BARNEGAT, NJ – All eight Barnegat School Board candidates vying for three open seats have agreed to debate the issues on October 28, 2019.  The forum is sponsored by TapINTOBarnegatWaretown and will be moderated by the League of Women Voters.

The candidates will each have an opportunity to present opening and closing statements. The event is scheduled for 6:30 pm at Barnegat High School, located at 180 Bengal Boulevard, Barnegat, New Jersey.

Audience members will be handed cards to write questions they wish the candidates to answer to learn more about them. This should not only gauge the knowledge of the would-be Board members – but also offer insight as to their opinions.

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For parents of public school-aged children, the opportunity to meet the school board candidates sounds smart. However, that’s not to say that older voters should feel a disconnect with what happens within the Barnegat school district.

In years past, concerns focused on school budgets. However, there’s a lid on increases that schools take without going to the ballot. The district has consistently stayed under the 2% cap.

For those who do not have children in the Barnegat schools, it still makes sense to hear the issues and how they will be potentially addressed. After all, the education of Barnegat’s students may well impact tomorrow’s leaders.

Anyone with questions about the debate is welcome to send an email to Both the Board of Education candidates and two candidates for the Township Committee have been invited to submit statements to TapINTOBarnegatWaretown.

Stephanie A. Faughnan is a local journalist and Director of Writefully Inspired, a professional writing and resume service. Feel free to contact her at