CLARK, NJ – The candidates running for the Clark Board of Education met on Thursday night to introduce themselves to the public in a moderated “Candidates Night” hosted by TAP into Clark and led by Marlene Sincaglia of the League of Women Voters.

Four candidates are vying for three open seats on the board.  Incumbents Jill Curran, Robert Smorol, Jr. and Henry Varriano were joined by newcomer Scott Bohm.

Each candidate was given two minutes to deliver an opening statement. They then fielded questions submitted by the public.  The questions touched on a variety of topics of interest to parents, students, teachers and voters. They included:

  • extra help for struggling students
  • parental engagement in district sponsored events
  • PARCC testing opt-out policy
  • Common Core
  • budget cuts
  • the relevance of traditional classroom methods in a digital age
  • the academic program and student achievement
  • the upcoming teacher contract negotiations
  • character education in the schools
  • the role of the board of education in public relations

The Candidates Night was televised live on TV-35.  It will be shared with TAP into Clark readers via Youtube within the next several days. Candidates are also invited to submit written statements