Saturday, March 6, 2010

Another song

...for the day

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Parade Pix

The doggie and the band

A reader wrote in that little doggie is theirs and Jackie who gets excited by the bagpipes.

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More pagentry

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Sights and Sounds

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Time to rock

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Just underway

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Guest of the Stable: Kids First

Spring is coming and that means election time in Hoboken. It also means the Kids First 2010 campaign has kicked-off!

In less than a year the Kids First majority on the Hoboken Board of Education has been a leader of reform by:

-Hiring outside legal counsel to review existing employment contracts;

-Uncovering and correcting irregularities and unlawful provisions in employee contracts;

-Eliminating positions: the Assistant Business Administrator, the Assistant to the Superintendent, the Chief Information Officer, the HVAC Coordinator and the General Technician;

-Accepting the resignation of the former Superintendent with just two months notice;

-Hiring a highly qualified interim Superintendent, Mr. Peter Carter;

-Witnessing the first ever presentation of the NJASK test results and the results of the Annual Audit to the Board and the public; 

-Supporting the Superintendent's hiring of Educational Consultants for teacher training and support;

-Accepting the resignations of the in-house attorney, the tenured Business Administrator, a Board member and the tenured Board Secretary;

-Hiring an experienced interim Business Administrator; 

-Appointing long time community leader, District volunteer and parent, Irene Sobolov to the Board.

We are excited by the enormous progress and reform Kids First has made but this is just the beginning of a long journey.  We need your help and support again.  

Please join us this Sunday, March 7th to meet the Kids First Board of Education Candidates for 2010. The Kick-Off party will be held at Maxwells (at 11th and Washington) from 12 - 3pm. It's a family event so please bring your children. 
Incumbents Rose Marie Markle and Irene Sobolov along with their running mates Leon Gold and Jean Marie Mitchell will be available to answer all questions.  
We hope to see you there,
Theresa Minutillo and Ruth McAllister 

Photo: Theresa Minutillo courtesy

Guest of the Stable: Nathan Brinkman

"I read with interest your latest piece on Mayor Zimmer's endorsement of Kids First.  

"Although you are certainly free to state your contrary opinion, I wanted to make clear that I don't personally view this race as 'Zimmer vs. Brinkman.'  I can assure you that my own support of the 'Real Results' slate is in no way related to my assessment of the Zimmer administration's performance to date. 

"While I appreciate that you've characterized my past campaign as 'issues focused,' I'm not sure why you've maintained that it was 'disconnected' from the day-to-day issues facing our city.  My campaign focused primarily on downsizing government, cutting taxes, and implementing sweeping fiscal transparency measures.  In light of our city's fiscal crisis, which culminated in a state takeover and massive property tax hikes, I'd say that's precisely what the doctor ordered. 

"Likewise, 'Real Results' has thus far advocated higher standards, fiscal discipline, and open, transparent decision-making--priorities that are hardly 'disconnected' from the day-to-day realities of our school district.  In addition, they've recently shared their views on the superintendent hiring process--the most crucial task that will face the board after the election.

"Finally, I'd like to point out that Liz Markevitch has a daughter in Elysian Charter School, and that she will attend Hoboken High this fall.  Two candidates--Forsman and Tucker--are married (not to each other!), and are planning to raise their respective families here.  One candidate (Lin) is not married, and has no children.  He is a taxpayer, however, with a deep interest in the welfare of his community.

"All that said, I am not of the view that one must have a child in the district (or plan to have one) in order to serve effectively.  I personally evaluate candidates according to their qualifications, overall philosophy, and positions on specific issues.  I am confident that voters--most of whom don't have children enrolled in the district's schools--feel the same way."

If you would like to submit a piece as a "Guest of the Stable" please send us your topic, along with 1000 words or less and a photo. The "Guest of the Stable" series is unedited and is a direct voice to the Hoboken community.  Nathan Brinkman's submission was original a personal note then converted for this post.