Hoboken BoE Meeting Update
No surprise – Sobolov appointed!
The newest Hoboken Board of Education member is Irene Korman Sobolov, who was appointed last night to fill the seat vacated by too-busy-to-serve CPA Phil DeFalco.
Hoboken411 told you Irene had the inside track on the seat before the meeting, so it should come as no surprise she was appointed. Sobolov is a longtime active parent and schools booster who was part of the team of moms who stepped up this year to right the Kids First ship that politically motivated decisions had sunk the year before.
Irene is the opposite of Phil
Sobolov is in many ways the opposite of DeFalco. Irene is a lifelong born and raised resident, while DeFalco’s family fled Hoboken during bad years and came back when things improved. Sobolov has attended Board of Ed meetings for many years while DeFalco came to his first meeting only after being drafted to run for the board. Sobolov’s kids are in the public schools while DeFalco’s are not. However, DeFalco brought a greater amount of financial expertise than Sobolov has. However, some say recent school audit results show Phil’s skills weren’t paying the bills.
Scott Delea also considered
Of the other candidates, only Scott Delea seems to have been given any real consideration, though he never had a shot because Sobolov had the votes the day after DeFalco resigned. Board member Maureen Sullivan had nice things to say about Delea, which leads us to guess he’s being strongly considered for the Kids First 2010 ticket.
Sobolov will have to run to retain her seat in April along with Board President Rose Markle and Carrie Gilliard. The fourth seat due for a vote is occupied by the member with the longest tenure: City Clerk (and big vote getter) Jimmy Farina, who could anchor a ticket that could include Frank Raia and Anthony Oland. Delea would add a little testosterone balance to the Kids First ticket, as well as money. He would also bring some young professional credibility and business sense and experience to a 2010 Kids First ticket that currently lacks it. There will be pressure from Fifth Ward Democratic party players to again insert county politics into the schools by putting someone like Brian Assadourian on the KF2010 ticket, but that would mean two Wallace school parents (including Sobolov) which won’t play well in the land of Connors and Calabro.
The bottom line
With the appointment of Sobolov and the exit of former Superintendent Jack Raslowski, Kids First is firmly in control today. Whether they hold on to that power will be the question when four seats are up for grabs next spring.
Congratulations to Irene, who history shows is someone who will put kids – and not politics – first!
Big Board of Ed meeting tonight
Got a fat agenda for tonight’s Hoboken Board of Education Meeting – as well as the task of filling Phil De Falco’s seat he resigned from recently. Those in the running are: Nicholas Calicchio, Kyelia Colon, Scott DeLea, Jean Marie Mitchell, Anthony Oland, Laura Siegel and Irene Korman Sobolov (and possibly more).
Buzz on the street is that Sobolov might have the inside track for the job…
See agenda here, or click image below. Meeting takes place at 7pm (1115 Clinton Street).