Secaucus keeps Board of Education elections in November for now

The Town Council did not act on a resolution, but may do so in the future

Secaucus has opted to keep holding its Board of Education elections in November.

The Town Council held a special meeting on Jan. 19, to discuss to general personnel matters and organization, and whether to move the Board of Education elections.

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“It was just a work session with the possibility of action being taken if the council wanted to move on that,” Town Administrator Gary Jeffas said. “They actually did not.”

The elections are currently held in November, concurrent with the General Election. The resolution would have changed that to the third Tuesday in April.

“They wanted to begin discussions about whether or not it would be beneficial to move the school board elections back to April,” he said. “It would be for the various reasons, like if they go back to April, they get a chance to see the school budget and vote on it.”

Jeffas said because the school district budget makes up a good chunk of the town budget, the intention was to allow voters a say on it by moving the election prior to the budget’s approval.

“Some of the council members were just thinking would it be a good idea to allow voters the opportunity to vote on the school budgets again,” Jeffas said.

No action taken

After discussion and public comment, Mayor Michael Gonnelli and the Town Council opted not to take action on the resolution, according to Jeffas.

“No action was taken,” he said. “Nothing was moved on that, so there is no resolution or any change that took place. They had just some discussions on it and then the mayor said that after that he was just going to withdraw any actions for this meeting.”

According to Jeffas, the reason for the special meeting was because the deadline to enact the resolution and have it affect the next Board of Education election was Jan. 21. But because the Town Council did not act, the next board elections will remain in November of this year.

The council can still act on this in the future. However, if it did pass the resolution at a future meeting, it would not take effect until the next election cycle.

“It may be something that’s just considered by the council moving forward as the year progresses,” Jeffas said. “They can revisit it later in the year if they really wanted to think about that some more and go ahead with the change in the future.”

For updates on this and other stories, check www.hudsonreporter.com and follow us on Twitter @hudson_reporter. Daniel Israel can be reached at disrael@hudsonreporter.com.

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