Dear Editor,

I am writing today in support of Melissa Spiotta who is running for Morris School District Board of Ed on November 5th.  My wife and I have lived in Morristown for over 19 years are active in our community and have two children in the Morris school district.  I have known Melissa for 10+ years and she has shown herself to be a passionate advocate for our school district and all of its children.

The list of ways Melissa has advocated in our community is long. She was our HSA President and currently serves on the board of the Morris Educational Foundation. She is also active in the Junior League, Hillside Hose Ladies Auxiliary, Mansion in May and Impact 100. Melissa is passionate about our community and wants to see it thrive. (See here for more:

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This winter her advocacy took action when multiple vaping ordinances were introduced in our community. Melissa immediately got involved and led our community to action ensuring that our children's best interest was being considered and upheld.  After months of advocating for our kids, the result is that Morristown now has some of the strictest vaping ordinances not only in the state but in the country as a whole. And because of this our children are safer.  We are living in a time when our children are facing dangers that we are only just starting to understand. The effects of smart phone usage, the prevalence of bullying in our society and rising rates of suicide are some of my biggest parental concerns as well as many people I talk to.  We need someone who proactively takes action and that is certainly Melissa Spiotta.

On a personal level, my wife and I found out one of our kids didn’t get into the STEM Academy.  We talked to Melissa and she urged us to reach out to the leader to talk about the decision. We ended up having a great discussion with the STEM leader and our child is now in the academy and will continue to follow their passion. If not for Melissa, we wouldn’t have found our voice and our child would have missed out on this great opportunity. 

The bottomline is that Melissa is the passionate advocate we need on the Morris School District School Board. 

On November 5th, I urge you to get to the polls and vote for Melissa.

Frank Saia
Morris Township