of Education has resigned, and the board is accepting applications to fill the vacant seat. After serving on the board since April 1992, Susan Lloyd said she resigned, effective June 30, because of family matters. “This was not an easy decision as I have truly enjoyed my time and have found it interesting, challenging and rewarding,” Lloyd said in an email to Patch. “However, family is the first priority.” Lloyd outlined several of the board’s accomplishments and challenges over the years. She said the curriculum was strengthened and there is more of an emphasis on language arts, literacy and math, as well as individual instruction. As for challenges, Lloyd …
Sunday, January 29, 2012
A review of the week's top stories.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
School Board Election Moved to November The East Windsor Regional School District Board of Education voted Monday to move the school board election to November and eliminate voter approval of the school budget, unless it exceeds the 2 percent state-mandated tax cap. Click here to read more. Sixth-Grade East Windsor Student Raises Over $1000 to Help Fight Bullying There wasn’t one moment that triggered Joleigha Howland to start fighting against bullying, but after a few small ideas and three short months, she had raised over $1,000 to donate to the cause. Click here to read more. After More Than 46 Years in East Windsor, Tiger's Deli Will Close Its Doors After opening a small luncheonette in the first floor of their house, Ralph and Doris…
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Public won't vote on budgets within state-mandated cap.
The East Windsor Regional School District Board of Education voted Monday to move the school board election to November and eliminate voter approval of the school budget, unless it exceeds the 2 percent state-mandated tax cap. The elimination of the vote on the district’s budget appeared to be the driving force behind most board member’s decisions on voting in favor of the switch. “We can't count on people voting yes on our budget for reasonable reasons, let's say, for sound reasons,” board member Suzann Fallon said during the discussion portion of the meeting. “It would just save us so much time and energy and heartache to not have to have a vote on the budget.” Voters passed the 2011-2012 school budget, however, the 2010-2011 budget was…
Friday, January 20, 2012
The announcement came following a four-hour negotiation session on Thursday evening.
Princeton teachers have reached a tentative contract agreement with the school board. “On January 19, 2012, after over a year of long and difficult negotiations and an additional four hours tonight, a tentative agreement was reached between the PRS Board and PREA,” Princeton Regional Education Association President Joanne Ryan said in an email sent late Thursday night. The agreement is subject to ratification by both the union membership and the Board of Education. Teachers have been working under the terms of an expired contract since June 30, 2011 and had expressed frustration by what they saw as stonewalling by the Board of Education. Board members said they too were anxious to resolve the contract dispute, but noted increasing pressure…