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The deadline for filing a petition to run for the Kearny Board of Education, is Tuesday, March 8th. Petitions must be filed with the Board Secretary, Mr. DeVita, at the Board office at Franklin School by 4 pm. Petitions can be downloaded from the School Boards Association web site at http://www.njsba.org/candidacy/petitionW.pdf or you can pick one up at the Board office at Franklin School. To be eligible, your petition must have the signatures of at least 10 registered voters, one of who can be the candidate.

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Should the school district convert Franklin School to a townwide middle school and make all other elementary schools K to 6?

Or should the Board of Education redistrict existing schools to balance school populations without creating a middle school?

Should Kearny taxpayers spend more or less on the school district's budget?

What curriculum, program and staffing changes should be made to raise falling test scores?

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The deadline for filing a petition to run for the Kearny Board of Education, is Tuesday, March 8th. Petitions must be filed with the Board Secretary, Mr. DeVita, at the Board office at Franklin School by 4 pm. Petitions can be downloaded from the School Boards Association web site at http://www.njsba.org/candidacy/petitionW.pdf or you can pick one up at the Board office at Franklin School. To be eligible, your petition must have the signatures of at least 10 registered voters, one of who can be the candidate.

You can make a difference!

Should the school district convert Franklin School to a townwide middle school and make all other elementary schools K to 6?

Or should the Board of Education redistrict existing schools to balance school populations without creating a middle school?

Should Kearny taxpayers spend more or less on the school district's budget?

What curriculum, program and staffing changes should be made to raise falling test scores?

There isn't going to be a middle school!!!!! NO MONEY!!!!!!

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The deadline for filing a petition to run for the Kearny Board of Education, is Tuesday, March 8th. Petitions must be filed with the Board Secretary, Mr. DeVita, at the Board office at Franklin School by 4 pm. Petitions can be downloaded from the School Boards Association web site at http://www.njsba.org/candidacy/petitionW.pdf or you can pick one up at the Board office at Franklin School. To be eligible, your petition must have the signatures of at least 10 registered voters, one of who can be the candidate.

You can make a difference!

Should the school district convert Franklin School to a townwide middle school and make all other elementary schools K to 6?

Or should the Board of Education redistrict existing schools to balance school populations without creating a middle school?

Should Kearny taxpayers spend more or less on the school district's budget?

What curriculum, program and staffing changes should be made to raise falling test scores?

I hope we get candidates that come unbiased and without personal agendas. There are too many Board of Education members with immediate family members who work for the school district. How about a parent with a child in the district with no interest in getting a family member hired or promoted? Or a businessman that will represent taxpayers in the district's labor contract negotiations? Or a senior citizen who attended Kearny schools and cares about youth? Or a diverse candidate since 40% of the town is Hispanic?

I know you're out there.

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The deadline for filing a petition to run for the Kearny Board of Education, is Tuesday, March 8th. Petitions must be filed with the Board Secretary, Mr. DeVita, at the Board office at Franklin School by 4 pm. Petitions can be downloaded from the School Boards Association web site at http://www.njsba.org/candidacy/petitionW.pdf or you can pick one up at the Board office at Franklin School. To be eligible, your petition must have the signatures of at least 10 registered voters, one of who can be the candidate.

You can make a difference!

Should the school district convert Franklin School to a townwide middle school and make all other elementary schools K to 6?

Or should the Board of Education redistrict existing schools to balance school populations without creating a middle school?

Should Kearny taxpayers spend more or less on the school district's budget?

What curriculum, program and staffing changes should be made to raise falling test scores?

Too many of us on this board are way too quick to criticize. How many will actually do something about it and pick up and fill out a petition? No excuses. Only 10 signatures in support of the candidacy are needed on the petition.

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Too many of us on this board are way too quick to criticize. How many will actually do something about it and pick up and fill out a petition? No excuses. Only 10 signatures in support of the candidacy are needed on the petition.

KUDOS!

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There isn't going to be a middle school!!!!! NO MONEY!!!!!!

Don't be fooled voters. If anyone has been at BOE meetings or PTA meetings Mr. Digesere (super) has petitioned extremely hard for a Middle School. Now that some of his puppets got beat in last years election, in part because of the push for a Middle School, he has taken it off the table......FOR NOW. He does not want to lose anymore puppets on the BOE so now he is putting together a "supers" ticket. Wait and see in the next couple of days who comes out of the closet to help the super and try to become the next puppet for the super. By the way, he, the super, is not suppose to get involved with the election, but as usual, break the rules to try to get his way.

