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Elections: BOE Candidates Talk Negotiations

The candidates for board of education answer questions about issues facing the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District.

With the board of education elections coming on Nov. 6, we thought it would be a good time to hear directly from the candidates themselves about the issues that matter to residents.

On six different days this week, we will feature video responses from seven candidates on questions concerning the budget, curriculum and communication.

The candidates are incumbents Patrick Breslin, Cindy Cullen and Daniel Petrozelli, and Jacqueline Barlow, Aaron Kurdyla, Taha Marhaba and Hany Mostafa.

For this fourth question, we asked the candidates to talk about how morale can be improved and their thoughts on the recent negotiations.

Click here to hear what the candidates had to say about district communication.

Robin B October 18, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Concerned taxpayer: Well qualified teacher candidates are lined up at the door. There are no teacher vacancies. Teachers received pay raises during the past several years during massive layoffs in the private sector. How many teachers have left for better paying jobs elsewhere. Middle income pay has declined by about $4,300 since Obama rescued us. Education costs constitute over 60% of my tax bill and I have no children in school. We need to find ways to reduce costs just like the private sector.
Toni October 18, 2012 at 12:35 PM
The vote is easy for me. All incumbents are getting a big fat NO.
BwaterDad October 19, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Concerned teacher, Then I guess you disagree with the association that represents you, which says on its web site: "This deal represents a win for the members, students, and community of Bridgewater and Raritan and allows all parties to move forward in providing the excellent education that the faculty and staff have always delivered without distraction." The reason teachers' take-home pay is shrinking is that the state Legislature decided that EVERY public employee in the state, including teachers, police officers, state employees and everybody else, should pay a percentage of the costs of their health benefits, to be phased in over several years. (The judges made an exception for themselves, but the voters can change that on Nov. 6.) I understand that you're not happy paying more for health care, but that's the way it is.
Brian P. Warnock October 20, 2012 at 03:38 PM
I would make an exception for Dan Petrozelli. He is newly appointed to the Board, and deserves a full term to put his stamp on things. His common sense approach to problems is a great asset to the Board and to Bridgewater.
Barry October 24, 2012 at 03:16 AM
I've seen enough of Dan that he's a big fat NO in my book.

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