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Toms River School Board Candidate Forum Oct. 25

League of Women Voters hosting the public panel

A contested race for Toms River School Board will see candidates explain their positions on issues affecting taxpapers and the regional school district, at a candidates' forum Oct. 25.

The League of Women Voters of Ocean County is hosting the forum, held on 7 p.m. Thursday Oct. 25 in the Ocean County Freeholders Meeting Room, 119 Hooper Avenue, Toms River in Room 119 on the first floor.

The forum is expected to take place 7 to 9 p.m.

Sheila McVeigh, President of the League of Women Voters of Ocean County, said the format is similar to last year's forum, in that it will be moderated and answers will be timed.

McVeigh said each of the candidates has agreed to attend.

Toms River Regional has two seats for the regional board and one seat for South Toms River up for grabs this year.

Vying for the two Toms River Regional seats are incumbents Gus Kakavas and Jack Reuther. They face three challengers: Charlotte Ford Spillane, and two running as a slate, the "Clean Slate" candidates of Joseph Torrone and Ginny Rhine.

The South Toms River seat will have voters in that borough choosing between longtime incumbent Jamie Jubert and challenger Gigi Esparza of the Clean Slate team.

The format of the forum: a lottery will be held to determine the order of speakers for opening statements and the reverse order will be used for closing statements, each of which will be 2 minutes in duration. The audience will be permitted to ask questions (either by stepping up to the microphone or by submitting the question on an index card).

Candidates will have 1 minute to respond to questions. The League will provide both the moderator, Gail Marsh Saxer, and a timekeeper. The moderator will determine whether or not a question is appropriate.

"The forum will center only on the issues—not personalities," McVeigh said.

Last year's forum packed Room 119 of the county building. Then, eight new candidates competed for three seats.