Voters beware, the Middle School, as he has stated, "is his passion" and it will come up again, there is always money somewhere and if needed he will spend your tax dollars to get it!

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I hope we get candidates that come unbiased and without personal agendas. There are too many Board of Education members with immediate family members who work for the school district. How about a parent with a child in the district with no interest in getting a family member hired or promoted? Or a businessman that will represent taxpayers in the district's labor contract negotiations? Or a senior citizen who attended Kearny schools and cares about youth? Or a diverse candidate since 40% of the town is Hispanic?

I know you're out there.

Dave S, it's amazing how everybody you wished for in the above post has put in to be a candidate. What's even more amazing is that the "diverse" person you wished for is your running mate! People are not dumb and nobody likes to be played.......the "old" BOE is on the way out!

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Why are you starting crap already? Can't this town for once have an election where people listen to the candidates and decide how to vote? Not where they read trash from people that try to destroy families! I hope and pray that the voters of Kearny are above the nonsense that was allowed to take place on this board last year.

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Dave S, it's amazing how everybody you wished for in the above post has put in to be a candidate. What's even more amazing is that the "diverse" person you wished for is your running mate! People are not dumb and nobody likes to be played.......the "old" BOE is on the way out!

I'm not a Dave. I'm a Kearny Dude whose first name does not begin with D!

I'm thrilled we'll have a choice on election day April 27!

Yes, a senior citizen in Viscuso.

Yes, diversity in Valdez, Ribeiro and Conceico.

Yes, a finance person from the private sector in Ribeiro.

Yes, youth in Valdez and Conceico.

I'm concerned that there are so many government employees who are running: Plaugic from Police, Pettigrew from Fire, Conceico from town, Viscuso retired from Fire, Leadbeater disabled from PATH.

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I'm not a Dave. I'm a Kearny Dude whose first name does not begin with D!

I'm thrilled we'll have a choice on election day April 27!

Yes, a senior citizen in Viscuso.

Yes, diversity in Valdez, Ribeiro and Conceico.

Yes, a finance person from the private sector in Ribeiro.

Yes, youth in Valdez and Conceico.

I'm concerned that there are so many government employees who are running: Plaugic from Police, Pettigrew from Fire, Conceico from town, Viscuso retired from Fire, Leadbeater disabled from PATH.

There is always a choice, but can the voters make the right choice? If you are a Kearny dude, than you should be able to connect the dots. Some of the listed candidates are hand picked by the super to secure a Seat. They have no intention of getting involved for the right reasons, only to carry on the tradition of business as usual.

You forgot 2 candidates, Stevenson and Campbell, both up for re-election.

Stevenson, there are too many reasons to list as to why he should not come back. It is time for him to go while he can do it on his own accord.

Valdez, a young kid brought in by Stevenson, who has not a clue what is going on, being used by the Stevenson team as a wild card because of his diversity.

Viscuso, yes a senior, but hand picked by Mr. Digesere to come and save the day. At 75 years old and previous time on the Board, his actions from the past are the very same practices of the Super, he hired unqualified people, especially friends and family. He is exactly what the Board does not need, yes men for business as usual.

Pettigrew, a direct link to the Town Council, his wife is a councilwoman. They have shown way to much interest in the BOE, you see the Town is not hiring and in a bad financial situation, so where are the jobs?.........exactly......the BOE. This candidate, because of his wives position on the Council, is quite possibly in Conflict.

Campbell, you know what you get with him. He always has the kids first and foremost. As far as being controversial......if asking questions and probing into issues which are arrogantly carried through by the Super and his puppets than call him what he is, but the guy does asked the questions nobody else will and the Super and his puppets want him gone. So ask yourself .....why do they want him gone so bad?

Conceico, can't say anything about him, don't know him, but he does work for the Town.

Leadbeater, think he would be an excellent addition to the BOE. He has been very active with watching what is going on at the BOE. He will not be a Yes man, lives and breathes Kearny and will get involved for the right reasons.

Plaugic, very energetic, will bring much needed life to the BOE. Lifelong Kearny guy, who also will not be a Yes man. This is a guy who saw first hand the BS, foul play of Super and his puppets.

Rebiero, by far the most qualified of all candidates. Here is a guy who has absolutely NO AGENDA, NO BAGGAGE! A highly qualified CPA, kids in the school system, oblivious to any of the BS on the BOE, just wants to get involved to give back to the community and do his best.

