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 held their school elections on Tuesday.
Cranbury – School board President Lynne Schwarz and member Nicole Pormilli were re-elected, but challenger Karen Callanhan beat school board Vice President Austin Schraudenbach for the third seat, according to unofficial election results available last night.
Schwarz received 273 votes, Pormilli 264, Callahan 230, Schraudenbach 207 and Ash Hadap 174.
Cranbury voters approved a $17.4 million school budget 318-121. It will raise taxes on the average home by $301.92.
Edison – Voters re-elected Deborah A. Anes for a third term on the school board, but Lora L. Fong and Margot Harris both outpolled board member Joseph Romano and won the other two spots, according to unofficial results available last night.
Fong received 2,176 votes, Anes 2,152, Harris 2,078, David Hoffman Jr. 1,771, Romano 1,667 and Michael Winters 1,031.
Voters narrowly approved a $212.1 million budget that would raise taxes on the average home by $72, with 2,200 “yes” votes to 2,148 “no” votes, according to unofficial results.
Metuchen – Three newcomers defeated school board Vice President France Brennan, according to unofficial results available last night. Tara Matise was the top vote-getter with 758, followed by Aileen McGuire with 711, Lea Lanton with 677 and Brennan with 653.
Metuchen voters overwhelmingly approved a 2012-13 school budget that raises $32.5 million via tax levy, increasing taxes on the average home $104, passing it 853 votes to 355.
Sayreville – Incumbents Jill Trapp and Kevin E. Ciak were re-elected to the school board, where they will be joined by Carl Brodzinski who defeated Nathan L. Fisher for the final seat.
According to unofficial tallies available last night, Trapp received 1,260 votes, Ciak 1,197, Brodzinski 1,142 and Fisher 1,007.
Sayreville voters approved an $83.6 million 2012-13 budget which will raise taxes on the average home by $60.63 by a 1,039-975 margin, according to unofficial results.
West Windsor – Plainsboro – Plainsboro voters re-elected school board member Anthony Fleres, but challenger Yibao Xu defeated Quentin Walsh for the second spot representing the township on the combined school board. West Windsor voters chose Michele Kaish over Abitanto for the seat representing the Mercer County township.
Fleres won 711 votes, Xu 647 and Walsh 365 in Plainsboro, while Kaish received 1,431 votes to Abitanto’s 466 in West Windsor, according to unofficial results available last night.
Voters approved a $164.9 million budget by an overall vote of 2,093 to 943, with Plainsboro voters approving it by a 621-347 margin. The budget will raise taxes by $61 for the average Plainsboro homeowner, and lower them by $33 for the average West Windsor homeowner.
According to the New Jersey School Boards Association, voters approved school budgets in 63 of 70 districts statewide that placed spending plans on the ballot yesterday. Three other school districts with April elections – South Orange/Maplewood, which has a board of school estimate approve its annual budget, and the state-operated districts of Newark and Paterson – do not place their proposed budgets on the ballot, and conduct only board-member elections. The remaining 468 New Jersey school districts will hold elections for board members in November.