Mason on the Board of Education

4/11/2008:

The Board of Education campaigning reaches the final stretch, and here’s an endorsement from Councilwoman Beth Mason:

Beth Mason Supports Sullivan, Rosenberg, Snyder

beth-mason-hoboken-board-of-education-endorsements.jpg“Education is one of the long-lasting gifts we can provide our children. Tuesday, your vote can determine the direction our schools will take to offer the best education possible.

As the Second Ward representative I seek to make decisions I believe are in the best interest of those I represent. The future of our students, teachers, taxpayers and ultimately our country is too important simply to vote for “slates” of school board candidates. Candidates should stand individually on their involvement, experience and the dedication toward creating a school district that works for all our children. I have been watching first hand three candidates make a difference whether serving on the board or not. They have been investing their time and efforts outside of work and family by challenging not only the school board but themselves.

While regularly attending board meetings, Maureen Sullivan fights for the accountability we crave. As the Connors School PTO President, Maureen works tirelessly and gives parents unable to attend board meetings a voice. Maureen calls it like she sees it, using her skills as a journalist to expose hypocrisy in the system and like a determined mom never taking “no” for an answer. Maureen encourages parent involvement and seeks to hold administrators accountable for the decisions they make. Spend time with her and you will get to know a passionate advocate for students and taxpayers alike.

Ron Rosenberg has been an advocate for the education of Hoboken’s children for many years. Ron was a founder of the Kaplan Pre-school and briefly served on the Board of Education. Ron helped reduce the influence of special interests, by working to pass Pay-to-Play campaign contribution reform at both the city and school board levels. Ron’s goal of increasing student performance and lowering per-pupil costs that have skyrocketed to nearly $25,000 a year can be reached with your vote.

Tricia Snyder, educator and economist, took on a challenge few would address in their first year on the board– serving as Finance Committee Chair. During Tricia’s one-year term she fought for our students and found ways to ensure that young teachers remained under difficult circumstances. I was proud to support Tricia’s successful candidacy last year, and hope you will join me in supporting her return to the board.

I encourage the other candidates who truly are interested in addressing the critical issues our school district faces to stay involved. Take a close look and I believe you, too, will vote for 2, 3, and 8–Maureen Sullivan, Ron Rosenberg, and Tricia Snyder. Vote Tuesday.”

Beth Mason

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53 Comments on "Mason on the Board of Education"

Margaret
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note to “keep asking”. When my three sons went all through the system, starting at the YMCA (pre school) and going through Wallace, Brandt, Calabro (when the children were shifted around) and Hoboken High School, I was inside working
and going to Board Meetings continuously. People who ran sat with us and we had brainstorming meetings with the parents and administrators and two teachers also present. There were MINUTES which I took and wrote, and I was actively involved as a PTO and PTA President and SCRIBE at the many meetings to better the system. Sixties, Seventies and Eighties saw me put all three of my sons through THIS system. Now I believe what is written and read carefully the qualifications of each new person who wants to sit on the board.

SOME LIED..(DE FALCO) just to get on the Board. Some were only interested in “handling” the millions in the budget,
and a few were on site on target I care cause my kids are in here people. I tried to vote for THEM…

Sometimes the hype gets in the way. Next time since I have all this experience and know the tricks and ins and outs of
running I might just run myself…

