Vacancy at the Board of Ed
2/3/2009 4:11pm Update:
It turns out the Board of Education will not be conducting the interviews in public tonight. The open public process originally outlined by Board Secretary David Anthony to at least one candidate for the office will not be followed as written. Instead the board will go right into executive session, interview the candidates, and close without public comment. No vote will be taken tonight on the appointment, which is probably already a done deal.
Meeting tonight to interview candidates
Who will be appointed to the open seat on the Hoboken Board of Education?
The board meets tonight to interview the candidates and hear from the public. If you have an opinion on who should be picked tonight is your chance to speak up. Seven people remain in the running. In alphabetical order, they are:
- Theresa Burns
- Nicholas Calicchio, Jr.
- Ruth McAllister
- Kevin McDonough
- Kathleen Mone
- Anthony Oland
- Maureen Sullivan
Of the seven, two have run in an actual election for the board. Maureen Sullivan ran an impressive independent campaign last year and continues to be a strong advocate for change.
She received 863 votes (see full recap of that race here).
Despite her strong showing, chances of Sullivan being appointed by this board are slim. Still, she is the highest vote getter from the last election to throw her hat into the ring. Some say that alone should be enough.
Pupie’s pick? Burns perhaps?
Theresa Burns is an ex-trustee first elected with support from the Anthony Russo administration and later re-elected with support from David Roberts. She is a confidant of current board majordomo Frank “Pupie” Raia. When Burns ran for re-election in 2007 she got 751 votes, but needed 200 more to hold her seat. Trustee Carmelo Garcia may still hold a grudge that Burns filed ethics charges against him when she was still on the board.
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(Board of Ed vacancy, continued…)
If not Burns, then who?
If Burns lacks the votes she could be trumped by a compromise candidate. Anthony Oland is a dark horse fan of Superintendent Jack Raslowsky. In a recent email volley he sent out to people on a taxpayers’ advocacy mailing list, Oland claimed the Board of Education doesn’t have a spending problem. He’s a supporter of the HoLa program.
Cammarano groupie also applies
Nicholas Calicchio is a young supporter of Peter Cammarano who actively worked the streets of the fourth ward for Chris Campos. Calicchio publicly called out Councilman Mike Russo at the meeting where Hoboken Housing Authority Commissioner Angel Alicea lost his seat. He’s not likely to get support from the board (beyond maybe Garcia).
So how does the meeting work?
Board secretary David Anthony sent out this outline of how the meeting will go down:
- Each candidate (selected randomly) will be given the opportunity to give a presentation.
- This will be followed by questions and answers by the board members.
- Members of the public will be given 5 minutes each to comment on any or all of the candidates.
- Closed Executive Session (if necessary)
- The Board will decide if and when to appoint one of the candidates to the vacancy
Notice the “if and when” in step 5. If no candidate gains support from a majority of the 8 remaining board members the seat could remain vacant until the next election in April. Though conventional wisdom says it is better to have an incumbent in the seat, if the board can’t come to a consensus it could remain open for a few months ahead of the election.
The meeting starts at 6pm in the dreadful windowless basement meeting room at 1115 Clinton Street.
SEE ORIGINAL UPDATE BELOW…
During the last heated Hoboken Board of Education meeting, Hudson County Freeholder Anthony “Stick” Romano resigned, leaving an open seat.
You want this non-paying job? See announcement below.
Hoboken Board of Education Trustee Vacancy
The Hoboken Board of Education will be meeting on Tuesday, February 10, 2009 to select a Hoboken Board of Education Trustee to serve through the election of a replacement Trustee through April 21, 2009. It is our belief the widest possible pool of potential Trustees should be considered, including parents, former students and those interested community members, including those who might not be immediately aware of a potential vacancy. Further we believe that better results will be achieved, and public confidence will be enhanced when such vacancies are filled in an orderly, open and even handed established manner.
If you are a Hoboken, registered voter seeking to serve in this position, please submit your one-page resume and/or one-page cover explaining why you should be chosen to the Board Secretary by 4pm Monday, January 26, 2009. Please note that this is a volunteer position and has no salary or benefits.
Applications can be delivered by hand or mailed to 1115 Clinton Street, faxed to 201-356-3642 or e-mailed to NJ1DA@aol.com. All those who submit applications as above will also be interviewed at a Committee-of-the Whole Board meeting (date to be determined) and shall be able to speak on their on behalf.
David Anthony, Board Secretary