Cunningham, Zimmer support Kids First
I received this letter from 4th Ward Councilwoman Dawn Zimmer and 5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham in regards to their endorsements for the upcoming Board of Education Election.
Cunningham & Zimmer support Kids First
“Hoboken is filled to the brim with young children, as anybody who has walked through Church Square Park on a Sunday afternoon can attest. Unfortunately, many of those toddlers will leave Hoboken as soon as they are ready to start school. Young families are leaving Hoboken because, rightly or wrongly, they believe that our public schools are not providing our children with the kind of education that every parent wants for their family. Parents with children in the public schools know that our schools are far better than many people realize, but also believe that their children are often shortchanged. Too much money is spent, and too many decisions are made, for reasons other than the best interests of our children. Kids First is working hard to change this, and with a majority on the School Board they will be able to make Hoboken’s school system all about providing quality education for our children, and not about an engine for job creation.
Positive change has already started. Since their election last year, the Kids First team, led by School Board President Theresa Minutillo, has worked hard to move public schools in the right direction. After much acrimonious debate, a policy banning nepotism was passed, helping to ensure that teachers will be hired and promoted based on how well they teach. The problems of declining enrollment and a top-heavy workforce have finally started to be addressed. The new school budget was structured so that almost $1,000,000 can be returned to the classroom, rather than be squandered by excessive administrative expenses. But Kids First does not currently represent a majority on the Board, and, in the minority, could only accomplish so much.
On April 15th, by re-electing Tricia Snyder, and electing Brian Assadourian and Phil Campbell to serve by her side, we can give Kids First the additional votes they need.
Hoboken is a first class city – it deserves a first class school system. Tricia, Brian and Phil are the kind of qualified, committed and concerned residents that we need to give all Hoboken families confidence that the excellence of our schools is our School Board’s only priority.
The quality of our public schools should be one of the reasons why families move to Hoboken, not one of the reasons they leave. With one administrator per four students, and 8 principals for only 5 schools, a lot of work still needs to be done. The task is difficult, but with right people in charge, we can make it happen.
We urge you to elect Tricia Snyder, Brian Assadourian, and Phil Campbell so that Kids First can finish the job they’ve started.
Thanks for listening and make sure to get out there and vote next Tuesday. If you don’t vote then you might have to lose your blogging rights! (Just kidding).
4th Ward Councilwoman
5th Ward Councilman”