On Tuesday, November 6, Verona voters will choose from among four candidates to fill two seats on the Verona Board of Education. The four candidates are Timothy Alworth, Pamela J. Priscoe, the current BOE President John Quattrocchi and David Rullo.
Since mid-September, MyVeronaNJ.com has asked the candidates for their views on different issues related to education and our schools. You can read their answers to learn about what they think of the value of a public school education, how they would achieve their goals as a BOE member, what they would bring to the Board in the way of innovative governance, the ballot question question on mental health, their views on standardized testing and how they would handle one of the BOE’s singular governance responsibilities: hiring and firing.
On Tuesday, October 23, the candidates answered more questions during a forum sponsored by the Verona Conference of SCAs at Verona High School. You can watch the forum here. The event was moderated by the League of Women Voters of New Jersey, which has also prepared an analysis of the statewide ballot question on the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act.
There are also two local ballot questions up for a vote on November 6. One would expand Verona’s kindergarten program from extended hours to a full day; the other would give the district extra resources to address mental health issues in the schools. MyVeronaNJ.com explored both ballot questions in this story. Verona’s superintendent, Dr. Rui Dionisio, has also written about full-day kindergarten and the mental health initiative.
You can view the full Verona ballot for the November 6 election here. Veronans will also be casting ballots for a new representative for Congress. Mikie Sherrill, a Democrat, and Jay Webber, a Republican, are vying to succeed Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ11), who announced his retirement earlier this year. The polls are open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Election Day. You can also vote early at one of two locations in Essex County.