Tuminaro Makes Another Bid for Second Term on Berkeley School Board

Deal Avenue resident says there is too much bickering on current board

Louis J. Tuminaro says he is running for a seat on the school board because he feels the recent debate about schools Superintendent Joseph H.  Vicari has removed the focus from students and education.

“There is a lot of bickering back and forth,” said Tuminaro, who is running as a team with Gerard Reuter. “We want to be the voice of the community.”

Tuminaro, 40, previously served one term on the board, from 2007 to 2010. He lost a bid for a second term in 2010.

The Deal Avenue resident has lived in town for eight years. He and his wife Gina have two children who attend schools in the Berkeley district.

Tuminaro is a maintenance worker for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority's Garden State Parkway Division. He attended Brookdale Community College.

Vicari, who returned to the district on April 1 after a two-year absence, had offered to work for free. But state statutes require that certified school administrators be paid a salary, so Vicari agreed to come back for $18,500, with no benefits. A previous school board did not renew his contract in 2008, a move Vicari said was political and engineered by the local and county Democratic organizations.

"Vicari has done a fine job for the six years he has been there," Tuminaro said. "Now that we want to talk consolidation, there  is no one better for the job than Mr. Vicari."
Tuminaro said Vicari returning to his position for a reduced salary  “saves the taxpayers money, so I am all for it.”

He also weighed in on the debate on whether the district should be funding a three-day outdoor education program for sixth-graders to Stokes State Forest. Funding was removed two years ago, but reinstated this past year. The proposed budget would eliminate funding for the trip in the coming year, but a non-profit foundation has been formed to raise funds so that the trip continues.

Tuminaro said he personally supports the Stokes trip, but he would have liked to have seen the issue presented to voters as a ballot question.

“I’m for the program," he said. "We have to look out for the best interests of the children. If we can fit it in the budget let’s go for it.”

Tuminaro stressed that his primary goal is the best interests of the children.

“I really feel we do not need to eliminate teacher positions," he said. "There is talk of building a $600,000 building. That is not a good use of revenues. More teachers and better teachers are what are needed for this town.”

bob April 23, 2011 at 06:45 PM
"Tuminaro stressed that his primary goal is the best interests of the children" Wow another stellar comment from this guy! His primary interests are Lou, Lou and Lou and Vicari. In one day goes from VP of Democratic club, to registered republican . Great convictions and Great timing. He was appointed on the board last time around because he cant win an election, got crushed when he ran for council and now after being a Vicari opponent for years, has a change of heart. Same ol politics, Mr. Tuminaro give it up you are what is wrong with school board elections. You put the Lou in Loser
Bobby D April 23, 2011 at 07:04 PM
Not sure we need to resort to calling him a loser, but he certainly baffles me. Who is this guy? Jekyl or Hyde? He has made it his point to criticize and brow beat Vicari...now he sounds like his best friend. Hey Lou, changing your political affiliation is one thing, changling your views completely is another. So...nobody better than Vicari to consolidate? He is part of the County machine that is KING of duplicated services. Before you make ignorant comments realize that our residents are a lot smarter than you think. Your article is a carbon copy of Gerry's......do you have anything original? Oh yeah....all your campaign goals were last elections too.
Bobby D April 23, 2011 at 07:53 PM
Oh yeah...I forgot to mention...everyone seems to want to keep bringing up this $600,000 salt building....Hmmm...I would assume it was proposed under the Repubs watch I'll bet a dollar to a donut that a Vicari friendly contractor gets the bid. That project should be immediately scrapped....it doesn't cost that much for a shed first off...secondly, split the cost with Central Regional or rent space in the Township's salt building.
Frank Rizzo April 23, 2011 at 08:04 PM
Mr. Tuminaro, I’m sure you have good intentions as to the education of our children and your own. However, the fact is you have no educational backround to qualify as a director in the future education of our children. You are severely under qualified for this position. You can’t say “Well I do have experience, I went to high school”. College and high school are two different animals, and when confronted with a choice in your own education, you bellied down, quit, and took a job with the GSP as a janitor. So how can you lead by example? Your in no position to tell children to stay in school, study hard, when you yourself turned your back on that challenge. So now your going to vote on the board (if elected) to decide what’s best for our childrens educational future? Come Lou, let’s be real. Your first tenure on the board was wrapped with a bow on it, then when the voters had the chance to speak they voted you out. You can still have a voice and show up at all the board meetings as a member of the community. So, I’ll leave you with this, what qualifies you to be a leader in the community as an educational board member? What are your credentials? What do you bring to the table that already hasn’t been said? Are you a democrat, republican, independent? Why did you abandon your educational studies as a student? Sorry Lou, you mean well, but you are a square peg in a round hole for this position.
Joe Facts April 27, 2011 at 03:24 PM
lou please. Thank god you have an overpaid job! Are you part of the yo yo party! Please make up your mind!
Anonymous April 28, 2011 at 02:27 AM
Jose Deer April 28, 2011 at 03:19 AM
congrats on beating the write in


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