So, you see, if you are a Kearny Dude, you would know this is fact, no typical political BS. This was a very Kind bio on the candidates, some of them have serious skeletons in the closet , but I did not go there and they know it!

As I previously wrote, I hope the voters can make the right choice, for if they don't, it will be business as usual and they will have nobody to blame but themselves.

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There is always a choice, but can the voters make the right choice? If you are a Kearny dude, than you should be able to connect the dots. Some of the listed candidates are hand picked by the super to secure a Seat. They have no intention of getting involved for the right reasons, only to carry on the tradition of business as usual.

You forgot 2 candidates, Stevenson and Campbell, both up for re-election.

Stevenson, there are too many reasons to list as to why he should not come back. It is time for him to go while he can do it on his own accord.

Valdez, a young kid brought in by Stevenson, who has not a clue what is going on, being used by the Stevenson team as a wild card because of his diversity.

Viscuso, yes a senior, but hand picked by Mr. Digesere to come and save the day. At 75 years old and previous time on the Board, his actions from the past are the very same practices of the Super, he hired unqualified people, especially friends and family. He is exactly what the Board does not need, yes men for business as usual.

Pettigrew, a direct link to the Town Council, his wife is a councilwoman. They have shown way to much interest in the BOE, you see the Town is not hiring and in a bad financial situation, so where are the jobs?.........exactly......the BOE. This candidate, because of his wives position on the Council, is quite possibly in Conflict.

Campbell, you know what you get with him. He always has the kids first and foremost. As far as being controversial......if asking questions and probing into issues which are arrogantly carried through by the Super and his puppets than call him what he is, but the guy does asked the questions nobody else will and the Super and his puppets want him gone. So ask yourself .....why do they want him gone so bad?

Conceico, can't say anything about him, don't know him, but he does work for the Town.

Leadbeater, think he would be an excellent addition to the BOE. He has been very active with watching what is going on at the BOE. He will not be a Yes man, lives and breathes Kearny and will get involved for the right reasons.

Plaugic, very energetic, will bring much needed life to the BOE. Lifelong Kearny guy, who also will not be a Yes man. This is a guy who saw first hand the BS, foul play of Super and his puppets.

Rebiero, by far the most qualified of all candidates. Here is a guy who has absolutely NO AGENDA, NO BAGGAGE! A highly qualified CPA, kids in the school system, oblivious to any of the BS on the BOE, just wants to get involved to give back to the community and do his best.

So, you see, if you are a Kearny Dude, you would know this is fact, no typical political BS. This was a very Kind bio on the candidates, some of them have serious skeletons in the closet , but I did not go there and they know it!

As I previously wrote, I hope the voters can make the right choice, for if they don't, it will be business as usual and they will have nobody to blame but themselves.

You are really right on the money "Town Watch."

Viscuso, Stevenson, and Pettigrew all have more connections to the BOE than Bell Tele. Electing these people would give FG all the votes he needs to get his "Middle School" agenda passed. If FG liked the middle school in Bloomfield so much, why didn't he stay in Bloomfield?

Time to get some people who have the back bone to stand up to the Super and his cronies. Remember, "The Fish Stinks From the Head." The School District smells. But it can be mended with the right people taking over the Board and keeping the Super in check.

Just a side bar--When is the BOE going to take the signs off the building on the corner of Midland and Elm? Is the BOE going to use the building or lease it? It was a liquor store and a Hall for Rent upstairs with the name Monaco on it--remember Zibby?

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You are really right on the money "Town Watch."

Viscuso, Stevenson, and Pettigrew all have more connections to the BOE than Bell Tele. Electing these people would give FG all the votes he needs to get his "Middle School" agenda passed. If FG liked the middle school in Bloomfield so much, why didn't he stay in Bloomfield?

Time to get some people who have the back bone to stand up to the Super and his cronies. Remember, "The Fish Stinks From the Head." The School District smells. But it can be mended with the right people taking over the Board and keeping the Super in check.

Just a side bar--When is the BOE going to take the signs off the building on the corner of Midland and Elm? Is the BOE going to use the building or lease it? It was a liquor store and a Hall for Rent upstairs with the name Monaco on it--remember Zibby?

Viscuso, Stephenson and Pettigrew sounds a hell of alot better then Campbell, Plaugic and Ruberio.

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Why are you starting crap already? Can't this town for once have an election where people listen to the candidates and decide how to vote? Not where they read trash from people that try to destroy families! I hope and pray that the voters of Kearny are above the nonsense that was allowed to take place on this board last year.

