“Real Results” Opposes Bloated Budget

4/12/2010 Update:

8 Days Left

Believe it or not – the Board of Education election is just a week and a day away. This year’s very crowded race is no where near as cut-and-dry as last year’s three on three battle. It was easy for people to choose “sides” last year. This year’s 12-candidate field is much more complicated, and it’s anybody’s guess who will come out on top. More on how the race is shaping up to come later. In the meantime, here’s a press release from the “Real Results” slate of candidates who claim the “Kids First” team has not lived up to their campaign promises.

Real Results: Hoboken Taxpayers Deserve a Break

“When voters go to the polls on Tuesday, April 20, the Real Results team urges them to vote NO on the school budget and yes for Kathleen Tucker (Line 5A), Perry Lin (7A), Liz Markevitch (10A) and John Forsman (2B). “There is a clear difference between Real Results and Kids First,” says Lin. “We think the Hoboken taxpayers deserve a break, and Kids First doesn’t.”

By passing a $57.9 million budget, the board voted against cutting school taxes for Hoboken residents for the year beginning July 1, despite a clear promise by the Kids First ticket a year ago that taxes would be cut. In fact, taxes may go up: The school tax rate has not yet been set, pending the outcome of the numerous tax appeals that have been filed. “After the city’s 47% overall tax hike a year ago, homeowners are going to be very disappointed that they’re not getting at least a cut in school taxes this year,” says Markevitch.

Yes, the board did lose $2.4 million in state aid. But Hoboken’s school budget is so bloated that the board filled most of the gap with just attrition and retirements. In fact, more than $900,000 of the lost state aid was offset with one-shot revenues, including a dubious sale and leaseback of the textbooks that the district already owns. This pawning of our textbooks is eerily reminiscent of the financial gimmicks former Mayor Dave Roberts used to balance the city budget before it blew up, especially the ill-fated leaseback deal for the Observer Highway municipal garage.

Tucker, Lin, Markevitch and Forsman believe that if the board had really focused on the fat in the budget, it would have been easy for Kids First to keep its tax-cut promise. But where was the hard look at where the money goes? Real Results isn’t alone in thinking that the board could have gone further. At the March 30 budget hearing, School Business Administrator Robert Davis said, “Can further cuts be made? Absolutely! Without question! You can always cut more in a budget.” Davis said he could cut “$1.5 million in 5 minutes; it’s not hard to do.”

Read this long, heavy-on-detail press release in it’s entirety here.

Real Results is also the subject of a disgusting attack by Zoning Board member Nancy Pincus, who is the official Graphic Designer for the Kids First team. Pincus placed members of the Real Results slate, as well as sitting board member Maureen Sullivan in a graphic of a punch bowl filled with human excrement. Kids First candidates have yet to distance themselves from the scatological smear.

Hoboken411 considers all candidate releases for potential publication, but so far only “Real Results” has taken the opportunity. Submissions will be accepted this week from any candidate/slate that wishes to engage with Hoboken’s largest readership.

3/25/2010 Update:

If you’re interested in the future of Hoboken, and the quality of our educational system – you might want to swing by the Melting Pot (1st and Sinatra) tonight at 7pm – to meet four candidates running for the Hoboken school board on April 20th. You can pick their brains to see what their plans are if elected.

Real Results Cocktail Hour Meet and Greet

The “Real Results” slate of reform-minded, fiscally conservative candidates for school board–Kathleen Tucker, Perry Lin, Liz Markevitch and John Forsman–will host a “meet the candidate” party tonight at 7:00 PM. Tonight’s event, located at the Melting Pot on 100 Sinatra Drive, will feature drink specials and complimentary fondue.

  • WHAT: Meet the “Real Results” candidates for Hoboken school board
  • WHEN: Thursday, March 25, 2010, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • WHERE: The Melting Pot (100 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ)
  • ADMISSION: Free.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting with more voters tonight, and hearing their specific concerns,” said candidate Kathleen Tucker.

Kathleen’s older brother, Father James Tucker, is a Roman Catholic priest. He will attend to offer his prayers for the candidates and the community as a whole.

3/18/2010:

If you’d like to meet some of the Hoboken Board of Education candidates for the upcoming election in April – head over to Wild Ginger (508 Washington) this Sunday, March 21st at 1pm.

“Real Results” Unveils Campaign Site, Plans Launch Party

The “Real Results” slate of reform-minded, fiscally frugal candidates for school board— Kathleen Tucker, Perry Lin, Liz Markevitch, and John Forsman— launched their campaign website this week, www.realresults2010.com.

In addition to candidate profiles and campaign press releases, the site outlines the “Real Results” platform on three crucial issues facing the board:

The “Real Results” site also features a prominent “action center,” where supporters can donate, volunteer, or signup for the campaign’s e-newsletter.

Following the launch of their campaign online, the “Real Results” team has announced plans for a traditional campaign “launch party,” scheduled for Sunday, March 21, from 1 PM – 4 PM. On the second floor of Wild Ginger Restaurant (518 Washington Street), voters can meet the candidates, and discuss issues of concern. The event will be kid-friendly, with light refreshments and soft-serve provided.

