=====( To Win a Board of Education Election, Part 7 )=====
Scanned from, The Metuchen-Edison Review, Friday April 23, 1999; by Gary Govelitz.
METUCHEN (April 20)- The board of education will have three new members for the 1999-2000 term.
Newcomers Alfred Barron, Ron Grayzel and Timothy Bronson, who ran together on the same ticket, were elected to the board replacing incumbents Frederick Kutner, James Gerner and John Povacz.
Of the imcumbents, only Povacz ran for re-election. Kutner and Gerner chose only to serve one term on the board. The vote tally was 1,080, Bronson; 1,048, Grayzel; 1,046, Barron; and 448 for Povacz.
"The outcome of this election will (be) remembered by the next generation because it will mark the beginning of the rebuilding of our education community," said newly elected board member Barron, adding "I ran because of my concern that the quality of education is not as high as it should be. We were missing many opportunities in the last years by not developing technology in our schools."
The school budget of $15,244,247 was passed by a vote of 977 to 494. "I am very happy that this budget passed," (board vice-president) Lombardi said, "This budget represents a modest increase. This is the third year in a row with a relatively flat budget and that is a complement to our administration. They keep the cost down."
=========================================== So there you have it folks, the good news. Our neighboring communities had much to celebrate as well. Both passed school budgets by almost 2:1 margins. Edison, a larger surrounding neighbor with 7 times our school population, passed its first budget since 1992. These were good times indeed.
What readers may not know about is the vicous campaign waged by the three former board members in 1996. Of the three, Fred Kutner sparked particular controversy when he announced his support for teaching "scientific" creationism along with evolutionary theory in science classes. Though challenged by many during open forums, his routine response was that "neither were provable". While these radical ideas were not supported by his two running mates, they did share common anti-tax and anti-public education principles. None will be missed. ============================================ The writer was a candidate for Board of Education of Metuchen, a district of approximately 1,350 in New Jersey. Aside for concerns about effective and accountable district management, an affordable budget, and increased communication with the community, he's be advocating for strong upgrading of all K-12 math & science education.
By sharing these thought with you, I'm inviting all to consider to do as I have. Public education needs the input of scientists, math and science teachers, not simply businessmen and politicians. Please consider running for Board of Education in your hometown.
This has been the first stage of an experiment to see if we have the power to change things, and not simply interpret them. Now we must learn to work with other board members, administrators, parents and teachers to see if we can implement our ideas into the practice of board policy.
This is the final installment of this project. Due to its length, I have not attached my campaigh literature to these files. If any readers are interested in the material, I would be glad to send either as WORD documents or paper. At some point, I hope to create a website. I'll post the files there.
In the meantime, I'll keep all posted on what happens from time to time, though with more of a focus on issues related to math & science policy. This is, after all, a math education list.
At Tuesday's meeting, I'll be sworn in and receive my name plate. Meetings are broadcast live. Most of the week has been rather upbeat. A few people I have never met greeted me on the street. I guess they saw me on tv during candidates night !