What's Your Number One Issue for BOE Election?

First November election for school candidates

A League of Women Voters candidates' debate is coming for Toms River Regional candidates, 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Ocean County Freeholders Meeting Room.

At the League of Women Voters school candidates' night last year, questions focused on a variety of subjects. Are last year's issues similar to this year's?

Then, Residents wanted to know how the candidates would address the wake of the Ritacco scandal. They wanted to know if candidates felt the school board and district needed more transparency in their actions. And they wanted to know if they had any conflicts of interest, such as having relatives employed by the district.

How would the candidates address a growing budget and the tax impact on cash-strapped residents? How should it recruit — and retain — the best and brightest teachers?

Maybe it's questions of local impact, and also issues on the national and state scene, such as vouchers, tenure reform and state aid, that are most important to you?

We want to know what you're number one question is. What school issue do you feel is tops to you as a resident of Toms River?

It's our question of the day.

JD October 16, 2012 at 09:55 PM
She is a secretary for Ocean County government... Construction board of appeals to be exact... you want the link also?
JD October 16, 2012 at 09:56 PM
I count that you have nearly 10 screen names Pavlivdogs....
Irina October 16, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Getting rid of the last of the Ritacco era....Jack Reuther, Gus Kakavas and Jamie Jubert. THESE 3 HAVE TO BE SHOWN THE DOOR.
Pavlivdogs October 16, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Seriously JD get a life. I ll save you a seat tonight. You know who I am & there is only 1 of me
Pavlivdogs October 16, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Or should I say all 10 of us will be sitting around you tonight? You're a joke JD
Sybil October 16, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I think Joe Desantis meant to say the Epsteins were in their 80s not that they served in the 1980s.
dainty October 16, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Explain how each and every one, there longer than 2 years, looked the other way or were derelict in duty. There are laws and rules in place, for Ritacco to get away with what he did for so many years, any board member there longer than 5 years needs to go! I vote no confidence in any of them, after the fiasco they sat thru and saw "nuthin"
Robert Bressman October 16, 2012 at 11:30 PM
After the tongue lashing Judge Pisano gave the BOE at Ritacco's sentencing, how can anyone think that re-electing those that sat on the BOE during the time Ritacco was there would be the right thing to do. Defending the indefencable.
oh bummer October 17, 2012 at 12:32 AM
2 questions 1. how much is the cost of healthcare going up in 2012 the total cost of employee benefits was $54 million out of a $133 million tax levy. This is second only to $64 million for regular instruction. If healthcare costs rise 10%, that's another $5.4 million increase. 2% cap on $133 million is $2.67 million. Houston we have a problem. 2.What will you do about eliminating pensions for staff and passing the cost savings on to the students or taxpayers here's the budget in case you have never seen it http://www.trschools.com/budget2/docs/USERFR.HTM
Joseph Herbert October 17, 2012 at 04:06 AM
JD Let me reason with you if you'll take time to consider my thoughts. I do not know about current hires, but as a Masters Candidate in Planning (Which includes school planning) I can assure you this. In New Jersey, since 2005, you will not get a teaching certificate of eligiblity (Necessary before you can be hired to teach) unless you have a 3.0 GPA, in fact you cannot be accepted into a college teacher program without that GPA.
Joseph Herbert October 17, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Regardless of party they all spoke to representatives of my organization and the 'Clean Slate' crowd sounded best.
JD October 17, 2012 at 04:14 AM
JH, The minimum in NJ is 2.75.... and you can go as low as 2.5 but have to score high in Praxis... anyone can score high on a Praxis... you can take multiple times to get the score. http://www.state.nj.us/education/educators/license/ PA, CT, NY, MD all have 3.0 minimum to get a license. Lucy Davy wanted to increase to 3.0 but couldn't... got it up to 2.75. PA has a law that you need a 3.0 in the first 3 semesters to get accepted into the college Education program... NJ does not have such a law. You would be shocked to see what TRRS hires and calls them teachers... we are in a buyers market and should be able to get the best. Easy to get a CE in NJ for elementary teacher.
Ken G October 17, 2012 at 03:09 PM
To stop the bible people downtown from harassing Tr south students
Bottom Line October 17, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I am still concerned about conflicts, the board attorney and truly changing the way the district is run. I am still distrustful of the established administration. I feel the board should revisit the notion of rehiring the superintendent. Conduct a proper national search and bring in someone who can lead the schools independently.
JD October 17, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Totally agree.... Roselli and the 3 assistant supers must go!
Marion Warr October 17, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I am concerned about the School Board members who were on the board during the insurance debacle. Did they get three bids as most public supported boards have to do? Or did they just blindly follow the advice of Mr. Ritacco? Something that also concerns me is the number of Board members who have a relative(s) working in the School District. Those members have to disqualify themselves when discussing or voting on salaries/hiring/firing because of the obvious conflict of interest. How many fall into that category? If there are too many they would never reach the agreed upon minimum number of votes that are required before voting on something as important as salaries. These are decisions about the taxpayer's dollars that don't come easy these days. I didn't vote for members so they could go to meetings and NOT vote! This is particularly disturbing as one expects an elected official to do their job. There should be an anti-nepotism rule for Board of Education Members in Toms River.