“I’m very much looking forward to meeting with voters, and hearing their specific concerns,” said Liz Markevitch, the veteran community activist leading the “Real Results” slate.

“I look forward to sharing my vision of a higher quality education, at a lower cost to the city’s taxpayers,” added “Real Results” candidate Perry Lin.

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68 Comments on "“Real Results” Opposes Bloated Budget"

matt_72
Member
I have no credibility? I am not repeating a bold faced lie that the superintendent debunked 2 weeks ago. Here is the letter. Only a fool believes a kid on facebook over the superintendent. My guess is you post under the name watchdog elsewhere where you also got this letter tossed in your face. I’d go on to toss the meeting and what all the parties at that BOE meeting said in your face but you have had this discussion already with several other people and you got royally trounced (not to mention that Perry dislikes having links to competing sites posted here). The woman is going to have to put in a full day’s work and that is it. But the plays will go on, period, end of story. Do us a favor, stop spouting the lies. You aren’t doing the slate you are supporting any favors by repeating their lies. You are just making them look bad. Dear Citizens and Parents of Hoboken, May I impose upon your time just a bit to follow up on one of the points made in my April 1st letter which was posted on the District’s Website. With respect to our renowned drama and stage musicals, we wrote that there would be no changes in that program. We further stated that there would be no Reduction in Force (layoffs) as a result of the over $3 milllion in state aid reduction imposed on us by the Governor of the State. On April… Read more »
matt_72
Member

You can keep claiming they cut the theater program all you want and it still won’t be true at the end of the day. That is the issue, you keep spouting lies. If you actually went to the BOE website you would see Carter put out a letter specifically stating that.

As for the theater coordinator’s “full time job”, if she isn’t teaching all day then what is she doing? Shuffling papers? Counting paper clips? She sure ain’t teaching when the kiddies are in class. You say she has a full time job but unless she is putting in an 40 hour work week AFTER school hours then I just don’t see it.

All Carter did is make sure that she, a person who is on the payroll as a teacher and TEACHES NO CLASSES will have some classes next year IN ADDITION to her responsibilities w/ respect to the drama department.

Watchmaker
Member
Watchmaker

You’ve lost all your credibility: you are supporting six figure income for janitors while attacking a person with successful track record in getting kids off the street, making less money than janitors.

Yes, the theater was cut (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=113205045365874&ref=nf) and yes for personal reasons. There is NOTHING you can say to justify what happened.

I used to think you were a legitimate fiscal conservative on this blog. It is now obvious you are just another Zimmer lover.

In response to matt_72 who said:
You can keep claiming they cut the theater program all you want and it still won’t be true at the end of the day. That is the issue, you keep spouting lies. If you actually went to the BOE website you would see Carter put out a letter specifically stating that.

As for the theater coordinator’s “full time job”, if she isn’t teaching all day then what is she doing? Shuffling papers? Counting paper clips? She sure ain’t teaching when the kiddies are in class. You say she has a full time job but unless she is putting in an 40 hour work week AFTER school hours then I just don’t see it.

All Carter did is make sure that she, a person who is on the payroll as a teacher and TEACHES NO CLASSES will have some classes next year IN ADDITION to her responsibilities w/ respect to the drama department.

Watchmaker
Member
Watchmaker

I was wondering what the kids from Hoboken High were posting about their theater teacher. Is very quick search:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=113205045365874&ref=nf

It speaks volumes about the impact this woman is making on their lives. It also makes you wonder why such a person would be eliminated in a district where janitors get paid six figure incomes.

Easy-E
Member

Pardon my French, but how the fuck does a Janitor get to make $100k per year plus benefits?

They’re cutting Teachers but keeping these guys? Holy crap, this city is bizarre.

Watchmaker
Member
Watchmaker

My point exactly! Why would you cut a successful program before you trim such obvious fat (overpaid janitors) from the system? By forcing the theater coordinator to spend most of her time teaching, you are effectively killing the program as there is no way it will retain its quality.

Then again, maybe I was wrong in assuming that Kids First wants to trim fat from the BOE budget. After all, they are all Lenz disciples now, and he is a well known double-dipper. So perhaps it was never about trimming a bloated BOE budget and always about pork-barrel distribution.

In response to Easy-E who said:
Pardon my French, but how the fuck does a Janitor get to make $100k per year plus benefits?

They’re cutting Teachers but keeping these guys? Holy crap, this city is bizarre.

HOB424
Member
HOB424

Just that I haven’t heard Markle specifically speak about cutting the theatre program. This from what I understand is about Position Control. If teachers are being paid as teachers then they should be in some type of teaching position. She’s not being let go and yes this will be a change and noone likes change.

HOB424
Member
HOB424

I did look at the above link. However, I didn’t see anything written that gives examples of her nastiness. However, I will say that the superintendent search was poorly done and there’s no excuse for that.

In response to HOB424 who said:
Just that I haven’t heard Markle specifically speak about cutting the theatre program. This from what I understand is about Position Control. If teachers are being paid as teachers then they should be in some type of teaching position. She’s not being let go and yes this will be a change and noone likes change.

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