BOE Candidates Question 4: The Mental Health Ballot Question

By on October 10, 2018
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The four candidates for Board of Election won’t be the only thing on the ballot this November. There will also be two ballot questions that seek to have voters permanently expand the budget for Verona’s public schools.

As we explain in today’s feature story on the ballot questions, the first question seeks $215,000 to expand the school day for kindergarten students to 2:45 p.m. from 12:30 p.m. The second question seeks $550,000 to add three mental health clinicians to Verona’s child study team through a partnership with a private company. If voters approve the ballot questions, the BOE will include the amounts in every future budget and their budget lines can grow 2% per year, just like the main budget. The ballot questions are MyVeronaNJ.com’s question to the candidates this week:

Question 4: This November’s election will include two questions that seek funding for initiatives that cannot be funded through the existing Board of Education budget. According to the Full Day K parents group, you will be voting in favor of Full Day K. What is your position on the Mental Health ballot question, and why?

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The four candidates running in this November’s election are Timothy AlworthPamela J. Priscoe, the current BOE President John Quattrocchi, and David Rullo. Every Saturday between now and October 20, MyVeronaNJ will send them a new question and they must respond to by noon on Tuesday. Candidates’ responses are published in the order in which they were received, and MyVeronaNJ.com does not edit the answers in any way, including grammar, spelling or length.

In previous weeks, MyVeronaNJ.com has asked the candidates for their views on the value of a public school education, how they would achieve their goals as a BOE member and what they would bring to the Board in the way of innovative governance.

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Click on the arrows to advance to each candidate’s response to this week’s question.

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