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2 Incumbents Among 3 Candidates for Lacey School Board

Two seats will be open on the November ballot

Three candidates filed to run for three seats on the Lacey Township Board of Education, according to the county clerk’s office.

Two seats representing Lacey are up for grabs. Incumbents Vice President Eric Schubiger and board member Maureen Tirella are seeking re-election for the three-year terms.

Schubiger will be seeking a fourth term having been elected in 2003 while Tirella is seeking a second term, elected in 2010. Tirella is actually completing her fourth year having joined the school board on former board member Tom Pelcheski’s unexpired term.

Schubiger and Tirella face one challenger: Regina Discenza. Discenza has been running for school board on and off for approximately eight years, she said.

The candidates list is unofficial, as names can be challenged for four days after the filing deadline, which was at 4 p.m. today.

This would be the first year for a November school board election for the Lacey Township School District. All Ocean County School Districts, with the exception of Lakewood, from April to November as a result of a bill signed into law by Gov. Christie in January, which then Lacey voted to move the election locally.

As a result, Schubiger and Tirella's terms were extended through the rest of 2012, Board of Education President Jack Martenak previously said. The school board's reorganization will take place in January.

Candidates will be listed in a separate section of the November ballot, as school board elections are nonpartisan.

Continue to follow Lacey Patch as elections near for more information and candidate profiles.

Moved out June 05, 2012 at 10:48 PM
If she gets in,I feel sorry for the Lacey township school district. And the children who attend any of the schools. It is that B S that make people move out of Lacey.
makemyday June 05, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Time to shake things up!
Lookin, and hopin, and singin, and prayin June 06, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Is it true that now that the school board elections are in November, we will not be able to vote on the school budget?
makemyday June 06, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Thats a good question that should be brought up at the BOE Meeting.
Silver dollar June 06, 2012 at 12:49 AM
The school budget goes in April if it is under 2% increase you do not get to vote on it . it goes directly to the state for approval . Over 2% you get to vote for the increase . so far this year if you have a $317.000 00.assessment you will get a $100.00 increase in your taxes Don't plan on voting on the budget for the next 3 years as the law says they cannot change back to the April elections and budget vote for 4 years after the adopt it Now that over the past few years you can see why the budget was increased by several million dollars with no tax increase (Try to figure where the 8 million dollars from the solar job went ) ? I can't Remember no voting on the budget unless it go over the 2% increase .
Elaine Piniat (Editor) June 06, 2012 at 02:12 AM
If the tax levy is under the 2 percent cap, the budget will not be on the ballot.
Dump the Chump June 06, 2012 at 02:02 PM
We can only pray that Eric Schubiger loses. He is just a yes vote controlled by the teachers. He got his reward in a fat job as Rec Director in TR. Time to get him out.
JD June 06, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Elaine-Thanks for adding some clarity to this article/topic. As part of the recent legislation in New Jersey, BOE Elections could be moved to November instead of April. By doing so, and combining the School Board Elections with General Elections, a Local BOE could save the taxpayers the cost of holding a School Election in April. Also, as you clearly stated, if the new tax levy is under the 2% cap, then it will not feature the voters casting a yes or no toward the tax levy. This is all part of legislation that was agreed upon by Governor Christie and the State Legislatures.
JD June 06, 2012 at 02:55 PM
D the C: Based on your post, and the view of it, I would assume that you believe a connection exists between the Lacey BOE and the Toms River Recreation Dept. Interesting to say the least. I would love to hear more if you have actual facts about this issue.
JD June 06, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I am not saying that from time to time a bit of "New Blood" is not a positive thing for any organization. With that stated, I find it rather disappointing that a fairly significant quantity of posts, from an array of different individuals, often are made on The Patch about the Lacey BOE and the overall management of the School District, and yet only 1 individual-Ms. Dicenza (this is certainly not the first time that she has run for public office in our community) has chosen to run against the 2 incumbents. If you really believe that Change" needs to take place on the Lacey Township BOE then why are not more individuals running for the BOE for the November 2012 BOE Elections? At times, you need to become part of the process if you would like to see overall change take place.
JD June 07, 2012 at 02:35 PM
In my opinion, at least 2 true upsides exist to moving the School BOE and Budget Elections to November: #1-Since, School BOE and Budget Elections will taking place at the same time as the General Election (and in this case a U.S. Presidential Election), voter turn-out will most likely be much greater than it was when these Voters/Elections took place in April. Thus, we should witness a higher number of voters actually vote. #2-The cost of a School BOE/Budget Election in April will not take place. Thus, saving the local taxpayers in Lacey Township some dollars. In my opinion, at least 2 downsides exist to moving the School BOE and Budget Elections to November: -We have to hope that BOE Elections do not become more political in nature. For example, a group of candidates running for the Local School BOE that are supported by one or both political parties in our community. -The fact that if the Overall Budget that has been developed does not exceed the 2% cap, that the voters will not have a say on it. Thus, like many changes that we see an upside and downside exist.
Silver dollar June 07, 2012 at 04:01 PM
JD on your #2 comment we save 40 to 50 thousand on a election Yet It cost us over a million in new taxes because the increase was under 2% . Where is the savings ?? You can bet for the next 3 years the budget will not go before the voters . when the option is to increase it with no voter ,s vote
tr June 07, 2012 at 04:17 PM
When I attend the BOE meetings, Ms. Dicenza and Mr. Moss are the only (2) two taxpayer oriented citizens, that I personally have witnessed, that are in regular attendance. They both are very knowledgeable about the finances and budget issues of the district. They are there as concerned fiscally conservative taxpayers and represent themselves and the rest of us very well. These statements, of course, are only my opinion. I would not hesitate to vote either one of these people onto the BOE of Lacey Township. Again, I have no political affiliation, I just feel that the seats on the BOE should always remain fluid and injected with new and different ideas at every election opportunity.
JD June 07, 2012 at 07:20 PM
TR-Thanks for your response. I have no problem or issues with leaders or community members that are fiscally conservative. That is, just as long as the fiscal approach that they suggest is based on facts and data. Thus, I look forward to hearing a bit more about what they (Mr. Moss and Ms. Dicenza) would suggest in order to hold down property taxes in the Township. Just for informational purposes, I too have no political affiliation in the township, and consider myself a "True Independent".
JD June 07, 2012 at 07:20 PM
W.J. Moss-I believe that we are somewhat in agreement. if you look at this part of my post you will see that I stated it was part of the downside of the New Law and Approach: -"The fact that if the Overall Budget that has been developed does not exceed the 2% cap, then the voters will not have a say on it." By the way, I firmly believe that if a School Budget should be voted on by the taxpayers each year, so should the Municipal Budget. That is just something that has never existed. I wonder why? Could it be the lawmakers, fear such an approach? As such, as per the recent legislation, if the Budget moves upward by less than 2% (and it could go as high as 1.99999%) then the public will not vote on it.
JD June 07, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Just in a quick summary, I believe that the vast majority of the Residents in Lacey Township would enjoy seeing our Property Taxes level off or increase only slightly. An approach such as that, is even more vitally important during the economic times that we have been through over these past 4 to 5 years or so. In addition, I would hope that this would be possible without greatly reducing the many positive services that are provided here in Lacey. Quite simply, I have found many of these services to be quite good through the past 30 years that my family has resided in Lacey.


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