MIDDLESEX COUNTY – While the majority of New Jersey communities chose to take advantage of a new law that allowed them to move Board of Education elections to November in conjunction with the general election, five Middlesex County school districts will hold their school elections on Tuesday.
Cranbury, Edison, Metuchen, Sayreville and the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional district will hold their school elections on April 17.
Cranbury School Board President Lynne Schwarz, Vice President Austin Schraudenbach and member Nicole Pormilli are seeking re-election. Challengers Karen Callahan and Ash Hadap are also hoping to win seats. Cranbury voters will decide on a $17.4 million school budget that would raise taxes on the average home by $301.92.
In Edison, six candidates are running for three spots on the school board. Deborah A. Anes and Joseph T. Romano are both seeking third terms, while current board member David Dickinson opted not to seek re-election. The four challengers are Lora Fong, Margot Harris, David Hoffman Jr. and Michael Winters. Voters will also decide on a $212.1 million budget that would raise taxes on the average home by $72.
One incumbent and three newcomers are seeking three seats on Metuchen’s school board. Fran Brennan, currently serving as the school board’s vice president, is seeking her fourth term. The newcomers are Lea Lanton, Aileen McGuire, and Tara Matise. Metuchen voters will also decide on a 2012-13 school budget that raises $32.5 million via tax levy, increasing taxes on the average home $104.
Four candidates are vying for three spots on the Sayreville Board of Education. Incumbents Jill Trapp and Kevin E. Ciak are seeking re-election, while Carl Brodzinski and Nathan L. Fisher are also hoping to win seats on the board. Sayreville voters will also decide on an $83.6 million 2012-13 budget which will raise taxes on the average home by $60.63.
Peter Abitanto and Michele Kaish are running for one seat on the school board representing West Windsor, while Yibao Xu is challenging incumbents Anthony Fleres and Quentin Walsh for one of two seats representing Plainsboro. Voters will decide on a $164.9 million budget that raises taxes by $61 for the average Plainsboro homeowner, and lowers them by $33 for the average West Windsor homeowner.
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