“The passage of a 2023-24 budget by the Board of Education, which included significant job cuts, has left even some longtime residents wondering what is going on with a school district that has long been a source of pride and a draw for new arrivals,” Sergio González writes.
The two just-elected Board of Education members who Vote Montclair had backed say group founder Erik D’Amato doesn’t speak for them “nor anyone else who was involved with the now defunct Vote Montclair.”
What a quickly run race with a crowded field, held in March, does and doesn’t tell us
Elected board members will serve a term of one year and nine months.
The machine for the Ward 1, District 6 polling site broke down around 6 p.m.
Advocates for all sides talk about accountability, representation, protecting what makes Montclair special — but they disagree sharply on how to ensure or protect those values.
Sergio Gonzalez says he admires his former BOE colleagues for authorizing the schools superintendent to sue the Montclair Education Association, but it would have been easier with an elected board.
Voters will decide Nov. 2 whether Montclair should have an elected or appointed school board.
Susan Mack of the LWV says the group chose two people ‘who will most ably represent our position’ for the forum.
Montclair Local’s participants for Thursday’s forum on whether Montclair should have an elected or appointed school board are: Sergio Gonzalez, Diane Anglin, Peter Braley and Johanna Wright.
Several community leaders say they’re not ready to pick a side, but they support the question going to voters.
“I look forward to a time when the community can come together in the spirit of collaboration and caring that I know can be achieved in Montclair,” she said.
Departing board member alleged the mayor let Montclair Education Association vet at least one candidate.
Sergio Gonzalez, passed over for reappointment, alleges Mayor Sean Spiller had at least one outgoing member interviewed by the Montclair Education Association.