Almost Half Of Berkeley Board Of Education Members Appointed, Not Elected

Several of those appointed lost in previous school board elections


Swearing in a new board member is getting to be a familiar routine at Berkeley Board of Education meetings this year.

was the latest. He was sworn in at the Aug. 16 board meeting to replace former board member . Parks resigned on May 25.

She said in her resignation letter she was leaving because of the "lack of professionalism of the members of the Berkeley Township School Board and the mismanagement of Berkeley Township taxpayers funds in reference to the hiring of an interim superintendent.

The nine-member board now has four members on the dais who were not elected.

They include:

Reuter, 34, Scott Drive. Reuter lost a bid for a board seat in 2011, when he ran with Louis J. Tuminaro. He said during the campaign the board had become "politicized" and wanted to put the focus on students. He was also a strong supporter of former superintendent Joseph H. Vicari.

“Me and Lou feel very strongly that people can have their politics, but that politics has no business on the school board,” Reuter said then.  “People on the school board need to be unified in working for parents and children and not for a political party.”

Louis J. Tuminaro, 41, Deal Avenue. He previously served one term on the board, from 2007 to 2010. He lost bids for a second term in 2010 and 2011. He was appointed earlier this year to fill one of the seats vacated after former board members John Bacchione and Thomas Grosse won seats on the Township Council. He was also a strong Vicari supporter.

has left board meetings early several times since he was appointed to leave for his job as a maintenance worker with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. The Aug. 16 board meeting started at 6:30 p.m. He left the meeting at 7:36 pm.

Board President Steven delayed the public portion of the Aug. 16 meeting so Tuminaro could give his buildings and grounds committee report before he left to go to work.

John MacMoyle, Northern Boulevard. MacMoyle was appointed earlier this year to replace former longtime board president James J. Byrnes, who was appointed to a seat on the Township Council. Byrnes is president of the Township Council.

David M. Ytreboe, Manhattan Avenue. He was appointed to replace one of the two seats left vacant when Bacchione and Grosse were sworn into the Township Council.

MacMoyle, Tuminaro and Ytreboe are being up in November by Patrick Mooney, Pheasant Drive, George A. Kaminski, Ravenwood Drive, Lieto Bento, Browning Avenue, Donnie Clyburn, Second Avenue, and Keith Fisher, Pheasant Drive.

There's also a race for the one-year unexpired term created by resignation.

Reuter and Lauren Ciccone-Zawada, Mill Creek Road, are both vying for the one-year seat.

Betsy Huhn August 18, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Makes you wonder how a person can Loose an election, which means that the tax payers did nto want that person making decisions for our kids, but can be appointed by his/her friends already on the board.. Why bother having an election??
Christine Dwight August 18, 2012 at 09:48 PM
This board reeks of politics, they should all be voted out and start fresh! Maybe then something will actually get done for the students and not other peoples agendas!!
Steve August 18, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Often the problem is that the RIGHT kind of people for these Boards are not interested due to the cronyism, infighting and even corruption that exists... Sort of like D.C.
Steve August 18, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Interesting phenomena... It begs the question: Did the person who resigned do so due to excessive grief from the other members, grief designed to provoke a resignation so that their buddy who lost could now join the board?
rich g August 18, 2012 at 10:49 PM
stephanie August 18, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Lauren Zawada August 18, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Ignite Change this November’s Election. Vote for: Keith Fisher George Kaminski Lauren Zawada Pat Mooney We are the voices for the students and taxpayers to ensure, “Quality Education and Fiscal Responsibility”.
Keith Fisher August 18, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Vote for " Quality Education and Fiscal Responsablity" in November. Keith Fisher George Kaminski Pat Mooney Lauren Ciccone The constant frustration with this current boards actions have compelled us all to run. With every taxpayers vote we can become their voice. We need to take politics out of this board and create a new working board for the taxpayers to generate new ideas, freshen old ones and spend money wisely.
maureen hall August 18, 2012 at 11:55 PM
how true Betsy
Thomas August 19, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Done deal!
Doris Cauda August 19, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Yes, Rich G. Why not look into the Board? The problem is that NO ONE DOES. When was the last time YOU went to a Board of Ed meeting? All of you complain about the spending and taxes but, do you really know how it all works, who votes for what and why? Parents complain about the seniors voting down the school budget but where are they on voting day? School funding is the biggest chunk of your property taxes and yet, the Board meetings usually have low attendance. And, where are our upstanding residents who will take the time out to run for these seats? By upstanding, I mean WITHOUT POLITICS. I'm sick of the political bashing when the focus should be on the students.
Eric August 19, 2012 at 02:47 PM
EMYGAK August 19, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Make some important changes for the children this November!!! Vote for: Keith Fisher George Kaminski Lauren Zawada Pat Mooney "Quality Education and Fiscal Responsibility”.
mickey adzima August 20, 2012 at 01:58 AM
its so sad to see the direction our district has went, change is needed people not voted for should not fill seats!
Ted Palfrey August 21, 2012 at 09:27 PM
The Corzine/Menendez hand picked Dawn Parks team: Keith Fisher George Kaminski Lauren Zawada Pat Mooney
Ted Palfrey August 21, 2012 at 09:29 PM
The new hand picked Democrats to tax & spend 2013! Keith Fisher George Kaminski Lauren Zawada Pat Mooney
Ted Palfrey August 21, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Dawn Parks resigned because her best buddy Jason Varano & their tax & spend patronage machine crashed and burned like Keith Fisher, George Kaminski Lauren Zawada, and Pat Mooneywill soon face in November with Obama/Menendez!


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