Tuesday, April 17, 2012
With most districts opting for move to November, a handful of voters head to polls
Editor’s Note: Millburn’s school elections are moving to November, but today in towns across New Jersey, a handful of voters will head to the polls. In February, the Millburn Board of Education voted to switch the elections, a move that effectively takes the budget off the annual ballot. The change, a four-year commitment, is expected to increase voter turnout and save almost $30,000 annually in most towns, athough some officials say that is a generous estimate. The sudden move this winter by a vast majority of New Jersey school districts to November elections has drawn much of the public’s attention, but don’t tell that to a handful of districts still heading to the polls today. More than 70 districts have opted to stay with April …
Saturday, February 25, 2012
6-0 vote overturns last week’s 3-2 decision to move elections to November.
Editor's note: Since this issue has been of interest in all the school districts and especially in Millburn as of late, we are printing the Bloomfield story here. Shock waves rippled through Council Chambers earlier this week when, in a 6-0 vote, last week’s motion to move school board elections to November was overturned. Reacting to some council members’ reversal of last week’s vote, Mayor Raymond McCarthy quipped, “I’m sitting here feeling like I’m at a Rick Santorum convention, with everyone finding God all of a sudden.” The unanimous vote came after numerous school board officials, including School Superintendent Jason Bing and Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Nicholas Dotoli, presented compelling arguments in favor…
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
BOE votes 6-3 to switch voting date after public debate on change that takes school budget off the ballot.
Local school elections are moving to November. That was the decision Monday night of the Millburn Board of Education, which voted to 6-3 on the change, a move that effectively takes the budget off the annual ballot. The move, a four-year commitment, is expected to save about $30,000 annually and increase voter turnout. About two dozen residents attended the meeting, most drawn by the opportunity for public discussion on the issue. Opposition to the move ran about 7 to 1, with most speakers urging the board to let the issue be decided by referendum in the fall. A motion by Lise Chapman to do just that was denied by the full board, again along the same 6-3 vote. Chapman was joined by Regina Truitt and Jean Pasternak in opposing the elections…
Friday, December 9, 2011
Legislation would also eliminate budget votes for towns below 2 percent cap.
New Jersey's April school elections and budget votes have long been ridiculed for the few who cast ballots and the little impact they have on what is the biggest piece of a home owner's property tax bill. But despite repeated proposals over decades and across administrations to change the process or move the elections to November, none yet have prevailed. Now, breaking the stalemate, Democratic leaders yesterday moved quickly on a bill that would allow districts to shift the school vote to November, while also eliminating any budget vote at all if the budget is within the state's 2 percent tax cap. If above the cap, the excess spending would be put to a separate vote. The bill, sponsored by state Assemblyman Louis Greenwald (D-Camden), the…
Monday, January 24, 2011
The due date for the nominating petitions are due March 8.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Are you interested in running for the Millburn Board of Education? You have until March 8 to file an application. Candidate kits are available at the business office at the Education Center, and they can be picked up between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday through Friday, except Feb. 21, which is a holiday. The annual school board election is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27. The school board has nine members who serve three-year terms each. Three seats are up for election each April. The three seats up for election this spring are Debra Fox, Scott Kamber and Jeffrey Waters. Nominating petitions are due by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 in order to get on the ballot for the annual election. The petitions must include the signatures of at least 10…