Six candidates are running for three open slots on Egg Harbor Township Board of Education.?? Five came to our Saturday breakfasts. ?We?evaluated the candidates and are?posting our unanimous findings.?? We believe these?three candidates have the knowledge and commitment to advance Point #7 of our Nine Point Program for Liberty and Prosperity in NJ for 2015.
They are (in order of ballot position) #1 Amber Umphlett, #3 Pete Castellano, and #5 John ?Jack? Haines.?? They presented themselves as?smart, articulate, effective, and supporters of?our principles.???They have a strategy to limit spending and taxes. They effectively oppose administrators who want to waste money on their pet projects. They support proven, effective education methods?not expensive fads. They oppose Common Core curriculum and unnecessary standardized tests. They respect home schoolers who take an enormous burden off the taxpayers.
Incumbent candidate Lisa Dagit was also very knowledgeable and prepared.???But our education committee reported that she?has not pushed back against unnecessary spending.?? At our breakfast, she spoke in support of the?Common Core curriculum and more standardized tests.?? Also, Dagit is?an administrator in Hamilton Township Public Schools, which we believe puts her in a conflict of interest with EHT taxpayers.???Candidate Mike Price seemed unprepared and?unfamiliar with the main issues. Gary Battisti did not attend any of our breakfasts. School Board candidates will appear in a special section of the Tuesday, November 3 ballot.
This is a preliminary report.??Before publicizing it,?we invite you to discuss them with us at our breakfast this Saturday, 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM at the Shore Diner, Tilton and Fire Roads by Parkway Exit 36 in Egg Harbor Township.