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.

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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