Hoboken BoE Meeting Update

12/16/2009 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 Sobolov appointed to Hoboken Board of Education

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!

12/15/2009:

Hoboken board of education Meeting December 15 2009

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).

Hoboken Board of Education Agenda December 15 2009

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100 Comments on "Hoboken BoE Meeting Update"

DEADMAU5
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DEADMAU5

WOULD THE OWNER OF THIS SITE PLEASE TAKE A POLL TO SEE HOW MANY PEOPLE TIVO OR RECORD THIS PUB ACCESS SHOW TO THEIR DVR?

truth1
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truth1

Question: Anyone have a guess who will be the next district Supt.?

DEADMAU5
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DEADMAU5

mooshu?

In response to truth1 who said:
Question: Anyone have a guess who will be the next district Supt.?

mooshu
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mooshu

No?

In response to DEADMAU5 who said:
mooshu?

DEADMAU5
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DEADMAU5

Plywood?

In response to mooshu who said:
No?

Watchmaker
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Watchmaker

A_Petrosino wrote: .03% = .003 They are equal….they are the same.

Don’t mean to be a nitpicker, but no, they are not. It should read 0.3% = 0.003 = 3/10%.

I hope this was just a simple oversight. 🙂

A_Petrosino
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A_Petrosino

Indeed a simple oversight– as I have said, it’s significantly less than 3/10 of 1% or as you indicated <.3%

In response to Watchmaker who said:
A_Petrosino wrote: .03% = .003 They are equal….they are the same.

Don’t mean to be a nitpicker, but no, they are not. It should read 0.3% = 0.003 = 3/10%.

I hope this was just a simple oversight. 🙂

Watchmaker
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Watchmaker
keenobserver just lost all credibility! I actually thought this was a good discussion: now I see that he/she simply hates Raslowski and Petrosino. Specifically: Kids need to learn the basics before they start critically thinking; I thought critical thinking IS the basics and should be thought as early as possible. That is what, I understand, Stevens Cooperative does right here in Hoboken. Perhaps that’s why Stevens is still the most sought after private school in town. they need to memorize times tables before they start using calculators … kids need structure and standards and rigor and grades and tests and rewards in their classrooms. Come again?!? This sounds like G.W. Bush’s Texas education system in the 90s, which is now discredited as it turned out to be a failure. If this is what KF are trying to do, then I say we recall them immediately! And just about everything you think you know about education is wrong. What is this based on: your feelings? Your own upbringing? Do you not realize how arrogant this sounds? I thought we were having a rational discussion, based on facts backed by statistics. Before Raslowsky, test scores in all the schools in most years compared rather favorably with many suburban districts. This makes no sense: why did we need him if things were so great before him? We just brought him for shits and giggles? And while we’re at it: what is the statistical error in those test scores? How sudden, swift and shocking… Read more »
Watchmaker
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Watchmaker

A_Petrosino said:

7) > Luckily Kids First is starting to turn it around.

Things were well on the way and on a positive trajectory before the current Board Majority took control—

– during the last two years there was a 58.8% increase in district scores in Instruction and Programs. Additionally, scores on NJQSAC were raised 70.5% in Fiscal Management

Hey keenobserver, could you please comment on this? You and A_Petrosino cannot both be right, so let us, please, find out who is.

BTW, I agree with poed and the rest of the guys who requested to remain anonymous: the free speech through anonymity is crucial for the functioning of our democracy.

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