Three seats up for grabs in Nov. FRHSD election
Residents of the majority of New Jersey’s school districts had until June 6 to file petitions for nomination to contend for a place on their local board of education.
Board members in most New Jersey school districts voted earlier this year to push the date of the annual school board election from April to November.
The 2012 school election will take place on the same day that residents will be heading to the polls to elect local and national political leaders. The Freehold Regional High School District Board of Education will have three three-year terms available in the Nov. 5 school board election.
The terms are for the Freehold Borough and Manalapan representatives, and for one of two seats held by a Howell representative.
Incumbent Harold “Heshy” Moses will run uncontested for the Freehold Borough seat, according to district officials.
Under the FRHSD’s voting system, residents of Freehold Borough and Freehold Township will be able to vote for Moses as he seeks to retain his seat on the board. Moses joined the board after retiring from his teaching and coaching positions at Freehold High School.
In Manalapan, incumbent Jennifer Sutera will seek re-election. Resident Gloria Close has also filed to run for the Manalapan seat. Under the FRHSD’s voting system, residents of Manalapan and Englishtown will be able to vote for Sutera or Close.
The term of Howell representative Bill Bruno is ending and he is not seeking reelection to the board. No one in Howell filed a petition to run for that seat.
Because no candidate from Howell will be on the ballot, write-in votes will determine the outcome of this election, according to the county election office.
Under the FRHSD’s voting system, residents of Howell and Farmingdale will have the right to write in the name of a Howell resident who they would like to see gain a seat on the board.
Bruno, who is a former teacher, coach and administrator in the FRHSD and is currently an athletic director in another school district, cited additional professional responsibilities as his reason for not seeking re-election.
“My time constraints are difficult at best,” he said. “I had a great experience and I just wish my position in the district where I work had not come to the point where they had to make some budgetary decisions which directly impacted my ability to do this position well, as well as my job.”
The FRHSD board oversees the operation of a district that includes six high schools, with approximately 11,800 students from eight sending municipalities.