Secaucus residents on Tuesday elected three new school board trustees — Gary Riebesell, Charles Krajewski III and Thomas Troyer — and approved a $33M budget allocation for the town’s schools.
Riebesell of Minnie Place was the top vote getter with 21.49% and a total of 1,161 votes. Joining him on the board will be Krajewski (19.17%, 1,036 votes) of Paulanne Terrace and Troyer (17.92%, 968 votes) of Garry Terrace.
Falling short were Robin Mottola (13.38%, 723 votes), Thomas Roarty (13.33%, 667207 votes), Joseph Tringali (7.53%, 407 votes) and Darryl Lewis (7.09%, 383 votes). Five votes were written into ballots.
Both Troyer and Riebesell lost bids for the board in 2008 but were redeemed this year.
The budget passed by 53.10% to 46.90%, or 831-734. The 2.5 increase amounts to an average cost of $77.50 per home in town, or about $45 per $100K of house.
Polls were open from 1 to 9 p.m. in town and seven candidates filled Column A in the booths.
Troyer’s election marks a return to the board as he served in the ’70s, ’80s and earlier this decade. The former Union City and Secaucus teacher, who is still a substitute teacher, is known for speaking out at town council and board of ed meetings.
Krajewski is a graduate of the Secaucus school system (and continues to coach baseball at the high school) who teaches technology and business at the high school level in West New York.
Riebesell is a lieutenant in the Hudson County Sheriff’s Dept and is a 13-year member of the Secaucus Volunteer Fire Dept. He has a daughter and a granddaughter in the local schools and coaches sports in the system.