Bayonne BOE candidate John Cupo says $120M school budget needs more efficiency

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Bayonne Board of Education candidate John Cupo says the school district’s $120 million budget must have “waste somewhere” and should be balanced more efficiently.

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“There has to be waste somewhere, or there was to be somewhere where more efficiency can be applied toward a budget of that magnitude,” Cupo said about the budget.

“If you calculate it, per children (sic), $120 million for the year, that makes it somewhere around $12,000 a year to educate one child in the Bayonne school system. There are 1,640 employees, that’s including teachers and all the other people who take care of the school system. There has to be some amount of waste in that budget.”

Cupo also called the Bayonne BOE’s pay scale “top heavy,” exclaiming that “there’s probably $1 million right away that can be saved.”

“I can use that money to solve the teacher’s contract not just for one year … the teacher’s are looking for longevity in their contract.”

Cupo also weighed in on what he thought about Mayor Jimmy Davis endorsing Denis Wilbeck and what his long-term goals for the school district are.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Is John Cupo for real after watching him attempt to explain why he should be elected it became clear why he shouldn’t. His narcissistic personality was clearly on display. His reference to a movement started by him distorts and undermines the time and need for a change it was the people’s will not his. He spoke about the teacher’s contact taken five years to negotiate but supplied little or no facts of what the problem was or a solution of how to correct this breach from happening again. Then when he spoke about the 120 million dollar budget he stated there is waste there got to be waste. What a rocket scientist he is . He reference our students as kids that cost some where between 12000 a year to educate, for real where is the some where between 12000. Then some amount of waste and more accountable to the public. I will start at the top there is a million dollar in salaries to cut . That he will utilize to provide better benefits and longevity(i am not certain if he meant longer contacts but a millions dries up real fast) as he said because longer contacts and strong salaries and benefits make stronger teachers. I don’t think the the teachers want to be stronger ,I believe they want to be treated fairly and dealt with in good faith. Then his ending if there is one thing to fix there is 50 other items . 2- 75 things need immediate attention. His lack of understanding the serious issues that have plague the district he doesn’t understand. His simple thinking and poor understanding of the budgetary constraints and process will be stepping backwards in time . John Cupo grade on this video is a F+ but with a learning curve of a D- .

      • I’m John Cupo and I’m running for the three-year term on the board of education.

        Nine people are running for the three-year term, but on election day you will have the opportunity to cast three votes among those nine candidates.

        I urge you to cast one of your votes for me – 6D – on the ballot, and cast your other two votes in this category for two other reform minded and independent thinking individuals who are not tied to the failed policies of the current school board.

        I need your vote. I need your vote to oust the current school board president with a vote of no confidence. I need your vote to call upon the four appointed school board trustees – who are not up for election this year – to resign at once … so we can have a totally new board not associated in anyway with the previous administration.

        And I need your vote so we can start fresh, and begin to provide better education to all of the students of Bayonne. After all, it is all about the kids.

        Today, our schools rank in the bottom third of all New Jersey schools. There is no excuse for that. We must do better. We must put students and teachers first and school administrators and bureaucrats last. Because improving educational standards goes hand-in-hand with improving efficiency in the school system. And as a life long business owner, who built the largest real estate company in Hudson County, I know the power of efficiency and the benefits it can bring.

        I helped create the MLS book for the real estate industry and turned it into a profitable proposition through it’s computerization – years before others in the industry even recognized the value of computers. I managed five real estate offices efficiently and was the top-selling and was top-listing broker for eight years.

        You can be sure that I will use my proven business experience to cut expenses when necessary, and strike down any contracts with vendors that are non-performing.

        For every dollar spent, I want to see a return of $1.50 in services. And I will fight each and every time to make sure we achieve this goal.

        Our school system consists of 1600 employees, 800 teachers, and over 9000 students. Half of the local tax bill you pay goes to our schools. We need a precise accounting of every dollar spent if we are to reign in Taxes and serve the community.

        I am determined to be The Watchdog Board of Education and watch out for your interests – and the interests of taxpayers,teachers, and students.

        The current board has failed. As I speak, $11.8 million dollars in education funds is unaccounted for…

        We have an ice rink that is badly need of repair and upgrading, And let’s not forget that it took five long years to get a new contract for our teachers.

        We have a school board that consists of nine people. Baseball teams also baseball teams also have nine people. But if the baseball team has six losing seasons in a row, they shake up the line up and field a new team with new players. And if that doesn’t work they fire the manager in this case Jimmy Davis.

        it’s time to put new managers in charge of the Bayonne school system so we can turn the situation around, and provide our students with winning semesters.

        We need a clean slate, and we need it now.

        We need a complete review of each and every contract – top to bottom- and we need transparency and openness.

        It’s it’s the People’s Board now, and when elected I will be accountable to you and you alone
        .
        All of the candidates who are up here on the stage tonight are here in large part because of the efforts of two people. I am proud that I helped start the elected school board movement two years ago – and served as it’s co-chair – along with Michael Alonso, who founded Bayonne School Board Choice and served as it’s chair.

        Together, with the help of dozens of others, we collected we collected over 8000 petitions to get it on the ballot so that Mayor Jimmy Davis and the council could ratify it.

