Elections

Meet the Westfield Board of Education Candidate Series: Peggy Oster

6c98383be066d185c081_05f2693aefd57845b655_boe.JPG
Peggy Oster is one of five candidates running for three seats on the Westfield Board of Education. Credits: Westfield Public Schools
6c98383be066d185c081_05f2693aefd57845b655_boe.JPG

WESTFIELD, NJ — Five people are running for three seats on the Westfield Board of Education this November: Current member Peggy Oster and newcomers Lynn Benner, Simon Cirasa, Kent Diamond and Anthony Marotta.

For this series, each day this week a different candidate has answered the same questions posed by TAPinto Westfield. Candidate’s responses are published unedited, except as needed for spelling and punctuation, in alphabetical order. Because he did not respond, Marotta has not been included.

Today’s candidate is Peggy Oster:

Sign Up for E-News

Q. Please tell us about yourself and why you are running.

I have lived in Westfield for 29 years and raised my five children here. All of my children have attended and graduated from the Westfield Public Schools with the youngest graduating in 2017. Two years ago, I returned to the workforce as the CEO of Sterling Products in Passaic, New Jersey. 

I am running for the board of education to continue serving the community using the skills, capabilities and determination to do the best for those around me. Education is imperative to the success of our young citizens and I would like to continue to develop new and creative ways to challenge the future students of Westfield.

2. What is your professional background and education, and how will you use that on the school board?

I graduated from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland, in 1981 with a Bachelors in Economics and International Relations. I worked in New York in the finance sector (DBL and Salomon Bros.) for 10 years until I retired to raise my family.

3. What do you see as the major issues in this election, and what is your stance on them?

I believe the major issues that face the board in the next couple of years is providing a top-level educational experience for all students while being fiscally responsible. In Westfield, the majority of the cost associated with education is provided by our local tax payers and the board has to be mindful of spending while continuing to provide a quality education and maintain our older infrastructure.

4. Is there anything else about you that we should know?

I have been a member of the board for the past three years. I have been the vice president for the past two years and a member of the Curriculum, Facilities, Technology (current chair) and Negotiations committees.

Want to learn more?

Read our Q&As with Lynn Benner, Simon Cirasa and Kent Diamond.

A board of education candidates night was hosted by the Westfield PTSO Wednesday. To read our recap, click here.

All candidates have been invited to post statements on TAPinto Westfield. To visit the candidate statements section, click here.

The election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Westfield

NJ Flags to Fly at Half-Staff for Jerry Green May 7

April 24, 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Governor Phil Murphy issued an executive order on Monday for New Jersey flags to be flown at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities on the day of the upcoming General Assembly session, scheduled for May 7, in memory of Assemblyman Jerry Green, former chair of the Union County Democratic Committee, who died last week.

On Thursday, Governor Murphy had said, ...

Synopsis of Westfield Board of Education Meeting on April 24, 2018

April 26, 2018

Board President Gretchan Ohlig recognized Westfield High School senior Greta Frontero as 2018 New Jersey High School Journalist of the Year and winner of the 2018 Bernard Kilgore Memorial Scholarship, a $5,000 scholarship award from the New Jersey Press Foundation. Ms. Ohlig praised Ms. Frontero for her investigative reporting for Hi’s Eye, the school newspaper, and presented a ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_26bff2b330d314777eae_library

Thu, April 26, 10:00 AM

Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield

Westfield Memorial Library Spring Book Sale

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_26bff2b330d314777eae_library

Fri, April 27, 10:00 AM

Westfield Memorial Library, Westfield

Westfield Memorial Library Spring Book Sale

Arts & Entertainment

Westfield Police Blotter: Two Reported Shopliftings & More

April 25, 2018

April 19, 2018 9:36 a.m.

Officer McCarthy arrested Paul S. Lee, age 36, of Ridgewood, NJ, at Westfield Police Department headquarters on the strength of an outstanding Westfield warrant in the amount of $89. Subject was processed and released after posting bail.

 

April 19, 2018 12:01 p.m.

A resident of Central Avenue reported being the victim of identity theft. Unknown actor(s) ...

Reduce Your Risk for Colorectal Cancer

April 25, 2018

Morristown Medical Center’s Carol G. Simon Cancer Center presents “Protecting Your Colorectal Health” on Tuesday, May 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Morristown Medical Center Health Pavilion, 333 Mount Hope Avenue in Rockaway. Admission is free.

This popular, educational program presents an opportunity to hear up-to-date presentations from leading ...

Plan for a Better Year

You survived another year’s tax filing — was the outcome what you expected? After looking at the results of this last year, and in light of the recent tax changes for this year, if you're concerned about getting the best possible results, why not reach out to me so we can take a look at planning possibilities together?

 

Call 908-935 -0181 and we'll get ...

Ways to Increase Your Home's Equity

Sometimes you forget and don’t realize your home provides so much to your life. It brings along with it your dreams of the future, shelter to you and your family, a way to provide a better lifestyle, a better commute, a neighborhood, schools, community involvement and recreational facilities. But it also provides a way to save for the future. It does this by allowing you to build your ...

Westfield Public Schools Welcomes Community to Auditorium Open Houses

Two years ago, voters in Westfield approved a bond referendum to renovate the aging auditoriums in Edison and Roosevelt Intermediate Schools. Major aspects of the renovations include new seating and flooring, electrical and lighting upgrades, state-of-the-art sound systems, acoustical treatments and air conditioning.

On April 11 and 12, students, staff, families and other members of the ...

'The Sting' shimmers and shakes at Paper Mill

‘The Sting ‘slithers and shakes at Paper Mill Playhouse

By LIZ KEILL

MILLBURN, NJ – In a premiere production of “The Sting,” Harry Connick Jr. commands the Paper Mill Playhouse stage in Millburn.

Based on the sensational Paul Newman/Robert Redford film in 1973, the 1930s plot centers on a con game and gambling, sometimes on a train between New York and ...

Why We Keep Kosher

Why We Keep Kosher

This week's parshah, Shemini, introduces the Torah's dietary laws. Animals must chew their cud and have split hooves to be kosher, fish need fins and scales, and a list of forbidden fowl is enumerated.

To those of us in Jewish education, it is a continuing source of disappointment that so many Jews still believe the kosher laws to be outdated.

Hellenic Therapy Center

April 13, 2018

Dropping Off Our Kids At College – Learning How To Adjust

Hellenic Therapy Center

 

Whether your kid is a freshman entering college for the first time or returning back to college, there are so many emotions we experience as parents.  There are differences in a parent’s reaction to the departure of a first child, an only child or even the last child.  Feelings ...

Obituaries

Oct 21, 1944 - Apr 14, 2018
Kathleen A. Hertell passed away peacefully with family at her bedside on April 14, 2018. Loving ...
Read more

New DMV Office To Open in South Plainfield May 14

April 26, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ — The new Department of Motor Vehicles Office in South Plainfield is scheduled to open May 14 at 5000 Hadley Road.

Mayor Anesh received the official notification from B. Sue Fulton, the newly sworn director of the state DMV announcing the opening.

"I would like to thank everyone who helped make this become a reality,"Anesh said. "This is a ...