Elliott, Unis Seek Reelection To Board Of Ed

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Glenn Elliott
Glenn Elliott

Glenn Elliott, a six-year veteran of the Board of Education, and Michael Unis, who won last year’s election for a one-year spot to fill an unexpired term, have announced that they are seeking re-election to the Board.

Two of the board’s five seats are up for grabs in this year’s election, which is set for April 20. Each is for a three-year term. All potential candidates must file a nominating petition at the Board office on Fairview Avenue by 4 p.m. today. UPDATE: No other petitions were filed, so Elliott and Unis are running unopposed.

“It has been an honor and a privilege serving the citizens of Verona for the past 6 years,” says Elliott, a long-time Scout leader in Verona who is employed by the business software company Acclivity.  “During this time the Board of Education has accomplished many great things; renovation of our schools, development and implementation of our Strategic Plan and bringing our technology into the 21st Century.  But there is, and always will be, more to do.  I’m running for re-election to help move the Verona School District forward through the challenging times ahead and I’m asking for your support.”
Michael Unis
Michael Unis

“I have a sincere desire to serve my community,” says Unis, who teaches fifth grade math and science at Park Elementary School in Newark. “Throughout the past year I’ve had the opportunity to work collaboratively with fellow board members, as well as, administrators, parents, and teachers. I’ve had the ability to experience the ‘on the ground’ work, as well as, ‘policy making’ ends of the educational spectrum. I feel this enables me to bring unique insights and a valuable perspective to the Board. I look forward to continuing this work as I seek re-election for a 2nd full term.”

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Gov. Chris Christie has been pushing to move school board elections to the same day as the November general election, which could improve the low turnout that often accompanies the school ballot. But the governor has quite a lot on his plate right now, so the date for the next election remains, for the moment, April 20. For more information about serving on a school board, check out the Web site of the New Jersey School Board Association.

And please remember that tomorrow night, March 2, the Board begins a series of three special meetings to focus on the Verona school budget. Gov. Christie warned school officials in mid-February that the state could be cutting aid to districts by up to 15% in the fiscal year that begins July 1. The budget meetings will be held March 2, 16 and 30 in the library at Verona High School.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]

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