Three Jersey City council members, including President Rolando Lavarro, have endorsed the “Preparation, Community, Sustainability” team in the local board of education race.Â
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
â€œDuring these times of divisive politics, we need leaders who are collaborative and transparent, as we push forward to regain full control of our schools,” Lavarro said in a statement.
“This team believes that children from all communities deserve excellent education. Vidya, Neil, and Dominique will fight for our students and work with teachers, administrators, and community stakeholders to achieve the best outcomes for our kids.â€
BOE Trustee Vidya Gangadin is running with local business owner Neil Abadie and NJCU admissions counselor Dominque Smith.
They are the only full slate challenging the Jersey City Education Association-backed Education Matters, who pulled 1, 2, 3 on the November 6th ballot. Despite that fact, they appear to be game opponents heading into the home stretch.
â€œIn order for our Jersey City public schools to continue to improve, we need a Board that will be accessible and accountable,” added Ward B Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey.
“Board members not only should be good advocates for the best interests of our educational community, but they must be good listeners, hearing the issues and addressing them. Vidya, Neil, and Dominique can do just that. They bring the right skills and temperament, creating a united community.”
Ward E Councilman James Solomon, a college professor by trade, rounded out the endorsements from City Hall on Thursday.
â€œHonesty, responsibility, and putting community first â€“ these principles are important to me and shared by Vidya, Neil, and Dominique, which is what our Board of Education needs,” stated Solomon.
“They are extremely qualified to serve as our cityâ€™s newest School Board members and will bring fresh perspective and passion for delivering quality education.â€