“The three incumbent Middletown Township Board of Education members whose seats are up on the nine-member board are not running in this year’s election. Vying to fill their three-year seats are six newcomers to the race.
Each has pointed to a vast number of issues they’d like to address in the district if elected.
In interviews with the candidates, everything from better budget balancing, to improvement of school facilities, to exploration of more shared services, to greater focus on academics were listed as motivations for running.
Others cited imminent district needs such as transparency, tackling pension reform and review and reassessment of administrators’ salaries. One candidate said that the simple addressing of “negative rhetoric” on and around the board is critical.
All felt they had the expertise, qualifications and background necessary to make them most qualified for the job.
Voters will decide at the polls tomorrow, April 27, which of the three candidates running for the three-year terms will serve as their new Board of Education members.
In the meantime, Patch has the background and comments of each for your review …
Bob Superti, 36 Oakwood Road
Superti has been retired from AT&T, where he worked for 35 years, since 1989, as an auditor and technological consultant. In his line of work, he said, reducing costs for customers, improving productivity and expanding AT&T’s client “enterprise” were his areas of expertise.
Outside of the corporate structure, in the political arena, for approximately three years Superti has been a county Democratic committeeman. He also volunteers his time promoting the Middletown Fire Department and working with the non-profit 180 Turning Lives Around. He is a life member of both the Red Bank Elks and the McKee Technical High School Alumni.
While he has never served on the Middletown Board of Education, Superti is a former board member of the Paramus board. He also served on the ad hoc committee for Middletown’s Building and Maintenance Committee, which was charged with studying the school facilities.
“I would bring expertise in maintenance and deteriorating facilities, and finance,” he said. “I know what needs to operate a school system,” pointing out that in his career he has analyzed insurance policies and understands contracts. With that sort of experience, he feels he can better help clarify and address areas of concern in the school district.
Calling himself a troubleshooter by nature, Superti also said his understanding of how spending works and past experience examining proficiencies in a company would be beneficial contributions to the board.
“I would attack all the negative rhetoric that is hurting our schools, clarify the false statements, such as demonizing our teachers,” he said. “Many things that are said that are inaccurate about our schools, I would be the voice to verify some of those things,” he said….”