You have to be able to see through the crap and believe the facts. Last year (3) honest, sincere candidates stepped up because they cared about their community and wanted to make it better they were attacked with false statements consistently. All (3) had no agenda and because they had the guts to run they were slandered. This time around you look at who came out of the "WOODWORK" and ask yourself why would these people run? It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure it out! My advice is if you don't like the "FIRE" stay out of the kitchen. If people with no issues can be attacked surely people with bones buried are fair game. Thicken up your skin, it goes with the territory.

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Why are you starting crap already? Can't this town for once have an election where people listen to the candidates and decide how to vote? Not where they read trash from people that try to destroy families! I hope and pray that the voters of Kearny are above the nonsense that was allowed to take place on this board last year.

Amazing! Do you believe in people who live in glass houses should not throw stones? On this same board, on March 1, 2011, under the heading "Board of Ed Candidate" you posted about John Plaugic, a negative, false accusation which also brings in his family! Now you go and post the above statement on March 11, 2011??????

Pay close attention Kearny Voters for these are the people who are trying to attack good, honest candidates, who have the kids and taxpayers in mind and the ambition to make the RIGHT choices for them!

Steer clear of the Stevenson, Viscuso, Valdez, Pettigrew ticket. This is only the first of many false and misleading statements they will make. See through their nonsense and elect people who will not lower themselves to their ways!

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There is always a choice, but can the voters make the right choice? If you are a Kearny dude, than you should be able to connect the dots. Some of the listed candidates are hand picked by the super to secure a Seat. They have no intention of getting involved for the right reasons, only to carry on the tradition of business as usual.

You forgot 2 candidates, Stevenson and Campbell, both up for re-election.

Stevenson, there are too many reasons to list as to why he should not come back. It is time for him to go while he can do it on his own accord.

Valdez, a young kid brought in by Stevenson, who has not a clue what is going on, being used by the Stevenson team as a wild card because of his diversity.

Viscuso, yes a senior, but hand picked by Mr. Digesere to come and save the day. At 75 years old and previous time on the Board, his actions from the past are the very same practices of the Super, he hired unqualified people, especially friends and family. He is exactly what the Board does not need, yes men for business as usual.

Pettigrew, a direct link to the Town Council, his wife is a councilwoman. They have shown way to much interest in the BOE, you see the Town is not hiring and in a bad financial situation, so where are the jobs?.........exactly......the BOE. This candidate, because of his wives position on the Council, is quite possibly in Conflict.

Campbell, you know what you get with him. He always has the kids first and foremost. As far as being controversial......if asking questions and probing into issues which are arrogantly carried through by the Super and his puppets than call him what he is, but the guy does asked the questions nobody else will and the Super and his puppets want him gone. So ask yourself .....why do they want him gone so bad?

Conceico, can't say anything about him, don't know him, but he does work for the Town.

Leadbeater, think he would be an excellent addition to the BOE. He has been very active with watching what is going on at the BOE. He will not be a Yes man, lives and breathes Kearny and will get involved for the right reasons.

Plaugic, very energetic, will bring much needed life to the BOE. Lifelong Kearny guy, who also will not be a Yes man. This is a guy who saw first hand the BS, foul play of Super and his puppets.

Rebiero, by far the most qualified of all candidates. Here is a guy who has absolutely NO AGENDA, NO BAGGAGE! A highly qualified CPA, kids in the school system, oblivious to any of the BS on the BOE, just wants to get involved to give back to the community and do his best.

So, you see, if you are a Kearny Dude, you would know this is fact, no typical political BS. This was a very Kind bio on the candidates, some of them have serious skeletons in the closet , but I did not go there and they know it!

As I previously wrote, I hope the voters can make the right choice, for if they don't, it will be business as usual and they will have nobody to blame but themselves.

Town Watch, you're definitely pre-decided. I on the other hand am just trying to figure out the best candidates as a Kearny Dude with no personal agenda. Maybe you can help me out with more information on your opinions:

1. Pettigrew: being a spouse of a council person does not create a conflict. That's because wives have not been considered dependents of their husbands for almost a century now. Each can have a career. What makes you think Pettigrew is doing it for the "jobs"?

2. Campbell: I'm leary of the incumbents. How has Campbell made Kearny education better as a Board of Ed member for over 6 years?

3. Plaugic: doesn't he have at least one immediate family member working for the district?

4. Leadbeater: I didn't know he was "actively watching" the Kearny school district. Is John Leadbeater for or against a townwide middle school at Franklin School?

