I am writing in regard to the upcoming election for three seats on the Millburn Board of Education. The election will be the same day as the general election. I particularly want to address those 51% of residents who no longer have or do not have children in our school system and those with children who attend private school, to stress the importance of making informed choices on election day.There are four candidates running for three Board seats.
My husband and I have lived here for thirty-eight years. There are many reasons why we stayed in town when others left for Florida or lower cost areas, but one main reason is that the reputation and ranking of our schools keeps the value of our property values high. We still have one of the best school systems in the state and in the country but there are serious issues to be addressed, especially in light of the state mandated budget cap.
Although my husband and I have voted in all Board and school budget elections, it was not until I read of our drop in rankings and also when I volunteered to assist one of the candidates, and my neighbor Rupali Wadhwa with her campaign, that I started to give the school issues my full attention.
I have taken the time to learn the issues. Our Board needs fresh ideas, views and expertise to address complex challenges. For example improving communication between the Board and the community, and ensuring transparency and accountability in allocating our school budget and, therefore, our tax dollars.
I urge you to learn about the candidates through reading, attending the Candidates' Forums on Thursday October 18th and Thursday October 25th both at 7:30 PM at the Education Center and attending one of the many Meet the Candidate coffees being held around town. There is information on the candidates' platforms available in TheAlternativePress.com, The Item, Item.com and MillburnPatch.com
I endorse Rupali Wadhwa, Raymond Wong and Elliott Cahn for the Board of Education.