CLARK – Clark’s Township Council voted this week to move school board elections from April to November. The move will save money by reducing the number of elections held during the year, and it is hoped that the change will increase voter participation.
On Tuesday, Assembly Majority Lou Greewald (D-Camden) trumpeted the success of the new law he sponsored allowing school districts to hold their elections in conjunction with the general election in November. According to the assemblyman, 225 of New Jersey’s 538 elected school boards opted to make the switch.
“This idea has been talked about for decades but was always killed by inertia or the special interests,” said Greenwald (D-Camden). “By bringing all the stakeholders to the table and forging a compromise, we passed this major reform measure in a matter of weeks. Now, my solution is proving to be a quick and astounding success, with nearly 42 percent of the state’s elected school boards already making the move to November school elections. This truly remarkable momentum benefits both taxpayers and democracy and shows we can get things done when we work together for sensible reform.”
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