5. Viscuso: He was on the Board of Education some 20+ years ago. Who was hired by the district then that you claim are "unqualified people"?

6. Valdez: do you know him personally or are you assuming that all young people are "kids" who don't have a "clue"?

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? WHO IS FG?????? :blink:

You are really right on the money "Town Watch."

Viscuso, Stevenson, and Pettigrew all have more connections to the BOE than Bell Tele. Electing these people would give FG all the votes he needs to get his "Middle School" agenda passed. If FG liked the middle school in Bloomfield so much, why didn't he stay in Bloomfield?

Time to get some people who have the back bone to stand up to the Super and his cronies. Remember, "The Fish Stinks From the Head." The School District smells. But it can be mended with the right people taking over the Board and keeping the Super in check.

Just a side bar--When is the BOE going to take the signs off the building on the corner of Midland and Elm? Is the BOE going to use the building or lease it? It was a liquor store and a Hall for Rent upstairs with the name Monaco on it--remember Zibby?

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I would like to introduce myself to the KearnyOnTheWeb forum. My name is Dinis Conceicao and I will be running for the Board of Education this year. I’m a long time resident of Kearny and have attended Kearny Public Schools since the 2nd grade until my KHS graduation. I graduated from NJIT with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. Our Kearny school system has declined in recent years with poor standard test scores and unusual polices. I’m hoping to bring fresh ideas into our school system and welcome any ideas for improvements. If you have any questions you can email me at dinisc@gmail.com or reply to any comments given in this forum.

Note* I’m having trouble registering my name on this board is it possible that the admin of the forum email me so this can be resolved.

There is always a choice, but can the voters make the right choice? If you are a Kearny dude, than you should be able to connect the dots. Some of the listed candidates are hand picked by the super to secure a Seat. They have no intention of getting involved for the right reasons, only to carry on the tradition of business as usual.

You forgot 2 candidates, Stevenson and Campbell, both up for re-election.

Stevenson, there are too many reasons to list as to why he should not come back. It is time for him to go while he can do it on his own accord.

Valdez, a young kid brought in by Stevenson, who has not a clue what is going on, being used by the Stevenson team as a wild card because of his diversity.

Viscuso, yes a senior, but hand picked by Mr. Digesere to come and save the day. At 75 years old and previous time on the Board, his actions from the past are the very same practices of the Super, he hired unqualified people, especially friends and family. He is exactly what the Board does not need, yes men for business as usual.

Pettigrew, a direct link to the Town Council, his wife is a councilwoman. They have shown way to much interest in the BOE, you see the Town is not hiring and in a bad financial situation, so where are the jobs?.........exactly......the BOE. This candidate, because of his wives position on the Council, is quite possibly in Conflict.

Campbell, you know what you get with him. He always has the kids first and foremost. As far as being controversial......if asking questions and probing into issues which are arrogantly carried through by the Super and his puppets than call him what he is, but the guy does asked the questions nobody else will and the Super and his puppets want him gone. So ask yourself .....why do they want him gone so bad?

Conceico, can't say anything about him, don't know him, but he does work for the Town.

Leadbeater, think he would be an excellent addition to the BOE. He has been very active with watching what is going on at the BOE. He will not be a Yes man, lives and breathes Kearny and will get involved for the right reasons.

Plaugic, very energetic, will bring much needed life to the BOE. Lifelong Kearny guy, who also will not be a Yes man. This is a guy who saw first hand the BS, foul play of Super and his puppets.

Rebiero, by far the most qualified of all candidates. Here is a guy who has absolutely NO AGENDA, NO BAGGAGE! A highly qualified CPA, kids in the school system, oblivious to any of the BS on the BOE, just wants to get involved to give back to the community and do his best.

So, you see, if you are a Kearny Dude, you would know this is fact, no typical political BS. This was a very Kind bio on the candidates, some of them have serious skeletons in the closet , but I did not go there and they know it!

As I previously wrote, I hope the voters can make the right choice, for if they don't, it will be business as usual and they will have nobody to blame but themselves.

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Viscuso, Stephenson and Pettigrew sounds a hell of alot better then Campbell, Plaugic and Ruberio.

Check your facts. You have it all wrong. Pettigrew is not running, and Campbell has nothing to do with Plaugic and Ribeiro, does not even know one of them.