Margaret

Journey
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Journey
What I wa[quote comment=”78500″][quote comment=”78489″]Margaret, I’m going to keep asking about this. [quote comment=”78430″][quote comment=”78403″][quote comment=”77844″]I’ve revealed who I’m going to vote for (well I’m still agonizing over my 3rd choice). Who are you voting for MARGARET?[/quote] I DID VOTE FOR 1 5 and 6! THE REASON IS THAT THEY COLLECTIVELY ARE ACTIVE AS PARENTS in the SYSTEM and want better for their own children and their own children’s classmates…MORE PARENTS ON THE BOARD has been my outcry since the sixties, through the seventies and the eighties..when I was ACTIVELY INVOLVED on a DAILY basis..THAT STILL HOLDS TRUE TODAY….[/quote] ********* What about DeFalco. He lied about sending his kid to public school, then signed him up for Hoboken Catholic a week before the election. Carmelo will have to drive him to the swearing in, I’m sure he doesn’t even know where the BoE is. :roll:[/quote] If Garcia and Rhodes-Kearns both care so much about the schools, explain the following facts from the Hoboken Reporter. [QUOTE]Both of Rhodes-Kearns’ two children graduated from County Prep High School, with her son currently attending Rutgers University and daughter attending the New Jersey City University. Garcia, who met and married his wife in Hoboken, is the executive deputy director of the Hoboken Housing Authority. He has two children currently enrolled in Hoboken public schools, while his oldest daughter attends Hoboken Catholic Academy.[/quote] Why didn’t they send their kids to Hoboken High School?[/quote] Why didn’t you go to the candidates forum & ask him yourself? Maybe… Read more »
HobokenKnight
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HobokenKnight
[quote comment=”78489″]Margaret, I’m going to keep asking about this. [quote comment=”78430″][quote comment=”78403″][quote comment=”77844″]I’ve revealed who I’m going to vote for (well I’m still agonizing over my 3rd choice). Who are you voting for MARGARET?[/quote] I DID VOTE FOR 1 5 and 6! THE REASON IS THAT THEY COLLECTIVELY ARE ACTIVE AS PARENTS in the SYSTEM and want better for their own children and their own children’s classmates…MORE PARENTS ON THE BOARD has been my outcry since the sixties, through the seventies and the eighties..when I was ACTIVELY INVOLVED on a DAILY basis..THAT STILL HOLDS TRUE TODAY….[/quote] ********* What about DeFalco. He lied about sending his kid to public school, then signed him up for Hoboken Catholic a week before the election. Carmelo will have to drive him to the swearing in, I’m sure he doesn’t even know where the BoE is. :roll:[/quote] If Garcia and Rhodes-Kearns both care so much about the schools, explain the following facts from the Hoboken Reporter. [QUOTE]Both of Rhodes-Kearns’ two children graduated from County Prep High School, with her son currently attending Rutgers University and daughter attending the New Jersey City University. Garcia, who met and married his wife in Hoboken, is the executive deputy director of the Hoboken Housing Authority. He has two children currently enrolled in Hoboken public schools, while his oldest daughter attends Hoboken Catholic Academy.[/quote] Why didn’t they send their kids to Hoboken High School?[/quote] Why didn’t you go to the candidates forum & ask him yourself? Maybe you can show… Read more »
matt_72
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[quote comment=”78403″][quote comment=”77844″]I’ve revealed who I’m going to vote for (well I’m still agonizing over my 3rd choice). Who are you voting for MARGARET?[/quote]
I DID VOTE FOR 1 5 and 6! THE REASON IS THAT THEY COLLECTIVELY ARE ACTIVE AS PARENTS in the SYSTEM and want better for their own children and their own children’s classmates…MORE PARENTS ON THE BOARD has been my outcry since the sixties, through the seventies and the eighties..when I was ACTIVELY INVOLVED on a DAILY basis..THAT STILL HOLDS TRUE TODAY….[/quote]

And Carmelo is also responsible for the out of control budget, but nevermind that little fact. I suppose he isn’t at all responsible for having 1 employee for every 4 kids (I would argue that is easily twice as many as the vast majority of school districts in the country).

Journey
Member
Journey

Margaret, I’m going to keep asking about this.

[quote comment=”78430″][quote comment=”78403″][quote comment=”77844″]I’ve revealed who I’m going to vote for (well I’m still agonizing over my 3rd choice). Who are you voting for MARGARET?[/quote]
I DID VOTE FOR 1 5 and 6! THE REASON IS THAT THEY COLLECTIVELY ARE ACTIVE AS PARENTS in the SYSTEM and want better for their own children and their own children’s classmates…MORE PARENTS ON THE BOARD has been my outcry since the sixties, through the seventies and the eighties..when I was ACTIVELY INVOLVED on a DAILY basis..THAT STILL HOLDS TRUE TODAY….[/quote]
*********
What about DeFalco. He lied about sending his kid to public school, then signed him up for Hoboken Catholic a week before the election. Carmelo will have to drive him to the swearing in, I’m sure he doesn’t even know where the BoE is. :roll:[/quote]

If Garcia and Rhodes-Kearns both care so much about the schools, explain the following facts from the Hoboken Reporter.

[QUOTE]Both of Rhodes-Kearns’ two children graduated from County Prep High School, with her son currently attending Rutgers University and daughter attending the New Jersey City University.

Garcia, who met and married his wife in Hoboken, is the executive deputy director of the Hoboken Housing Authority. He has two children currently enrolled in Hoboken public schools, while his oldest daughter attends Hoboken Catholic Academy.[/quote]

Why didn’t they send their kids to Hoboken High School?

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