In my opinion, I would like to see the School Board elections continue to be held in April.
I believe they should be held separate and distinct from other politics.
Holding them with Federal, State, County, and even City elections will dilute their importance to locate communities and while the numbers will go up for general voter participation, I believe the candidates’ messages and platforms will be lost amongst that of Presidents, Senators, Congresspersons, Governors, Assemblypersons, Freeholders, Mayors and the like. School Board matters deserve their own election, and April is the right time for it.
That is precisely why I was in favor of moving Council elections to November. Along with saving some money, it provided that separation needed between School Board and City elections, we didn’t have in the past with one election in April and one in May.
If you feel the same please reach out to our locate Board members as well as our State Senators and Assemblypersons and express yourselves.
Legislation sponsored by Senator Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) and Shirley K. Turner (D-Mercer) to give voters, Municipalities, and School Districts the ability to move local school elections from April to November was approved by Senate committee and will now go to the full Senate. Bill ( A-4394/S-3148).