In Bayonne, elected school board referendum fails to get needed signatures
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BAYONNE – A move that would have allowed voters to elected Board of Education members for the first time since the mid-1970s failed to get the required signatures that would put it on the Nov. 5 ballot.

The group called Bayonne School Board Choice needed 845 registered voters, or 15 percent of the last general election. The group submitted 1,113, but only 669 were considered valid because a number of those who signed were not registered voters, officials said.

Some teachers in the midst of a four year battle with the current appointed school board had vowed to move to an elected board as a way of getting more accountability to the public.

Teachers have been working without a contract for more than three years.

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JohnCupo*RealEstate
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October 24, 2013
Former Mayor Vega endorses elected school board concept for WNY

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WEST NEW YORK-- The people of West New York should be allowed to choose their school board representatives, according to former Mayor Sal Vega.

“On Tuesday, Nov. 5, West New York voters will have the opportunity to approve an initiative that would allow them to elect their own school board. "We, the voters, should be able to choose" said Vega. "We have tried an appointed board for many years and the time is now for a change."

The West New York School District was recently the subject of a scathing report by the New Jersey State Department of Education that alleged the town’s current administration manipulated the hiring, firing and demotions in the school district and pressured employees into buying tickets to a political fundraiser.

Vega in a statement released to the media said the Department of Education’s Office of Fiscal Accountability and Compliance began its investigation in July 2012 after being alerted by federal authorities – which were conducting an investigation on an unrelated matter -- to concerns of inappropriate political involvement in the hiring practices in the school district.

Vega said he feels this is a clear example of why the time is right for a change to an elected school board. "This current administration and appointed school board are obviously incapable of responsibly having a direct say, when it comes to the future of our students. The majority of municipalities in New Jersey are represented by an elected school board. The time has come for our town to have that same type of democratic representation. Please join me in voting YES!"

Besides serving as mayor until he lost an election to current Mayor Felix Roque, Vega also served the West New York School District as an educator and administrator for thirty years.

Vega is currently retired and still resides in West New York.

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JohnCupo*RealEstate
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October 02, 2013
Open school-board elections..Bayonne NJ

Oct 2 2013

To the Editor:

Bayonne voters should decide on school-board members. Mayor Smith should get behind this. The people want open elections. The city council members also should get behind this. In 1776 there was a petition signed—the Declaration of Independence. The idea behind this petition was to stop a one-man rule. So much power leads to tyranny. An open and fair election for the people and by the people will end such tyranny. It should be on the ballot November 2013 or May 2014 that Bayonne voters should decide on school-board members.

JOHN R.Cupo

Elected Republican Committee person of Bayonne NJ