Secaucus residents go to the polls from 1 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday to vote on a slight tax increase to fund the $33M school budget allocation and to fill three seats opening up on the school board.
Seven residents got the 10-signature minimum and appear on the ballot in Column A to be considered to take over the three board seats being vacated by trustees Mauro DeGennaro, Angelo Andriani and Mark Bruscino.
The open slots are for three-year terms on the board.
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The candidates, in order of appearance from top to bottom on the ballot, are Gary Riebesell of Minnie Place, Robin Mottola of Allan Terrace, Joseph Tringali of Sanderling Court, Thomas Troyer of Garry Terrace, Darryl Lewis of Grace Avenue, Charles Krajewski, III, of Paulanne Terrace, and Thomas Roarty of Front Street.
Candidates have spoken at BOE meetings and a meet-the-candidates event last week. The Hudson Reporter asked them each three questions, which are online here and here.
Residents will also vote on Public Question # 1, whether to approve a 2.5 percent increase in the Secaucus school budget to top $33M. The increase amounts to an average cost of $77.50 per home in town, or about $45 per $100K of home.
The district currently serves 2,221 students and employs 167 teaching and professional staffers, in addition to administrators. The average teacher earns about $60K, above the state average of slightly more than $57K.
Superintendent Cynthia Randina is stressing “21st Century Skills,” or education for the digital age of technology.
Including grants and debt services, the school budget tops $35M.
Check esecaucus.com for vote updates.