UPDATE - POLL: Select the questions we ask BoE candidates

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We've finalized our poll on what questions you'd most like to ask the Board of Education candidates; the selections will be forwarded to the candidates shortly.  We'll ask for their responses in the next couple of weeks and print them here the week before the election.  Please note that we have not gotten confirmation from every candidate that they will answer your questions here.  Therefore to ensure you get information from each candidate before voting remember to check out Candidates Night on April 1.

Here are the questions that won our poll:

      1. What can be done to improve our standings in the NJ Report Card relative to other I districts? Should this even be a goal of the district?
      2. If you had a choice of enacting one change in the District, regardless of cost, what would it be and why?
      3. How will you work to hold the administration accountable and monitor their performance?
      4. What will you do to enact Full Day Kindergarten in the district?
      5. What do you plan on doing with our curriculum to help the district improve especially with non-UL kids?
      6. What do you think about a longer school day? Right now, again we are near the bottom of the I districts.
Click Continue reading below to see the full results of the poll.

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I agree, that comment from March 14 at 4:03 is as ridiculous today as the first time I saw it.

Even the local weekly we do have only publishes a Metuchen story every couple weeks, and by the time it comes out, it's old news anyway.

Considering that newspapers are struggling to survive right now, having slashed reporting staffs, the size of the paper and thus news coverage, you will see more local websites such as Metuchen Matters devoted to local issues. I think it is great that Metuchen Matters is stepping into that void by posing questions to the candidates. It would be really foolish of a candidate of any office to think that they are above answering questions, coming from anywhere.....

Since when is a public site a "special interest"--if the public reads it, and the public pays for the educational interests in our community, then it's not a "special interest"--even if you don't have children in the system, you ARE PAYING FOR THE EDUCATIONAL QUALITY AND PROCESSES IN THIS TOWN, Mr. taxpayer!

These are important issues and they have layers of interpretation--let the candidates answer as many questions as they want in as many forums as they want. We want our public officials to be accountable for their actions so let's give them as many chances as possible to explain how they view the issues!!

Anyone and any group should ask questions and the candidates should feel free to answer them. The more forums for meeting the candidates and asking and answering questions the better.

The candidates forum that is described in the second post here is actually run by a group --- the PT council, who has interest in supporting the schools. On the evening of the forum, they collect questions and choose the ones to put to the candidates. This is a valid forum and one that should continue, but no one should limit the questions to only coming from one group. There is no such thing as unbiased. The more groups posing questions and the more opportunities to share the candidates' views, the better any election will be.

Anyone should be able ask and get answers because the elected officials will be citizens who are accountable to the public. They should at least begin by being open to ALL Metuchenites.

Last year a private citizen endorsed three candidates in an email to over 700 Metuchen families (probably at least 1000 potential voters or so ) and he had every right to do so.

Let's not limit debate, discussion, and different points of view!!


"How come nothing on the Superintendent's exhorbitent salary ?"

There is a question on holding the administration accountable.

That is absurd. If they want to answer questions posed by Metuchen Matters or anyone else, that is their right.

The media is a special interest group?

The only venue that board of ed candidates should agree to answer questions is the candidates forum that will occur sometime before the election. Anyone who is interested in hearing the candidates answer questions should come to the debate and ask them there. Let's hope that all five candidates decline all invitations to answer any special interest groups questions including metuchen matters and wait until the public debate. This is the only fair and unbiased venue and hopefully all candidates will agree.

How come nothing on the Superintendent's exhorbitent salary ?

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