David Arminio, a life-long resident of Union, has made public his decision to run for the Township of Union Board of Education for a third term. Mr. Arminio is running as part of the Partnership for Change team of Dr. Guy Francis and Jeffery Monge. They are independent strong voices dedicated to building a better and stronger school system supported by civic-minded community activism.
After graduating from Seton Hall University, Mr. Arminio returned to his alma mater, Kawameeh Junior High School, and began his 36-year career as a language arts teacher of 7th, 8th, and 9th graders. He was a long-time advisor of the school newspaper and teacher of honors English. He began the Kawameeh chapter of the National Junior Honor Society and served as its advisor for many years. Mr. Arminio retired in June of 2007 and now wants to give back to the community he loves.
During his long career at Kawameeh, Mr. Arminio coached boys’ soccer, wrestling, and softball. In addition, he coached wrestling at Union High School with Al Lilley and boys’ soccer with Jim Jeskey. In 1993, Mr. Arminio began the girls’ soccer program at Union High School and was the varsity coach for ten years. He was named County coach of the year by the Star-Ledger He continued to be involved as a volunteer coach in wrestling and softball at Union High after his retirement from teaching. In 2010 he was voted the assistant wrestling coach of the year by the coaches in District 10. He continues as the announcer at UHS home football games and at the Region III and Union County wrestling tournaments held at the high school.
Mr. Arminio was awarded PTA life membership by the Kawameeh PTA in 2006. He was also presented with the Mayor’s Award for outstanding civic contribution by Mayor Diane Heelan. Yet another honor that Mr. Arminio received was the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award for outstanding teaching.
Mr. Arminio is a long-time member of the Union Knights of Columbus. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce where he serves as Vice-president of Economic Development and serves on the Mayor’s Day 5k Run/Walk Organization Committee. He is also a parishioner at Holy Spirit Church in Union, where he volunteers his time in a variety of ways. While his children were growing up and attending Union schools, Mr. Arminio volunteered as a coach in the Union Soccer League. Later, he became a member of the league’s Board of Directors, a post he held for ten years.
In 2008, Mr. Arminio was an active member of the Township’s Bicentennial Committee and is currently vice-president of the Union Township Historical Society. He had previously served for five years as president.
In 2014, Mr. Arminio was appointed to the Board of Directors of Nora Gardens in Union.
He has served on the Township of Union Board of Education for six years and is serving as president of the Board for the 2015 school year.
With his experience as an educator in his home town, Mr. Arminio firmly believes that he can give back to his community and help Union maintain an educational system of which all residents can be justifiably proud.
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