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Vote YES for the School Budget

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

Dear Citizens of Metuchen,

Now more than ever a YES vote for the school budget will ensure a competitive school system and increased property values for Metuchen.

Each year Metuchen citizens are asked to go to the polls in April to approve an operating budget for our schools. The school administration and the Board of Education have proposed a fiscally responsible budget that keeps the education of our students as its key objective. But knowing that our schools are in good hands should not make us complacent.

It is each citizen’s responsibility to vote to approve the budget on Election Day, Tuesday April 16. Polls will be open from 2 pm until 9 pm. Metuchen is one of only 41 districts in New Jersey that has chosen to keep its election in April, and not to forfeit its citizens’ right to vote for the budget by moving school elections to November. For residents of districts like Metuchen and neighboring Edison, voting for the budget is not only a responsibility, it has also become a privilege.

Why vote YES? The $32,733,655 budget will maintain all current educational programs, athletic teams, co-curricular activities and courtesy bussing.  It includes necessities like the maintenance of our facilities and grounds, e.g. the replacement of a boiler at Moss School. The budget includes needed technology infrastructure upgrades and replacement computers.

Why else should we vote YES? (more…)

Help CQE Get Out the Word to VOTE YES for the School Budget

Monday, April 1st, 2013
Please help get out the word that there’s an election on April 16 and that it’s extremely important to vote YES for the budget! Especially, while our town still has the privilege of voting for a school budget.
Other NJ districts have given up their vote for the budget by moving their school board elections to November, but our Board of Education has chosen to keep the school election separate from the November political election and to preserve our right to vote.

Please write and we’ll get you a lawn sign too, just like the one you see right here!  Thanks!

Vote YES for the Budget on Tuesday April 17

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Dear Friend of CQE:

A YES vote for the budget is the single most important vote that a Metuchen resident can cast in the upcoming school board elections on Tuesday April 17.  The Metuchen Board of Education has proposed a $30 million tax levy, which represents an increase that is below the state-mandated 2% cap. And this year, because of some restored state aid as well as careful planning on the part of our Business Administrator and our Superintendent, that budget buys us a lot!

Beyond maintaining essential programs and services, by passing the budget, the Metuchen Schools will also be able to maintain all the middle school and high school athletic teams, as well as restore sixteen co-curricular activities and clubs. Also written into this budget is a much-needed Assistant Principal position for Campbell School, our largest school with over 700 students in grades 1-4. The budget also allows for a Guidance Supervisor (K-12), a key position in many districts, to oversee the social/emotional and academic needs of all our students, to ensure progress and articulation between the grades and across the schools, and to work towards excellence for each individual student.

Everyone in town has a vested interest in the Metuchen Schools.  Voting YES is not only an investment in our children’s future but a vote to ensure our town’s desirability because of its quality public school system.

Citizens for Quality Education (CQE) encourages all Metuchenites to vote YES on Tuesday, April 17 when polls open at 2 PM and close at 9PM.

Best regards,

JoAnn Sabatino-Falkenstein, President