        Needless to say, I am completely dedicated to improving education in Bayonne, and I have shown it with my actions.

        You already said “yes” to the petition that I helped start, and to the elected school board movement itself.

        Now, I humbly ask you to say “yes” to me. I need your vote on November third.

        I’m not running looking for a job – I’m running to do a job…To improve our school system and to serve all the members of our community.

        Thank you.

  2. Maybe we need to weed out the illegal out of town students that are using our schools.Second,the teachers need to receive a multi year contract so as not make their contract negotiations a political front every other year.Start building new schools now because the older ones are becoming too old and too expensive to keep up and repair and why continue to throw good money after bad.

  3. I’m John Cupo and I’m running for the three-year term on the board of education.

    Nine people are running for the three-year term, but on election day you will have the opportunity to cast three votes among those nine candidates.

    I urge you to cast one of your votes for me – 6D – on the ballot, and cast your other two votes in this category for two other reform minded and independent thinking individuals who are not tied to the failed policies of the current school board.

    I need your vote. I need your vote to oust the current school board president with a vote of no confidence. I need your vote to call upon the four appointed school board trustees – who are not up for election this year – to resign at once … so we can have a totally new board not associated in anyway with the previous administration.

    And I need your vote so we can start fresh, and begin to provide better education to all of the students of Bayonne. After all, it is all about the kids.

    Today, our schools rank in the bottom third of all New Jersey schools. There is no excuse for that. We must do better. We must put students and teachers first and school administrators and bureaucrats last. Because improving educational standards goes hand-in-hand with improving efficiency in the school system. And as a life long business owner, who built the largest real estate company in Hudson County, I know the power of efficiency and the benefits it can bring.

    I helped create the MLS book for the real estate industry and turned it into a profitable proposition through it’s computerization – years before others in the industry even recognized the value of computers. I managed five real estate offices efficiently and was the top-selling and was top-listing broker for eight years.

    You can be sure that I will use my proven business experience to cut expenses when necessary, and strike down any contracts with vendors that are non-performing.

    For every dollar spent, I want to see a return of $1.50 in services. And I will fight each and every time to make sure we achieve this goal.

    Our school system consists of 1600 employees, 800 teachers, and over 9000 students. Half of the local tax bill you pay goes to our schools. We need a precise accounting of every dollar spent if we are to reign in Taxes and serve the community.

    I am determined to be The Watchdog Board of Education and watch out for your interests – and the interests of taxpayers,teachers, and students.

    The current board has failed. As I speak, $11.8 million dollars in education funds is unaccounted for…

    We have an ice rink that is badly need of repair and upgrading, And let’s not forget that it took five long years to get a new contract for our teachers.

    We have a school board that consists of nine people. Baseball teams also baseball teams also have nine people. But if the baseball team has six losing seasons in a row, they shake up the line up and field a new team with new players. And if that doesn’t work they fire the manager in this case Jimmy Davis.

    it’s time to put new managers in charge of the Bayonne school system so we can turn the situation around, and provide our students with winning semesters.

    We need a clean slate, and we need it now.

    We need a complete review of each and every contract – top to bottom- and we need transparency and openness.

    It’s it’s the People’s Board now, and when elected I will be accountable to you and you alone
    .
    All of the candidates who are up here on the stage tonight are here in large part because of the efforts of two people. I am proud that I helped start the elected school board movement two years ago – and served as it’s co-chair – along with Michael Alonso, who founded Bayonne School Board Choice and served as it’s chair.

    Together, with the help of dozens of others, we collected we collected over 8000 petitions to get it on the ballot so that Mayor Jimmy Davis and the council could ratify it.

    Needless to say, I am completely dedicated to improving education in Bayonne, and I have shown it with my actions.

    You already said “yes” to the petition that I helped start, and to the elected school board movement itself.

    Now, I humbly ask you to say “yes” to me. I need your vote on November third.

    I’m not running looking for a job – I’m running to do a job…To improve our school system and to serve all the members of our community.

    Thank you.John R Cupo

  4. John Cupo’s ghost writer did a pretty decent job in conveying a message that would be appropriate for someone more articulate then John . His diatribe is full of lies both current and from the pass . He help create the MLS listing book is a complete fabrication of the true. Please just Google is name and his ugly shading pass will appear . His rhetoric of saying for every dollar spent he will get a dollar fifty back in service is ridiculously stupid and a shake down. Under local public contract law you get what you pay for nothing more or nothing less. Please the good people of Bayonne give John no vote on election day.So your districts educational institution can more forward and not be tattooed a street hustling (t)pony .

  5. Politickernj.com ” Notes Mayor Jimmy Davis has endorsed candidates in the up and comimg school board election.” But John “the moron” Cupo and his inked up side kick tattoo Tony have and are still an embarrassment to themselves and the City of Bayonne . By believing John Cupo is actually suitable enough to sit on the BBoEducation and make sound professional decision that will be for the greater good of our students and teachers. I predict John finishes last in the race , then shortly there after two face tattoo Tony will have a new assignment. Not near City Hall.

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  6. Here’s keeping it real ..Can hate me or love me you don’t count in life and your a nobody I love it..keep up the great work..Get a life …Jesus loves ya….

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