toms river north citizen October 24, 2012 at 01:44 PM
We need to let go of the "Ritacco thing". It's over and done he's being punished for his mistakes. If the "clean slaters" want to make a difference they should stop using the "End the Ritacco Era" single statement platform, and start telling use how they can make a positive difference! I haven't heard one word about that. Who wants a bunch of do nothings sitting up there pounding their fists and saying NO for the sake of saying NO.
JD October 24, 2012 at 01:48 PM
LOL... this must be your 12th screen name... (1st post)... as was Kathy above... and what positive things have reuther and kakavas done... and Jubert!!! they just rubber stamp everything... no oversight per Judge Pisano himself.
Pavlivdogs October 24, 2012 at 02:03 PM
JD your limited mental ability & paranoia have surfaced again. North citizen is right. We need to stop bringing up dead issues & start talking about what can be done to move forward. Has Torrone or Rhine said anything other than "they are bad, we are good" ? Not one peep!
JD October 24, 2012 at 02:07 PM
That didn't take you long... as you have multiple screen names... and the reason Teachers Union supports Kakavas, reuther, Jubert... giving them thousands of dollars... the teachers current contract expires 6/30/13... 8months away..
dainty October 24, 2012 at 02:13 PM
lol, I got the 215 call from "Gus" and "Jack". IF you want change now is the time. VOTE Anyone from Ritacco era, those that sat with blinders on, those that ignore the "funny" things going on. VOTE THEM OUT!!! This is our ONE chance. For our kids, VOTE out the folks who allowed Ritacco to turn into the creature he became.. VOTE or shut up!
dainty October 24, 2012 at 02:15 PM
TRNorth... no, its a bit too premature. To allow those that sat by, like lumps on a log, they MUST GO. If the next President is corrupt, Im sure they will just look the other way and allow it. THEY HAVE TO GO! VOTE in new folks, maybe maybe we stand a chance!
Pebbles Flintstone October 24, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Talking to JD is like talking the granite he works with. Stop spurting accusations for the Torrone/Rhine dollar that's you're riding on and tell them to tell the people HOW they will make a positive difference.
JD October 24, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Screen name #13.... and counting.. Funny... the only people that support Kakavas, Ruether, Jubert are the Teachers Union... why.... because the contract is up 6/20/13.... in 8 months...
Pavlivdogs October 24, 2012 at 03:48 PM
JD must get paid a lot by Torrone to spin this nonsense ! Still not hearing what positive things they are gonna do.
JD October 24, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Just the facts.... you've entered the "no spin zone".... Get paid nothing... and you are aware the teacher contract is up end of June 2013!!! From what I've read... they want to have a personal committee so TRRS hires the best available candidate for open positions!!!
Torrone is full of major conflict October 24, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Torrone also wants wine and cheese at the mtgs. cause it will be date night for him and the Mrs. if he is elected.
JD October 24, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Screen name #14 and counting... can you confirm if Giovine is the 7th member of the Ritacco 6... seems you don't focus on Giovine at all.. Giovine's rhetoric is one thing... but his voting record is with the Ritacco 6.
Chief Wahoo October 24, 2012 at 07:01 PM
in no other venture , are there people lined up AND SPENDING money, for a job that pays ZERO !!!!!!.......ENOUGH SAID ! PROPERTY TAX REVOLT !!!!!
Tired of the status quo October 24, 2012 at 09:06 PM
With this upcoming election what is about it that the voters of this district are afraid of? Is it the fact that there could be a changing of the guard on the BOE? Sometimes change is a good thing. Just look at what having the same people being voted back to the BOE time and time again got this school district! It brought this district a Super who stole 2+ million dollars from the taxpayer and the students of this district. A BOE who under their reign has allowed the test scores to continue to fall and many other things. There have been many people on this blog who have stated that Ritacco has been sentenced and is serving his time and it is time to as Mr. Roselli likes to call it " MOVE FORWARD". Well, one of the best ways for this district to "move forward" would be for the voters to rid the board of those who ":KNEW NOTHING" of what Ritacco was doing while he was the Super. We need to put people up on the board who are going to be there for all the right reasons. Not for getting jobs for their friends and family members. Yes, there is a possibility that there could be a husband a wife serving on the board at the same time. If this is to come to fruition then this is where we the PUBLIC need to do our JOB!!! That job is to make sure that these people are doing what is in the best interest of the EDUCATION of the children of this district! If these people do not do what we put them there to do then we VOTE THEM OUT RIGHT AWAY not 20+ years later!!!
Tired of the status quo October 24, 2012 at 09:10 PM
And, NO I AM NOT RELATED TO ANYONE RUNNING FOR THE BOARD!!! And, I have no children, all I am is a concerned taxpayer and a concerned resident!!
Laura Sloan October 24, 2012 at 10:56 PM
1 is a wonderful choice. Charlotte is a wonderful woman who really wants to go good for toms river schools.
joe jones October 24, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Then I'm assuming Loreen should go too. By the way JD or should I say j DeSantis,were you at $150.00 fund raiser or do you just pick scraps up from the floor. Were you at the "WHINE & CHESSEY" party the Torrones threw for some TR union poeple where they promised if they get in they will vote for good raises. WAKE UP everyone. The cap is 2% hope you get that. the days of high percentage raises are over.
joe jones October 24, 2012 at 11:40 PM
And another thing. Check past newspaper articles on Torrone. See the one where He supported His own bd of ed candidates who won and rewarded him with opening his contract giving hin a nice big fat raise so that he could pad his salary for retirement, then established a "personnel" or should I say cronies committee to put his own people in place. DOn't think he's not going to do the same thing here. GOD BLESS TENURE. This board put checks and balabces in place. We don't know what the UNCLEAN SLATE will do.
Tired of the status quo October 25, 2012 at 12:26 AM
If Loreen doesn't do the job then yes, you are correct she should be gone also. But, I know where you are going with this. If you go back to when Loreen was on the BOE the first time you will see that she was the ONLY person who had the GUTS to stand up to Ritacco when all the others just shook their heads with a "yes". But, in typical Mike Ritacco fashion he made sure that because Loreen didn't "play ball" with Mike he made sure that she did not get reelected. Can you say coincidence? I like many others am looking forward to seeing what ALL of these candidates have to say tomorrow night before I go and pull the lever. The one thing that I can HONESTLY say is that I am HEAVILY leaning towards not voting for the incumbents but, I am still willing to listen to what they have to say. The reason why I am leaning that way is I want to see a REAL CHANGE with NEW IDEAS and the only way that this stands any chance of being achieved is putting "new blood" up there. When you have people sitting up there for 20+ years they start to get complacent and then really don't care how things go. And before any of you jump all over me about not attending the meetings, I do attend them. I have told many people on this blog that I sit in the back of the auditorium at Toms River High School North.
TR Teacher October 25, 2012 at 04:00 PM
So you think the teachers are going to support the incumbents because there is a contract negotiation looming? Arent they the same ones who forced a freeze and then lower raises the last 2 years? And it doesnt really matter who is elected since there is a cap of 2% anyway.
TR Teacher October 25, 2012 at 04:02 PM
JD - isn't the whole point of the board to make sure we hire the best possible candidate....why do we also need a committee
joe jones October 26, 2012 at 12:57 AM
JD opps! Joey DeSantis. Back from PA or just a long walk from your car. Just had to comment on your shameful and vulgar presentation at the last board meeting. FIrst of all the GPA's you gave were incorrect. Secondly what are people supposed to do while they wait for a job? Not work at anything else? The math credits you alleged were not there for the math teacher were not undergraduate credits but graduate credits. Where did you go to school Joe's Deli and Correspondence School? I was also impressed with the way you ran to Loreen with the resumes and couldn't wait to hand them over to her just like a dog returning the evening paper to his master. You really don't get it. The "UNCLEAN SLATE" is using you as a lackey, a minnion, ubiquitous follow. You are a sycophant you will never sit at the main table with the adults. You'll always be religated to the childrens' table like the crazy relative locked aqway until their needed for some grunt work that no one wants to get their hands dirty on. Wise up.
joe jones October 26, 2012 at 01:00 AM
And to tired... the people who have been sitting their for 20 plus years have kept your tax rate one of the lowest in the state. Don't care if you come to the meetings or not. GO to the library and check the facts. The Board has done great things for our district. One man made serious mistakes. Do we punish everyone for them. The Feds would be allover the Board if they thought they were involved.
joe jones October 26, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Oh and one last thing "JD" personnel committee? Torrone had one and it only benefitted him and his cronies. We have a nine member board who can take care of the hires.
JD October 26, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Did TR PD contact you yet??
JD October 26, 2012 at 01:19 AM
We have your IP address!!
JD October 26, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Sorry.. but I have the documents... the GPA's, etc were spot on... the theater major... i had the persons undergrad transcript... and no grad school.
dainty October 26, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Yes, we punish every one that was derelict of duty. There were rules in place for this NOT to happen. Did he make them drink the juice? Doing nothing is doing something. I will work to vote out every person that I feel looked the other way. I see them as part of the problem. Someone should have blown the whistle way before the FEDs walked in.
joe jones October 26, 2012 at 11:09 PM
So dainty, I guess Pavliv should lose his la license sine his secretary embezzeled over $80,000.00. Happened under his watch Derelict of duty, did nothing, weren't there rules in place? And "tired" the BOE has allowed test scores to fall? WHat about parents who don't care what goes on in school, students who would rather party than study or devote all their time to sports or other activities. We did not give birth to these kids. That's what happens when there isn't a lot of good DNA.
Frederick John LaVergne for Congress November 06, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Ritacco is my favorite future canary...


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