Scott Delea wants Board of Ed seat…

12/11/2009:

For those of you following Hoboken’s political scene – here’s a letter from resident (and active politico) Scott Delea – and why he wants to be appointed for a Hoboken Board of Education Seat.

Why I’d like to serve on the Board of Education

By Scott Delea

scott-delea-hoboken-board-of-education-december-2009“A recent resignation has left a vacancy on the school board. As a result, the remaining eight board members will be electing an interim trustee next Tuesday, December 15th. After much consideration, I have decided to apply for the position and I need your help.

Despite some recent progress, our schools are failing our children and our taxpayers. We have one of the most expensive districts in the state and one of the worst performing. Recent audit results uncovered twelve instances of fiscal irregularity while test scores failed state standards in 9 of 14 categories.

The goal of the Hoboken Board of Education should be nothing less than to create one of the best school systems in the state. Change is desperately needed and will require trustees to have a proven track record of success dealing with multi-million dollar budgets and creating world-class organizations. Trustees must be unbiased, hard working, honest, and more interested in implementing policy than playing politics. We need board members who will work to provide the best education for every child regardless of whether that child is rich, poor, “born and raised”, or “just-arrived”.

After moving to Hoboken in 1997, I volunteered to tutor third graders at Connors School who needed help in math and reading. Shortly afterward, I started a volunteer-run charity called Party With Purpose to raise awareness and funds for local charities dedicated to improving the lives of our children. Over the past seven years, Party With Purpose has donated almost $200,000 to build computer centers, administer tutoring, serve meals, and provide safe places for our kids to learn and grow. Although I have not been blessed with children of my own yet, I feel I have many “adopted” kids in our community at places like the Boys and Girls Club where I have been actively involved as a board member for the past 6 years. I recently had the opportunity to view a school through the eyes of administrators and teachers when I was “Principal For A Day” at a K-8 school in Jersey City Heights attended by 1100 students who spoke over 15 different languages.

I believe I have the community and business experience to help the board make the necessary changes. My business career has consisted of work in education, finance, human resources, technology, and management. I recently served as President of a N.J. based Internet technology and marketing firm which grew to employ 150 people. Our company worked hard to create a great work environment that rewarded innovation, results, and efficiency. As a self-funded company, it was important for us to manage to a budget and we were adept at leveraging technology to become more effective. Our company had the distinct honor of being one of the “Fastest Growing Companies in N.J.” and “Best Places to Work” in the U.S. I believe the lessons learned during my eight years at the company can help us modernize and improve our schools while creating a fantastic work environment for teachers and administrators.

In closing, I hope you provide me with the opportunity to dedicate my time, energy and experience to the board. I promise to be objective, fair, and hard working until we create the school system our kids deserve. I welcome the opportunity to speak with you to answer any questions you have regarding my candidacy. I am available anytime at 201.988.7175 or via email at sdelea@gmail.com.”

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9 Comments on "Scott Delea wants Board of Ed seat…"

truth1
Member
truth1

Great Scott!

plywood
Member
plywood

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In response to truth1 who said:
Great Scott!

upyurs
Member
upyurs

Scott was an organizor of the Revolt group, it is now clear there was an agenda. What I find interesting is that he was pushing the council prior to the mayoral election to cut the budget. Since the election(which Revolt supported Ms Zimmer) Scott has not appeared. So, was he a front just like Revolt? You decide since he now wants to be a BOE member. Why appoint someone now, BOE has the majority vote of Kids First. The elction is in April, we can’t wait so the citizens can election?
This again appears to be another Ms Zimmer move just like the Mr Lenz move appointment now so that person is an incumbent.
So what has changed, these are the things the BnR did and now we are doing it. This town is something.

poed
Member
poed

You have to appoint within 65 days. The search for a new supt., interviews to be conducted,CAP to be introduced, plans for test score improvements, etc…strongly indicate a logial reason for the full board to be present and accountable.

In response to upyurs who said:
Scott was an organizor of the Revolt group, it is now clear there was an agenda. What I find interesting is that he was pushing the council prior to the mayoral election to cut the budget. Since the election(which Revolt supported Ms Zimmer) Scott has not appeared. So, was he a front just like Revolt? You decide since he now wants to be a BOE member. Why appoint someone now, BOE has the majority vote of Kids First. The elction is in April, we can’t wait so the citizens can election?
This again appears to be another Ms Zimmer move just like the Mr Lenz move appointment now so that person is an incumbent.
So what has changed, these are the things the BnR did and now we are doing it. This town is something.

keenobserver
Member
keenobserver

Scott often comes to the board meetings and is well-versed with the problems there. And I don’t believe he’s run for anything in at least three years. With the massive mess Jack left behind, the board needs someone with business and finance know-how. Of the candidates I’ve heard of, Scott is clearly the most qualified.

realstuff
Member
realstuff

Scott has not been to many Bd. of Ed. meetings – I know since I attend almost all of them; however, he may view them to stay attuned. Yes, he was active in REVOLT along with Dr. Metsch and has the good Dr.’s support for the Board. Yes, he has been quiet along with other’s regarding the budget. Yes, he did support Dave Roberts after his 1st attempt at public office. Yes, he is a real top contender to fill the vacancy. Time will tell.

In response to keenobserver who said:
Scott often comes to the board meetings and is well-versed with the problems there. And I don’t believe he’s run for anything in at least three years. With the massive mess Jack left behind, the board needs someone with business and finance know-how. Of the candidates I’ve heard of, Scott is clearly the most qualified.

poed
Member
poed

It’s odd that you say that, because I have only seen him at 2 board meetings- the final Hola vote meeting and the Budget meeting. Incidentally, Scott recently ran for 5th ward seat in 2007, and sent out almost an identical introduction letter.

Scott seems like a nice guy with business credentials. There seems to be a-lot of great candidates for this seat. Given the recent audit, test score data, per pupil expenditure and New Superintendent search, our School District needs someone who knows the nuances of Public Education and is up to speed with our many issues.

In response to keenobserver who said:
Scott often comes to the board meetings and is well-versed with the problems there. And I don’t believe he’s run for anything in at least three years. With the massive mess Jack left behind, the board needs someone with business and finance know-how. Of the candidates I’ve heard of, Scott is clearly the most qualified.

oceanbloo
Member
oceanbloo

Well, his credentials sound pretty impressive.

But this sounds like Raia Syndrome: run for any and every political office.

If one of the other candidates has been more involved on a regular basis in our current school system, I’d have to go with that person (without knowing more). I’m a fan of politicians who are focused, not those who want any political seat just for the heck of it.

jenfin
Member
jenfin

While I can’t speak to Scott’s previous experience and history with the BOE, I can speak to his commitment to the children of Hoboken. I have known Scott for many years and work closely with him in the charity events that were previously mentioned. As many of you know, Scott founded a local charity organization in Hoboken (Party With Purpose). I have worked with Scott for over five years in this organization and he has always made it a priority for our donations to directly benefit the children of Hoboken. In addition to raising money, Scott is extremely involved in the Boys and Girls club and other local children’s organizations. I can assure you that the children of Hoboken has always been a top priority to Scott.

In response to oceanbloo who said:
Well, his credentials sound pretty impressive.

But this sounds like Raia Syndrome: run for any and every political office.

If one of the other candidates has been more involved on a regular basis in our current school system, I’d have to go with that person (without knowing more). I’m a fan of politicians who are focused, not those who want any political seat just for the heck of it.

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