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I would like to introduce myself to the KearnyOnTheWeb forum. My name is Dinis Conceicao and I will be running for the Board of Education this year. I’m a long time resident of Kearny and have attended Kearny Public Schools since the 2nd grade until my KHS graduation. I graduated from NJIT with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. Our Kearny school system has declined in recent years with poor standard test scores and unusual polices. I’m hoping to bring fresh ideas into our school system and welcome any ideas for improvements. If you have any questions you can email me at dinisc@gmail.com or reply to any comments given in this forum.

Note* I’m having trouble registering my name on this board is it possible that the admin of the forum email me so this can be resolved.

On March 16, I will be attending The Kearny Taxpayers Association meeting that will take place at 7:30 pm in the Lithuanian Catholic Community Center . The LCC center is located at 6 Davis Ave in Kearny. I was invited for a question and answer section about running for the Board of Ed. I was advised that other candidates will also attend. If anyone is interested in going, you are more than welcome to do so.

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Town Watch, you're definitely pre-decided. I on the other hand am just trying to figure out the best candidates as a Kearny Dude with no personal agenda. Maybe you can help me out with more information on your opinions:

1. Pettigrew: being a spouse of a council person does not create a conflict. That's because wives have not been considered dependents of their husbands for almost a century now. Each can have a career. What makes you think Pettigrew is doing it for the "jobs"?

2. Campbell: I'm leary of the incumbents. How has Campbell made Kearny education better as a Board of Ed member for over 6 years?

3. Plaugic: doesn't he have at least one immediate family member working for the district?

4. Leadbeater: I didn't know he was "actively watching" the Kearny school district. Is John Leadbeater for or against a townwide middle school at Franklin School?

5. Viscuso: He was on the Board of Education some 20+ years ago. Who was hired by the district then that you claim are "unqualified people"?

6. Valdez: do you know him personally or are you assuming that all young people are "kids" who don't have a "clue"?

Kearny Dude you're reading too deep. Take the statements as they are written, nothing more nothing less.

I will try to help you understand better:

You are wrong with you comment about being pre-decided. I listed the candidates, wrote the truth and you assumed the rest. There are (9) candidates mentioned, only (3) seats to be filled.

1- I don't need to explain this one because Pettigrew dropped out. Note: there is case law that husband/wives serving as an elected public official can not have husband/wives on school boards within the same Town.

2- I can understand the concern with incumbents, Stevenson has been around way too long, he has ran his own business **** *** ****** ***** *** *** he works for someone else. Do you really want him around with a 40 million dollar construction project about to begin? Campbell has been fighting an uphill battle for years. He really means well, but his constituents can't stand him and that's because he does not go along with their game of appointing friends and family. Check his record, he has been voting against the machine for years.

3- Plaugic, *** *** was hired recently, but what does that matter to you? Almost every BOE member has some relative working in district. What you may not know is that once you become a BOE member a relative can not be hired as per a nepotism policy put in place a few years ago. Unless you are a puppet ** *** ***** and circumvent the system and **** **** ******* while serving as a BOE member as in the case of an existing BOE member who is not seeking re-election, guess *** got what *** wanted.

4- Leadbeater, he is against a Middle School at Franklin. He has spoken out at Board meetings regarding this topic. He has also witnessed first hand the Super pulling the strings above the puppets and knows this must stop.

5- Viscuso, is not here for no other reason but to try to secure a seat for the Super and vote for his underhanded practices. You see old timers will know the facts on Zibby. He played the game then and he will play the game again, if elected. I will give you one of many names which he saw to it that they were hired when he was on the BOE. **** ********* was hired, without any teacher certification to work in the ******* ******** teaching position at KHS. A close personal friend of his who was unqualified for the position. I believe there is more to his running...possibly the fact that the building on Midland Ave, which the BOE bought for a million $$$ was at one time owned by his inlaws. The building is now a money pit, sitting vacant for a year.

6- Valdez, this is the one where you really read too deep. When you're my age anyone under 50 is a "kid". I don't know him personnally, but he is friends with **** son and ***** who single handedly corrupted the voting for BOE last year. What is meant by does not have a clue, is that he does not have a clue as to what goes on at the BOE, just like you......but I did take the time to explain.

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Kearny Dude you're reading too deep. Take the statements as they are written, nothing more nothing less.

I will try to help you understand better:

You are wrong with you comment about being pre-decided. I listed the candidates, wrote the truth and you assumed the rest. There are (9) candidates mentioned, only (3) seats to be filled.

1- I don't need to explain this one because Pettigrew dropped out. Note: there is case law that husband/wives serving as an elected public official can not have husband/wives on school boards within the same Town.

