Children First, the West New York Board of Education team supported by Mayor Felix Roque, have formally announced their platform, which includes promoting STEAM programs and parental involvement.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“I am running due to the fact that I believe in the promise of our public school system and I truly want to help make it better. I am expecting a child of my own in November and he will eventually be enrolled in this district,” Board Trustee David Morel said in a statement.
“I consider this to be the main driving force for me to help make the West New York Public School District the best it can be!”
Morel, who was appointed to the board in May, works in a managerial role for the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and also serves as a part-time legislative aide to Assemblywoman Angelica Jimenez (D-32).
“I want to lay the foundation that will cultivate the next generation of leaders in this community, and I know people will see the passion I have for community and the principles of democracy,” said candidate Jose Alcantara.
Alcantara, a 2008 graduate of Memorial High School, currently works in town’s tax assessor office and is taking classes to earn his master’s degree in public administration at St. Peter’s University.
“The decision to run for re-election to the West New York Board of Education is cemented in my desire to represent the citizens of the town,” added Board President Adam Parkinson.
“While I feel my fellow trustees and I have made great strides, it is important to continue progress.”
Parkinson is the youngest serving BOE member in West New York history, appointed at age 20, and was the valedictorian at Memorial High School in 2013.
As far as their goals on the board, the Children First team said they plan on promoting science, technology, arts and mathematics programs to enhance student achievement, encouraging more parental involvement in the schools, supporting teachers and staff, updating buildings to create better, safer learning environments and finding cost-effective solutions to maximize student success.
Political operative Pablo Fonseca will be running their campaign.
Yesterday, Hudson County View reported that the mayor and the board of commissioners are hosting a fundraiser for the team at Las Palmas on September 29.
Eight candidates are seeking three, three-year terms on the West New York BOE in this election cycle. Election Day is November 8.