NEWTON, NJ—Along with three incumbents, Charles Fantasia, Edward Caffrey, and Raymond Morris, a new face has entered into the running for a seat on the Newton Board of Education, Anthony Neggers II.
There are three, 3-year seats up for grabs in the November 8 election and four people who will be on the ballot.
Neggers, 23, of Newton is running for a seat on the Newton board because he said he wants to make a impact in the way the district currently operates.
“I believe that I can truly make a difference in the quality of education provided. Also, I want to improve upon the health and safety of our students and staff by looking into green alternatives,” he said.
He is currently employed as a Facilities Maintenance Mechanic by the Morris Hills Regional District in Rockaway, New Jersey. Neggers believes that because of his background in the public school system, he would be “a valuable asset” to the board.
Neggers shared his opinions on several topics in an interview with Tap into Newton. Some of them included, but are not limited to:
- Construction projects: “these projects would put such a burden on the taxpayers in the community”, said Neggers.
- Graduation Rate: “My goal is to exceed the county average of 93.10% and to prepare our students for success on the impending state mandated testing requirements,” he said.
- Taxes in Town: “I believe that the taxes in Newton are high and just getting higher… I can’t emphasize enough about how important it is to stop frivolous spending,” he said.
- Cuts in the town budget: “I would like to keep most of our out of district student’s right here in Newton. This might cost some money to pay for new teachers and aides, but this will save money for the district”, he stated.
Neggers has been looking for more ways to get involved in the town. “As I run around town every day I try and pick up as much trash as I can to help make our town look as beautiful as it can be”, he said.
He recently moved to Newton with his son who is three. “I am proud to say that moving to Newton was the best choice I have made. It really is perfect here. It's just like they say, City Feel, Country Cool,” he said. “I am also very ambitious and dedicated with everything that I do. I might be a young member of our community, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be a contributing member.”
When asked what he as a new member on Newton’s Board of Education could do differently than the incumbents agains whom he is running, he said that he “would be more active in taking the community's voice and the student's best interests before making any decisions. I refuse to make any choices without using my due diligence.”
Neggers will also be volunteering more within the community so he can connect more with the stakeholders and community members in town. If elected, his goal is to help the students in the district to “achieve their education to the highest quality possible, without breaking the bank,” he said.
More information on Anthony Neggers II can be found on his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/AnthonyNeggers4BOE/. “If you don’t vote for change, you can’t expect it to happen” (Neggers)