PEA Sets Candidate Forum
Just five people - the three incumbents and two newcomers - filed by a Feb. 25 deadline for the three three-year terms. Incumbents seeking re-election are Agurs Linward Cathcart Jr., Vickey Sheppard and Bridget Rivers. Yolanda VanFleet and Jaclynne Callands are also running.
The union that represents teachers and support staff will hold the forum at 4:15 p.m. Thursday (March 13, 2008) at the Educational Support Complex (the old Jefferson School) at 1200 Myrtle Avenue.
This year's school board election is taking place in a climate of major changes and challenges for the district. Dr. Steve Gallon III of Miami-Dade schools was just hired as the new superintendent. The state has mandated a 4 percent increase in the local school tax levy, the first increase in 15 years, which will require at least some staff cuts. The district is still in a state monitoring process called New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum, or NJQSAC, that found deficiences in four of five performance areas.
The PEA welcomes district employees, parents and the community to its forum, Jones said.