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School Board Candidates Now Have Until June 5 to File

Deadline would have been today for an April election, but board moved election to November

The move from an April school board election to a means to run as a candidate.

Now, candidates have until June 5 to file a petition to run in November, said the county clerk's office. Today was the deadline under the April system.

Lakewood will still have an April school board election and budget vote, but nearly every other school district in decided to move its school board election to November.

That also means the Toms River Regional school budget will no longer be before voters and will instead be decided by the school board this spring, unless the school budget grows more than 2 percent. Only if the school district presents a budget more than the 2 percent cap will it be required to put the budget before voters.

The move to a November election was allowed under a newly passed , giving districts the choice to keep an April election or move it to coincide with the general election in November.

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

Three seats are up for grabs in the first November election of the nine-member school board.

The Toms River seats for John Reuther and Gus Kakavas expire this year, as does the South Toms River seat of Jamie Ann Jubert.

The move to a November election was overwhelmingly denounced by the public attending a special board meeting to decide the switch, but the measure passed by a school board vote of 6-3.

Greg February 28, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I hope that the taxpayers of Toms River and South Toms River remember that their Constitutional right to vote taken away from them. Yes. we have the right to vote for who "we" think is the best candidate. But, when it comes to being able to say how our hard earned tax dollars are going to be spent we are shut out! Am i the only one who finds this to be wrong? I hope that every taxpayer remembers that Mr. Reuther, Mr. Kakavas and, Mrs. Jubert were 3 of the 6 who voted to move the election even though they were asked by the MAJORITY of the residents to put this off for a year so we could see how this works! Taxpayers PLEASE remember that these three were also on the BOE when Ritacco was doing all of the "dirty dealings" that he is being accused of They are the same three that all stated that they had NO IDEA that Mr. Ritacco was doing any of this!
StoptheNonsense February 28, 2012 at 07:05 PM
We won't forget. These 3 will be voted OUT! Yes, Mr. Reuther, Mr. Kakavas and, Mrs. Jubert, they've gotta go!
Ken February 28, 2012 at 11:07 PM
I agree all three needed to be voted out and I just hope the voters remember how they did not care what the taxpayers wanted. Also when the other three run again, hopefully people will rmember to vote them out as well. Time for new blood on the BOE.
Corlry G Manfred February 29, 2012 at 01:58 AM
I wonder how many of these "3" have family working in the TR school system? The fact they are all from the Ritacco era , just makes it easy for us voters to vote them out.
Greg February 29, 2012 at 04:30 AM
Jamie Jubert has at least 2 members of her family who work for the district. Jack Reuther now has no members working or the district. The year he was voted onto the board his wife retired form Intermediate East. Gus Kakavas has some many family members that we can't name them all. His wife, daughter, cousins ect. His son in law is also a Supervisor down at Toms River Township Public Works.
Ken February 29, 2012 at 05:13 AM
On top of how many family members do they have working for the school system, there is no way of telling how many friends they have in there. Wish we could vote out the administators while we are at it. Look at the nepotism there. I know the Roselli has numerous family members working for the school system. Also with all the nepotism in Toms River schools you can't see it all because many family members may have different last names.
skizma February 29, 2012 at 11:54 AM
The only place YOU should be allowed to vote is on the town/county/state budgets. Targeting ONLY school budgets was discriminatory at the very least. It was bogus and totally inequitable. Go after the one's you really want to. But, Greg, do you see their budgets up for your vote? I'd LOVE to vote on the idiots who get 5 thousand dollar raises per year, no one knew about. I'd LOVE to vote the town/county/state budgets down and say enough. Enough 100 + grand jobs for doing nothing. The waste is hugh elsewhere, but the only budget they gave you was the schools. Let's put the kids up for a vote. Gutless and chicken. Let's now vote on the real budgets that really have waste abundant!!!
Ken G February 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM
First off, im happy they took away the budget vote. Many automatically voted no just because they could. That system was abused, and now it's been corrected. Secondly, do not forget who put them in there in the first place. Lastly, I find it interesting that the BOE claims they "own" all the school properties like it's their own. Do they forget who pays for it?
Tired of the status quo March 02, 2012 at 01:24 PM
Hey Ken G., May I suggest that you do a little bit of research before you run your mouth about how the school budgets are voted down in this district. If you look you would see that in the last 20 years the budget had been voted down TWICE!!!!!! In my opinion the ones that have abused are the TAXPAYERS!! This district gets what ever it wants and does whatever it wants. See, Ritacco made sure that the people who were voted onto the school board would do exactly what he demanded be done. It is not the BOE who thinks they owns all of the school properties it is the SUPER and his little minions who think that way. For you information NOT ONE OF THE BOE MEMBERS ARE ALLOWED TO WALK THROUGH THE SCHOOLS WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE PRINCIPAL!!!!!!! It is hard to make changes when 6 of the 9 members are hold overs from the Rittaco era! We need a complete clean out of the administration, school board and board attorney. You cannot blame the 3 that were elected last April yet. The thing that I can say is that at the very least these people ask questions and will try to make a suggestions even thought their suggestions seem to fall on deaf ears! Ken G, do you attend BOE meetings and ask any questions? I may not have the answers but, I do attend the meeting and I have asked many questions and many times I have walked away getting a song and a dance instead of an answer.
BN March 02, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Spending More on Education DOES NOT improve Academic Achievement: (Complete with statistical facts) http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2008/09/does-spending-more-on-education-improve-academic-achievement

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