Thursday, June 26, 2014


The upcoming Board of Education election looks to be a competitive battle with all three incumbents up for re-election declaring they will not run again.

Bill Gaudelli, Andrea Wren-Hardin and Sandra Karriem have all announced they will not seek another term. Does this say something about the difficulties of the job or is it just a one-time thing?

This leaves a much better opportunity for anyone who wishes to challenge for those open seats on the nine-member board.

So far, just one person has formally entered the race; South Orange resident Donna Smith announced this week she plans to run.

In a statement she said:
“I know how things work in our District—who the participants are, how the funding works, and how the support organizations and volunteers work cooperatively with the schools to maintain our academic excellence ... I will ensure we move forward as a District with an educational experience that is well rounded and beneficial to all our children.

Other potential candidates have until July 28 to file for a spot on the November school board election ballot.

The board shift will occur at the same time the district is searching for a replacement for outgoing superintendent Brian Osborne, who leaves next week for a new job in New Rochelle, N.Y.

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