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Three Incumbents Among Eleven Candidates for Toms River School Board

Two seats in Toms River, one in South Toms River, on November ballot

Eleven candidates filed to run for three seats on Toms River Regional school board, according to the county clerk's office.

Two seats representing Toms River are up for grabs. Incumbents Gus Kakavas of Smokerise Lane and Jack Reuther of Arizona Avenue are seeking re-election for the three year terms. They are each seeking a second term, having been elected in 2009. Reuther is the current vice-president of the school board.

Kakavas and Reuther face seven challengers:

  • Lisa P. Neumann of Susan Street,
  • Charlotte Ford Spillane of North Bay Avenue,
  • Sergio Fossa of Bricksburg Court,
  • Ginny Rhine of Grand Avenue,
  • Daniel K. Simmons of Green Twig Drive
  • Joseph Torrone — the spouse of current board member Loreen Torrone, of Stone Hedge Drive
  • Brian Geoghegan, of Longman Street, who ran in 2011

The three-year seat representing South Toms River is also up for grabs. Incumbent Jamie Ann Jubert of Lakeview Drive is seeking re-election. Challenging her is Gidalty "Gigi" Esparza of Red Maple Court.

Jubert has served on the school board since 1995 and previously served as a vice-president to the nine-member school board, which represents Toms River, South Toms River, Pine Beach and Beachwood.

The candidates list is unofficial, as names can be challenged for four days after the filing deadline, which was at

This would be the first year for a November school board election for Toms River Regional. All Ocean County School Districts, with the exception of Lakewood, opted to move their School Board elections from April to November as a result of a bill signed into law by Governor Christie in January, which then Toms River Regional to move the election locally.

With three seats up for grabs, this year's election could hold the fate of the majority of the Toms River Regional school board. Last year, three candidates running as a team campaigned as reformers in the wake of the scandal of former Superintendent . The three new board members have voted throughout the year in opposition of some school board agenda items, but do not hold the majority of the board.

Candidates will be listed in a separate section of the November ballot, as school board elections are nonpartisan.

