South Orange Trustees Agree School Board Elections Should Be in April for 2012

South Orange Village President Alex Torpey, second from left, reads a resolution in support of marriage equality for same-sex couples at Wednesday's meeting. Listening are, from left, Trustees Michael Goldberg, Nancy Gould and Mark Rosner. (Photo: Amy Kiste Nyberg)

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – School board elections should remain in April this year, the Board of Trustees agreed at its meeting on Wednesday night. 

The trustees voted 4-0 to strike a proposed resolution that called for moving the elections from April to November (Trustees Deborah Davis Ford and Howard Levison were absent). However, the trustees said they favor moving the elections to November for 2013.

Holding school board elections in November has both advantages and disadvantages, trustees noted. Trustee Michael Goldberg said advantages include a higher voter turnout and a possible cost savings, if the county were to pay for the expense of the election.

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Trustee Mark Rosner said school board candidates in a November election run the risk of getting lost on a ballot crowded with other offices. Goldberg added that it would be more difficult for candidates to get the attention of voters in a busy election year.

The other resolution on the agenda, one supporting marriage equality for same-sex couples, passed on a 4-0 vote. The document calls on Gov. Chris Christie to sign the legislation.

In other action, the village board:

  • approved the first reading of an ordinance that would create a Special Improvement District and a District Management Corp.
  • swore in probationary firefighters David Klugel and Antonio Popola, both lifelong South Orange residents.
  • Recognized Stuart Wainberg, who was presented the Design Excellence Award by Carole Anzaolone-Newman, executive director of Main Street South Orange. Wainberg’s renovation of 75 South Orange Ave. earned kudos from MSSO and the trustees.
  • heard an update on the status of the village’s relationship with its water provider, the East Orange Water Commission. Village Counsel Steven Rother told trustees that the court has approved an appointment of a special master to help resolve issues concerning water quality. Rother said the court decision was “a positive step in the right direction.” The next step will be for the EOWC and the village to make recommendations for who should fill the position. The village continues to perform independent tests on water quality.

Kimberly Bolognini is participating in a hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts designed to give students real-world experience.

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