School Board Elections: Vote YES for the Budget! Tuesday April 16, 2013: 2 pm – 9 pm

School Board Election Season is upon us, and CQE has begun its annual mission to engage all Metuchen citizens in the electoral process.  Each April, voters are asked to elect three candidates for the School Board, and most importantly, to vote for the budget which ensures the high quality of our schools. Polls at your regular voting place will be open on Tuesday April 16, 2013 from 2 PM until 9 PM.

Casting your vote is imperative in protecting both the quality of our schools and the value of our real estate properties. Earlier this month, our organization was at the Metuchen High School where thirty-five eligible and interested students were registered to vote.  If you know someone who is eligible but not yet registered to vote in Middlesex County, please alert them to our webpage below.

If getting to the polls may be difficult, CQE urges all voters to consider absentee ballots as a sure and easy way to cast your vote. You no longer need a reason to vote absentee; now anyone may vote by mail with an absentee ballot.  For information and application forms for both voter registration or absentee ballots, please see http://metuchencqe.org/boe-elections/important-dates/

In addition to the school budget, Metuchen citizens will be asked to vote for up to three candidates for three open seats.  This year the candidates are incumbents Jonathan Lifton and Rose deVries and newcomers Michael Stern and Erica Doyle.  (Although her name will appear on the ballot, Ms. Doyle has withdrawn her candidacy.)

As in the past, CQE has posed 5 questions to the candidates. Within the next few weeks, we will be sending out our questions with each candidate’s answers so that you can get to know the candidates and their thoughts about education and the schools.  The questions are:

1. Why are you running for the Metuchen Board of Education?

2.  What do you believe are the Metuchen School District’s strengths? Are there areas in our schools where you’d like to see growth?

3. Balanced Literacy and Differentiated Learning are now part of the district’s curriculum at the elementary school level. How can we ensure success for all students at every level?

4.  Many would say, “The fork in the road to college can be found in the middle school.” How can we optimize success for college and careers by focusing on the middle school curriculum, programming, etc.?

5. How important to you is the community’s interest, knowledge and participation in school issues? How would you go about increasing public input, if at all?

As always, CQE encourages you to stay informed and to look to multiple sources for your information.  The Metuchen/Edison Sentinel and Metuchen Matters (www.metuchenmatters.com) run regular stories featuring the elections.

If you’d like to help with the CQE Get Out the Vote Campaign, please write us at correspondence@metuchencqe.org.

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