Come clean Torrone October 06, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Joe Torrone husband & wife sitting on boe @ same time? They are trying to win through underhanded tactics.
Joe Torrone is a problem for TRRS October 06, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Mr & mrs Torrone sitting on the bd of Ed together what a joke! How will anything ever be transparent ?
TRS UNION REP October 07, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Ginny Rhine is a former TRN teacher and seems to be a puppet for the party. You talked a good game back in June Mrs. Rhine but things have apparently change with you.
TRS UNION REP October 07, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Many teachers received political email on school and home accounts supporting the challengers in the Board of Education elections. Seems to me that a former teacher would have access to this information (especially the home accounts of teachers). Would you like to comment Ginny?
Pavlivdogs October 07, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Political email sent to teachers at school & home? What the heck? Torrone or Rhine would you like to explain?
Ginny Rhine October 07, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Which party am I a puppet for? My views have not changed since June.
Ginny Rhine October 07, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I stopped teaching in 2005 and have zero access to any school information not available to the public.
Pavlivdogs October 07, 2012 at 03:59 PM
So Ginny you cut all ties with your teacher friends? I know for a FACT that's not true and I'm sure some support you. Therefore, you would have access to home email accounts.
Toms River teacher October 07, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Ginny, I got that email at school, and a coworker got it at home, now it makes sense. Didn't the people running make a big stink about honesty? WOW!
joe jones October 07, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Ginny, daddy is a demo crat, probably a member of the OC dems where Giovine is the vice president. Don't tell me he isn't sniffing around trying to get the accountant's job. How many fundraisers have you had and if not, who;' financing your campaign? I see you are running with TORRONE. Didn't he grease his contract before he retired and now wants to be the gatekeeper with his wife who can't speak without reading from notes. Give me a break. And while I'm at it. Pavliv, you want to oversee everything, make rediculous statements about everyone working at the Arena and your secretary made off with around $100,000.00 right under your nose. You're all pathetic. You all there for the "common good" and no one you know will ever get a job. Yeah right. I can see the line starting to form already.
joe jones October 07, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Oh by the way, this has Haelig's stink all over this. Let's see if Benson and Galante are willing to ask the tough questions of these bozos. Ask Terrone about her husband and Pavliv about the missing money.
joe jones October 07, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Haelig got booted by the republicans and now he whore'sw himself to whoever will pay. Who finances im?
Ginny Rhine October 07, 2012 at 06:31 PM
I am shocked at the number of inaccuracies people throw around as "FACT". My father and my father-in-law (who is the one I assume you are actually referring to) are registered Republicans, as am I. They are not in contention for the accountant position, nor do they want it.
Pavlivdogs October 07, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Didn't Torrone leave the Brielle BOE with a $48,000 bill for his sick time comp pkg? As I recall there was an overture of applause when the parents in Brielle spoke negatively about that in a meeting. Guess that's why he hoofed it out of town. Lucky us! NOT!
joe jones October 07, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Thanks foretting me know about rate my teacher. Let's see, she got her job a few years ago when MJR was still superintendant. dadddy or mommy went to him asked and they received. Not the first and not the last. Ask Kevin Root about his son. Hated MJR but not above begging for his job. Let's face it NJR took care of friends and enimies. Hippocrite!
Pavlivdogs October 07, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Here's how it went down: Daddy Rhine asks Ben for the accounting job. Ben asks Daddy Rhine to run someone that he and his friends can control and would have teacher support. BOOM Ginny, exteacher with a group of current teacher friends who are still grumpy over the last contact the Union botched, enters the race. Daddy reminds Ginny to play the honest dumb housewife who just wants to help the community. Ginny cries when the tough questions are asked even before getting elected.
Donna Griffin October 07, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Joe Jones - In no way am I promoting anyone on the ballot here. But don't put too much importance in Rate My Teachers. Those ratings are oftentimes written by anonymous students with an axe to grind.
joe jones October 07, 2012 at 07:09 PM
SO you think your friends will suport you because they are mad over the last contract. Listen if they had voted for the one first presented they wouldn't be paying 1.5 percent for their insurance now. Give this new crew a majority and nothing will get approved for the teachers. Remember Pavlivvotes no on everything.
joe jones October 07, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Donna: I don't bit it is suprising for a new teacher to be so criticised. Maybe that's why she left
Toms River teacher October 07, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Torrones a former super who retired with a unheard of sick day pkg running to sit with his wife? AND Rhine is an exteacher from HSN whose father and grandfather are bucking for the accounting job? WOW I'm txt my coworkers now so they get the whole picture.
HS Spanish teacher October 07, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Last thing TRRS needs is 2 dishonored former educators sitting on the board. Teachers have a bad rep to begin with.
Gym girl at North October 07, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Talk at TRN is that Rhine & Torrone aresupported by Giovine, Pavilv, and Torrone. This is frightening. They'll jack up our taxes and vote no on anything Pavilv says to. Nothing positive will ever get done.
Donna Griffin October 07, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Joe - That rating site has been up for many years. Kids in college use such sites routinely to get a sense of what their peers think of a professor. Again, I don't give it much credibility as all you need are a dozen disgruntled students to post negative reviews, whether deserved or not, to score that instructor low. In fact, I don't know of many kids who would rate a challenging teacher who assigns a lot of relevant and beneficial homework and projects highly. All in all, the best arbiter of a good teacher is an involved parent.
Herbert Bistolly October 07, 2012 at 10:23 PM
And Gus who's wife, daughter, son in law and mother in law all work in Toms River on the tax payers dime, whom worked for Ritacco for 20 years as his lap dog transportation director is ok to vote for once again? The BOE freak show continues.
joe jones October 08, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Just remember we have board members who suppport and know the hard workof the toms river schools staff.
joe jones October 08, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Looks like SPillane is going to hang in. Hardly a threat. Who's paying for your candidacy? Looks like ole Benny is funding the others. How's Haelig doing? I thought he left town. No, got a victory last year and thinks he can do it again. I think people have finnaly wised up to the who Haelig mystique. A political hack. I know there is a new one in the wings. Stilltrying to bring him out from under his rock.
Ken October 08, 2012 at 10:15 PM
who? which one?
Stan Polkawitcz 1945 October 08, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Haelig, Come now from the OCP.com days? Hows his buddy , the one that did the kids coloring book? Any oldtimes on here that happen to remember that embarrasing disaster for the Haelig clan?
TRWatch October 09, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I heard Gus and Jack made the visitors list. http://www.bop.gov/iloc2/InmateFinderServlet?Transaction=NameSearch&needingMoreList=false&FirstName=Michael&Middle=&LastName=Ritacco&Race=U&Sex=U&Age=&x=73&y=13
joe jones October 10, 2012 at 11:29 PM
TO visit who Thr Torrones. It's criminal that he got away with so much in Manasquan. Check thier board minutes. Now he's a cash cow.

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