School Board Election Season Needs Our Engagement for Important Issues 2013

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School Board Election Season is upon us, and the Metuchen Citizens for Quality Education (CQE) has begun its annual mission to engage all Metuchen citizens in the electoral process.  Each April, voters are asked to elect three candidates for the School Board, and most importantly, to vote for the budget which ensures the high quality of our schools. Polls at all regular voting stations will be open on Tuesday April 16, 2013 from 2 PM until 9 PM.

CQE believes that voting YES for the budget "is imperative in protecting both the quality of our schools and the value of our real estate properties. Earlier this month, our organization was at the Metuchen High School where thirty-five eligible and interested students were registered to vote.  If you know someone who is eligible but not yet registered to vote in Middlesex County, please alert them to our webpage below."

If getting to the polls may be difficult, CQE urges all voters to consider absentee ballots as a sure and easy way to cast your vote. Anyone may vote by mail with an absentee ballot.  For information and application forms for both voter registration and absentee ballots, please see

Voters will cast their votes for up to three candidates for three open seats on the Board this year. The candidates include incumbents Jonathan Lifton and Rose deVries and newcomers Michael Stern and Erica Doyle. (Although her name will appear on the ballot, Ms. Doyle has withdrawn her candidacy.)

As in the past, CQE has posed 5 questions to the candidates. Within the next few weeks, we will be sending out our questions with each candidate's answers so that you can get to know them better and their thoughts about education and the schools.  The answers will be printed on Metuchen Matters and the MM Facebook page when they are in.

If you'd like to help with the CQE Get Out the Vote Campaign, please write to the organization at

The questions posed to the candidates this year are:

1. Why are you running for the Metuchen Board of Education?

2.  What do you believe are the Metuchen School District's strengths? Are there areas in our schools where you'd like to see growth?

3. Balanced Literacy and Differentiated Learning are now part of the District's curriculum at the elementary school level. How can we ensure success for all students at every level?

4.  Many would say, "The fork in the road to college can be found in the middle school." How can we optimize success for college and careers by focusing on the middle school curriculum, programming, etc.?

5. How important to you is the community's interest, knowledge and participation in school issues? How would you go about increasing public input, if at all?

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