As Paterson School Move to Local Control Five Seats on Board of Education Expected to be Contested in November

Clockwise- Oshin Castillo, President; Nakima Redmon, Vice President, Vincent Arrington; Manuel Martinez Credits: Paterson Board of Education

PATERSON, NJ- With a new mayor and three new members of the Paterson City Council set to take office on July 1 local voters can now turn their eyes to the future make up of the Paterson Board of Education.

Four of the nine seats on the Board are up for election on November 6, and a fifth seat is expected to become vacant when current Commissioner Flavio Rivera is sworn in to the city council seat he won on May 8. 

The elections come at a critical time for the district as Paterson Schools continue the transition to full local control for the first time since 1991.

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Current members Oshin Castillo, Nakima Redmon, and Manuel Martinez all confirmed that they will be seeking new three-year terms, while the body’s newest member, Vincent Arrington, will run to complete the term of former member Dr. Christopher Irving who resigned earlier this year to take a position in the Adminstration fo Governor Phil Murphy.

Irving has since been appointed as the Superintendent of Teaneck’s public school system.

In order to run for the office, according to a letter issued by Superintendent Eileen Shafer, candidates must file nominating petitions with the Passaic County Clerk’s Office by Monday, July 30. Petitions must include the signatures of 12 registered Paterson voters.

Other qualifications to seek one of the seats include status as citizen of the United States, ability to read and write, be a registered voter in and a resident for at least one year of Paterson, and having no convictions for crimes under the relevant statute. 


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