Sunday, January 27, 2013
Board ready to act on superintendent's recommendation.
Spring school elections could become a thing of the past in Hillsbrough, if the Board of Education appproves a resolution on its agenda for Monday's meeting moving the election to November. Two weeks ago, at the board's last meeting, Superintendent Jorden Schiff outlined the reasons he said supported moving Hillsborough's elections to the fall. Board members didn't offer any thoughts on the change at the time—but can be counted on doing so before the vote, and we'll be there to bring you coverage fo the discussion and any change approved. Of course, the board has other matters to discuss and we'll bring coverage of all the issues faced by the board. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Auten Road Intermediate School.
Friday, January 25, 2013
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…
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
School budget passes by 1,163 to 641 margin.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The district's $113 million budget was approved and voters elected Deena Centofanti, Lorraine Soisson and incumbent Dana Boguszewski to three-year terms on the Hillsborough Board of Education in Tuesday's school elections. The budget passed by a 1,163 to 641 margin, while Centofanti received 989 votes, Soisson garnered 909 and Boguszewski earned 862 for the three open BOE seats. Comments from the candidates started to trickle in shortly after the results were released to the public. Soisson was quick to thank the voters who came out to support her and, perhaps more importantly, the budget, and vowed to continue to make the district a great place to be for all. “I would first like to thank everybody who came out and supported my campaign …
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Finances, community involvement, academics and communication among concerns.
Finances, community involvement, academics and communication are areas on which this year’s Board of Education candidates hope to focus if elected to any of the three three-year seats. Residents Dana C. Boguszewski, Deena Centofanti, Aldo J. Martinez, Lorraine E. Soisson and Allen Zdroik filed for the three open seats last week that are currently occupied by Boguszewski, Steve Paget and Marc Rosenberg. Dana Boguszewski is the only incumbent filing for re-election to her board seat; Steven Paget and Marc Rosenberg announced that they would not run in this year’s election last week. Boguszewski is finishing the remaining year in Barbara Sargent’s three-year term, after Sargent resigned from the post to take a superintendent post in a …
Several board members questioned staffing decisions, as well as whether the tentative budget allows the district to meet the 'rising cost of doing business.'
Though approved during the Board of Education’s Monday meeting, a tentative budget met concerns that it does not attempt to regain ground lost from budget cuts two years ago. The $113,679,123 tentative budget passed a board vote with four members voting in favor of it and three—Chris Pulsifer, Judy Haas and Marc Rosenberg—voting against it. The budget is about $1 million below the 2 percent tax levy cap, with the tax levy coming in at $81,679,123. That’s a .4 percent increase over last year’s $81,205,961 levy. There were only two public comments on the budget prior to the vote, though several more followed once the vote was taken. The comments came from an elementary school teacher and Hillsborough Education Association President Barbara …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Budget could undergo changes before final vote on March 26.
The district’s tentative budget comes in at $113,679,123, includes no staff reductions or program reductions, according to Superintendent Jorden Schiff's presentation at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting. The total budget is a $2,999,423 increase—about 2 percent—over 2011-12’s $110,679,700 budget. It includes $81,528,217 to be raised through the local tax levy. That’s about .4 percent more than the $81,205,961 raised in 2011-12, and represents an increase of $322,256. Under the tentative budget, the tax rate would increase by less than 1 cent, from $1.444 per $100 of assessed value to $1.453 per $100 of assessed value. A homeowner assessed at $368,700 would see their tax bill increase by $32. Meanwhile Millstone Borough taxpayers …
Monday, February 27, 2012
One incumbent files for re-election to the Board of Education.
Five township residents filed for three, three-year seats on the Board of Education, including one incumbent and a former candidate for Township Committee. According to the Board of Education office, residents Dana C. Boguszewski, Deena Centofanti, Aldo J. Martinez, Lorraine E. Soisson and Allen Zdroik filed for the three open seats. Boguszewski is currently finishing the last year of Barbara Sargent's three-year term, after being appointed to the post in May 2011. Meanwhile, Martinez ran for election to a Township Committee seat in November 2011. The seats went to Deputy Mayor Gloria McCauley and Douglas Tomson. Incumbents Steven Paget and Marc Rosenberg announced their intent to step down from the seats they've held for six years …
Board of Education member Marc Rosenberg will not seek third Board of Education term.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Editor's Note: Incumbent Steven Paget also opted against running for a third Board of Education term. To see who did file for election this year, click here. To the Editor: After thoughtful consideration, I have decided to retire from the Board of Education and will not seek re-election in April. My reasons for stepping down are many. The concept of a “career politician” is to me, an oxymoron. I think our democracy would be better served by some form of term limits at all levels, from Congress to the state legislature and the township committee. So for me, six years seems about right. In addition,my personal life is edging toward retirement, and I cannot say for certain that I can commit to another three-year term. Finally, I am …
Steven Paget will not run for his seat during this year's election.
After six years on the Board of Education, current President Steven Paget has decided against another three-year term. In a Monday afternoon email—hours before the deadline to file for the election— Paget announced his decision against running for his seat. He is rounding out his second-three year term on the board. Paget did not state a specific reason for his decision in his email. "After being elected six years ago I made the board my top priority and made myself available year round, devoting time to understanding the issues and trying to solve problems," he said in the email. "I have been privileged to serve but now I look forward to pursuing other interests including volunteering with the Boy Scouts and dedicating more time to my job…
Thursday, February 9, 2012
New Jersey school districts have the option to move school elections to coincide with November general elections.
The Hillsborough Board of Education, Township Committee or citizens themselves have the option of moving the annual school election so it coincides with November's general elections. It's a matter for debate in all three circles—with a caveat that, if moved, school budgets would not be subject to voter approval as long as it's under the state's tax levy cap. Please vote in the poll and share your thoughts in the comments.