joe jones October 18, 2012 at 12:05 AM
No JD or JOey Desantis I think you must go back to PA. where you belong. I guess that's why you back into your parking spot at the farthest end of the ot so people won't see that you are from out of town. Just doing tohe dirty work for Torrone and his minnions. By the way... there was a questioned asked as to why Torrone and Pavliv pass notes back and forth. That's because Torrone can't really speak without notes. SHe has to be told what to say. Now, back to Desantis. Naming names at the Board under the shroud of transparency. Well... do people know about your arrest record and the way you assaulted your wife and had to be hauled away to jail? You are a hateful person alligned with hateful people. They really had to go to the bottom of the sewer to find you. Was it Torrone or Mitch Siems who flushed the toilet and you came out the other end. Maybe we should read the report about you at the next board meeting. Remeber too that good people who did great things were not perceived as "intelligent".. Walt Disney, Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein to name a few. Torrone and Rhine, you hange with trash, you smell just as bad.
joe jones October 18, 2012 at 12:06 AM
The Ritacco era is over. He has been punished for his crime. The investigation is over. The Board and the school district has been cleared. Let's not let Torrone and Rhine who when were questioned about their transparency got upset at last Friday's board meeting. When it's against them it's a plot. By the way Pavliv and Torrone stop abstaining to try and keep your record "clean" so that you don't vote on anything controversial. Grow some and take a stand. Oh, and by the way Loreen you were there when MJR was. How do we know you weren't in on anything like you accuse everyone else? How come you don't resign? WHy not be the first and set the example?
joe jones October 18, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Joey, I'd like to see you up infront of a classroom. you wouldn't last a week. it takes dedication and heart. You have neither.
joe jones October 18, 2012 at 12:18 AM
By the way, no Gina Thrace exiits. Is that you alias Joey?
joe jones October 18, 2012 at 12:21 AM
A question was asked about the taxpayer in this race. Do you really know how low our taxrs are compared to the rest of the state? Do you realize the facilities we have that are the envy of other districts. Still with a low tax rate. Do you realize that the Board has kept spending down for decades? If evrything was so bad don't you think we would have the highest rate in the stae and not close to the lowest. DOn't be fooled by the rhetoric of these outsiders. COmpare torrone's rate with ours. We win even thought he is a smaller district.
joe jones October 18, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Hey Joey.....GO HOME!
rd October 18, 2012 at 02:42 AM
jd.. i just graduated with my ba in english/education from kean university this past may... while the minimum gpa used to be 2.75, it is currently 3.0 at kean (& most colleges in the state). as for praxis exam/gpa.. it's up to the university whether or not they will accept the nj praxis score cutoffs. in other words, just because you score high, but have a lower gpa.. the university doesn't have to recognize the score as they have their own standards/requirements for graduation (& if you don't graduate, you can't get a certificate to teach). a score of 162 or higher is needed to secure a ceas in english... IF a school is willing to acknowledge the high gpa/lower praxis score that you speak of.. and just 'pass them through to certification,' the student has to have a gpa somewhere around 3.8 (i cannot remember the exact requirement)... and the praxis score requirement with this gpa is not much less than the original 162. in other words, there is no problem with the option to score lower, because there gpa would have to be extremely high.. and according to your original comment, if you're gpa is high, you must know the material. a student with a 3.0, the lowest possible grade point average, must score at least 162... in short, you're misinformed.
Ken October 18, 2012 at 04:47 AM
First thing that needs to be done is to stop all the nepotism now!!!
Ruby1949 October 18, 2012 at 06:08 PM
All BOE members who rubber-stamped Ritacco schemes, etc should be IMPEACHED. If this isn't the law in R.S. 18A then it should be and legislation should be enacted. Otherwise they should resign. BOE members are supposed to ask questions and proof to prove whatever the Supt. is proposing is legitimate.
Fedup October 18, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Please don't apply for a teaching job in Toms River. If you do, our kids are doomed.
joe jones October 21, 2012 at 06:21 PM
When are still getting a good rate on insurace and the district keeps the tax rate low. The Board did what it was supposed to. This was a one man deal. I give them credit, except for Loreen who can never speak for herself, for staying on the board. The budget came is at leaa than 2%. Keep them doing what they are doing.
the phantom October 24, 2012 at 01:17 AM
The bottom line is to vote out the crooks who suppported Rittacco you idiots
the phantom October 24, 2012 at 01:22 AM
If the newlt elected BOE members stink we vote them out the next time. They can't be any worse then the clowns on the BOE now. Stop the madness!
joe jones November 02, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Thise running have done NOTHING TO HELP at the shelters or given one quote. I do see our incumbents there Keep runnig the political ads "UNCLEAN SLATE" instead of helping out.


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