An open letter from Carl Lawson, Pete Siino and Bob English to Eatontown Borough residents telling of their intent to seek another term on the Eatontown School Board in the November election.
We are taking a moment to let the members of our community know that we will be candidates for new three year terms on the Eatontown School Board beginning January 1, 2013. We were elected to our first terms on the school board in April of 2009.
Among the accomplishments that we are most proud of, is that despite huge cuts in state aid and the loss of surplus (to the State), the Eatontown District has been able to preserve its educational programs without placing a large new burden on the property taxpayers of the community. In the 10-11 and 11-12 school budget years there was no increase to the general fund tax levy. In the 12-13 school budget, the increase will be only 1%. In summary, during the entire three years we have served on the school board, the general fund tax levy has only risen 1%.
We have been committed to making improved student achievement our number one priority. The past 3 years has seen a tremendous growth in the level of technology in the district. At the same time, we have fully supported numerous ways to reduce costs and increase shared services.
Carl Lawson said “I remember when I ran for my first term, thinking that I wanted to help the district, the whole district, to make it the best situation for every child enrolled in the town I grew up in, Eatontown. I feel I have fulfilled those thoughts and then some. Words alone cannot describe how happy I'll be to serve the Eatontown School District for another term. I served on many committees through these last 3 years, Finance, Technology, Educational Resources and Shared Services. I feel I have a very strong grip on how things are done and look forward to being a part of the Eatontown Board of Education once again.”
Pete Siino commented that “I think back to the days I spent as a student of the Eatontown Schools, and I am thankful for the great school system which I experienced. I am proud to see my children getting a great education in this district. I have served three years on the Eatontown Board of Education, as Chair of Operations and as a member of Technology and Energy Savings Committees. I feel I have contributed in many ways and believe I have a lot more to offer the students and our community.”
Bob English noted that “I attended many school board meetings long before ever considering becoming a candidate for the board myself. That gave me some basic understanding of what the position entailed. Once elected, I have taken advantage of many courses and seminars offered by the New Jersey School Boards Association especially those that relate to the committees on which I serve including Finance, Negotiations (Chairperson) and Shared Services. I will continue to make myself the best board member I can be for the students and residents of Eatontown.”
Lastly, one of our concerns of having school board elections in November (November 6) was the worry that local politics could be injected into those elections. We firmly believe that politics poisons school boards and are committed to seeing that it never becomes a factor on the Eatontown School Board. With that said, we want to make it clear that we are not and will not be aligned with any political party as far as this election is concerned or when it comes to our service on the board.