Poll: Should Hillsborough Move School Elections to November?
The district is the only one in Somerset County to have not changed balloting.
At the Jan. 14 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent of School Jorden Schiff outlined the arguments that persuaded him to recommend Hillsborough move school elections to November.
One of the reasons mentioned is that Hillsborough is now the only district in Somerset County scheduled to have a school election in April.
Sometimes it's good to stand out of the crowd, but Dr. Schiff doesn't believe this is one. He said moving the election means more voter participation in the election of board members, helps school officials planning budgets and eliminates the costs associated with the separate spring polling.
But some say the main reason to keep voting in the spring is to continue voter approval of annual school budgets. If the elections are moved, voters would only cast ballots on budgets exceeding the tax cap limits in place (currently 2 percent). Budgets under the cap are automatically OK.
And, supported of sping voting add, having the separate election means voters are focused on schools at election time, not distracted by the noise of the flashier, noisier political campaigns.
The board will have to decide in the coming weeks whether or not to change the election date, but what do you think? Is it a good idea—or does it disenfranchise your vote on school spending?
Take our poll and add your comments in the box below.