2- I can understand the concern with incumbents, Stevenson has been around way too long, he has ran his own business **** *** ****** ***** *** *** he works for someone else. Do you really want him around with a 40 million dollar construction project about to begin? Campbell has been fighting an uphill battle for years. He really means well, but his constituents can't stand him and that's because he does not go along with their game of appointing friends and family. Check his record, he has been voting against the machine for years.

3- Plaugic, *** *** was hired recently, but what does that matter to you? Almost every BOE member has some relative working in district. What you may not know is that once you become a BOE member a relative can not be hired as per a nepotism policy put in place a few years ago. Unless you are a puppet ** *** ***** and circumvent the system and **** **** ******* while serving as a BOE member as in the case of an existing BOE member who is not seeking re-election, guess *** got what *** wanted.

4- Leadbeater, he is against a Middle School at Franklin. He has spoken out at Board meetings regarding this topic. He has also witnessed first hand the Super pulling the strings above the puppets and knows this must stop.

5- Viscuso, is not here for no other reason but to try to secure a seat for the Super and vote for his underhanded practices. You see old timers will know the facts on Zibby. He played the game then and he will play the game again, if elected. I will give you one of many names which he saw to it that they were hired when he was on the BOE. **** ********* was hired, without any teacher certification to work in the ******* ******** teaching position at KHS. A close personal friend of his who was unqualified for the position. I believe there is more to his running...possibly the fact that the building on Midland Ave, which the BOE bought for a million $$$ was at one time owned by his inlaws. The building is now a money pit, sitting vacant for a year.

6- Valdez, this is the one where you really read too deep. When you're my age anyone under 50 is a "kid". I don't know him personnally, but he is friends with **** son and ***** who single handedly corrupted the voting for BOE last year. What is meant by does not have a clue, is that he does not have a clue as to what goes on at the BOE, just like you......but I did take the time to explain.

If you're not pre-decided then you should go over some of your views.

1. Although it's moot, you're wrong. The law is:

Board of education members may not, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:12-2 and 12-3:

i. Be the mayor or a member of the governing body of the municipality or, in the

case of special services or vocational schools, the county, or;

ii. Have a direct, or indirect, contract with or claim against the board.

There is no restriction for Mr. Pettigrew to serve on one board and Mrs. Pettigrew on the other.

2. Yes, the years go by and how has education gotten better under those incumbents?

3. It matters to me because I think a Board of Ed member with an immediate family member will be biased. Sure, he or she will recuse themselves on direct votes but there's so many other ways it can be abused. And, by the way, I don't think the hiring of that candidate's family member has been finalized. So it's very much an alive issue.

4. That's odd because Leadbeater has never posted on this board that he's against a townwide middle school at Franklin School. He might have told you one thing and somebody else the opposite. Even more odd is that Leadbeater posted on this board a couple of months ago that he supported an unelected board of education that would be appointed by the Mayor and Council. It makes his running for elected board of education bizarre. If elected, will he then campaign to abolish himself?

5. This was redacted so I'm not able to judge your statement.

6. I would think not having a "clue" would be a good thing if you want a disinterested voice on the board. Is he honest? Is he smart? Since he is a recent graduate of Kearny schools, I want to hear what he has to say about improving the district. As to the Board member who got an immediate family member hired through a loophole, I agree, how pathetic. Here's the law:

Existing relatives who are employed by the district may remain employed and be promoted. In exceptional situations, a district may employ a relative of a school board member or chief school administrator but only with approval from the Executive County Superintendent of Schools, which will only be granted if the district demonstrates that it conducted a thorough search for candidates and that the relative is the only qualified and available person for the position.

How "thorough" do you think that search was?

For most of the Board of Education, it really looks like a self-interested game they're playing. I may not agree with your details, but I agree with your conclusion.

How to end this? There has to be a unified opposition.

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If you're not pre-decided then you should go over some of your views.

1. Although it's moot, you're wrong. The law is:

Board of education members may not, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:12-2 and 12-3:

i. Be the mayor or a member of the governing body of the municipality or, in the

case of special services or vocational schools, the county, or;

ii. Have a direct, or indirect, contract with or claim against the board.

There is no restriction for Mr. Pettigrew to serve on one board and Mrs. Pettigrew on the other.

2. Yes, the years go by and how has education gotten better under those incumbents?

3. It matters to me because I think a Board of Ed member with an immediate family member will be biased. Sure, he or she will recuse themselves on direct votes but there's so many other ways it can be abused. And, by the way, I don't think the hiring of that candidate's family member has been finalized. So it's very much an alive issue.

