I would like to sincerely thank Hoboken residents for coming out to vote for the Hoboken United school board team on Tuesday and for providing me the opportunity to fulfill a pledge I and my Hoboken United members made to offer a first-class public education to our City's children.
We have already made strides to reaching this goal by obtaining a commitment for $100 million in crucial Abbott funding to drastically improve facilities, linking with Stevens Institute to develop a first class science and technology curriculum and expanding our International Baccalaureate program. The Hoboken school district is becoming an urban model to be emulated by other communities.
So, I thank those who voted and participated in last Tuesday's Board of Education election. I thank not only the Hoboken United supporters, but all the citizens and other candidates who participated in this democratic process. As Mayor I was pleased by the voter turnout; even by the number of candidates who chose to run.
Only a few years ago, there seemed to be very little interest in our Board of Education. Voter turnout was stubbornly low and it seemed the only candidates were those who were hand-chosen by the previous administration. I was personally told that those considering an opposition bid were subject to fear and intimidation. Instead of focusing attention on our children, the board put politics first.
That tradition happily has changed. When I ran for Mayor two years ago, I made education a top priority. Hoboken needed diversity and new ideas about how it taught its children. Today, we have a new spirit and I fully support this open dialogue, vast participation in this democratic process and renewed interest in the well-being of our children. This is all possible with parents, teachers and school administrators working together.
Now is the time to roll up our sleeves again. I want to thank all of those who share my educational vision to put kids first, not politics. I assure you that Frank Raia, Wanda Santana-Alicea and David Anthony will work hard to fulfill this mission. I encourage everyone to keep this dialogue alive and participate in this process.
Mayor David Roberts