By John Heinis/Hudson County View
In a press release, the three candidates, all seeking three-year terms, collectively cited the effort to complete the process of transitioning Jersey City schools back to full, local control.
They also pointed to the population growth in the city, the need to oversee the redistricting of City schools and ensuring financial stability in the wake of State of New Jersey cuts to
the districtâ€™s adjustment aid.
â€œIâ€™m extremely proud of the collaborative work we have done to tackle this final hurdle towards regaining full control of our schools,” Lyons said in a statement.
â€œAfter 28 years of state-control, we have finally accomplished the milestones necessary to regain the trust of both the State of New Jersey and the taxpayers of Jersey City. I am proud of how we have been able to move our district forward and feel strongly that it is our duty to oversee this last step and ensure a smooth transition back to local control.â€
â€œThe State has entrusted this current Board to not only receive control, but also oversee a smooth and responsible transition,â€ added Richardson.
â€œOur challenge now is to carry-out the transition in the wake of cuts to our State aid, requiring our district to be extra cautious with how revenues are generated and spent.â€
Lyons and Richardson were elected to the board as part of the Jersey City Education Association-backed ticket, known as Education Matters, back in November 2014.
Their running mate at the time, Joel Torres, the current president of the board, is running for District 4 freeholder in the November 7th general election.
As a result, one, one-year term on the Jersey City BOE will also be up for grabs during this election cycle.
â€œAs the newest member to the board, it has been an honor and a privilege to serve the students of Jersey City at such an exciting point in history,” DeGise stated.
“As an educator, I understand what our classrooms need, but just as importantly, I know how financial insecurity impacts the classroom. While Iâ€™m pleased to see the City work with the district towards a solution for our loss in state aid, I will fight to ensure that our classrooms see every dollar possible.â€
Amy DeGise and Lyons are teachers outside of the Jersey City school district, while Richardson is an accountant.
While the BOE elections aren’t until November 7th, candidates must file their petitions for nomination by July 31st.