4. That's odd because Leadbeater has never posted on this board that he's against a townwide middle school at Franklin School. He might have told you one thing and somebody else the opposite. Even more odd is that Leadbeater posted on this board a couple of months ago that he supported an unelected board of education that would be appointed by the Mayor and Council. It makes his running for elected board of education bizarre. If elected, will he then campaign to abolish himself?

5. This was redacted so I'm not able to judge your statement.

6. I would think not having a "clue" would be a good thing if you want a disinterested voice on the board. Is he honest? Is he smart? Since he is a recent graduate of Kearny schools, I want to hear what he has to say about improving the district. As to the Board member who got an immediate family member hired through a loophole, I agree, how pathetic. Here's the law:

Existing relatives who are employed by the district may remain employed and be promoted. In exceptional situations, a district may employ a relative of a school board member or chief school administrator but only with approval from the Executive County Superintendent of Schools, which will only be granted if the district demonstrates that it conducted a thorough search for candidates and that the relative is the only qualified and available person for the position.

How "thorough" do you think that search was?

For most of the Board of Education, it really looks like a self-interested game they're playing. I may not agree with your details, but I agree with your conclusion.

How to end this? There has to be a unified opposition.

"loophole" please explain. I thought that the County approved any appoinments for "relatives" and gave written statement to the fact before any vote by the board took place. I may be wrong, but I was in the audience that night and that was what was stated by the board attorney and superintendent.

As far as Mr. Leadbetter, maybe he is just tired of the same old nonsense on the board. There seems to be two groups working against eachother and that isn't good for the kids. The education of the students should be the number one priority, but sad to say, it is not. Both sides, at times, are wrong, yet neither side thinks that way.

Attend a board meeting and listen. Listen to everything that is said, the comments, the back and forth digs at eachother. It is ridiculous.

Any person who runs for the board really needs to make sure that this is what they want. That they can deal with the abuse from people who don't agree with them. I go to these meetings and am amazed at what I see.

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Town Watch, you're definitely pre-decided. I on the other hand am just trying to figure out the best candidates as a Kearny Dude with no personal agenda. Maybe you can help me out with more information on your opinions:

1. Pettigrew: being a spouse of a council person does not create a conflict. That's because wives have not been considered dependents of their husbands for almost a century now. Each can have a career. What makes you think Pettigrew is doing it for the "jobs"?

2. Campbell: I'm leary of the incumbents. How has Campbell made Kearny education better as a Board of Ed member for over 6 years?

3. Plaugic: doesn't he have at least one immediate family member working for the district?

4. Leadbeater: I didn't know he was "actively watching" the Kearny school district. Is John Leadbeater for or against a townwide middle school at Franklin School?

5. Viscuso: He was on the Board of Education some 20+ years ago. Who was hired by the district then that you claim are "unqualified people"?

6. Valdez: do you know him personally or are you assuming that all young people are "kids" who don't have a "clue"?

1. Being the spouse of an councilwoman who brought FD back and does everything in her power ( Including making her husband run)creates more than a conflict, it creates FRAUD. The councilwoman has an agenda and it doesn't include taking care of our town or our kids. Politics and the BOE are supposed to be seperate. Why are all these politicians taking such an active roll EVERY year during BOE elections? Threatening candidates and their families if they rock the boat. Just becasue Pettigrew throws in her maiden name Cifelli to get more votes means NOTHING. Her freeloader relative AL, I meant freeholder is useless. Just another person sucking money from Hudson County tax payers like Laura. Her and Doyle are thick as theives and are all for FD. Doyle made sure her son-in-law got to be principal at Roosevelt School, what is Pettigrew/Cifelli/ *** woman up to?

2. Cambell can't do much with the vote lined up in FD favor every year. At least he doesn't bend over like the other spineless dependents of FD.

3. Plaugic has a son working at the BOE, who has already been threatened by the Nazis becasue his Dad dares exercising his constitutional right to run for an BOE seat.

4. Leadbeater is a waste of time and print. He can't win a one horse race. If he isn't smart enough to stop his endless pursuit of notarity what good is he to us? Leadbeater is a McDonald afn and backer and therefore PART OF THE PROBLEM NOT THE SOLUTION.

5. Visuso is just another FD attempt to use his influence ( Lie hire Viscuso's wife) to control the BOE and get a Middle School into Kearny.

6. Valdez is a token hispanic FD and Stevenson are using to court the hispanic vote. Desperation at it's worst.

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