Kids First Kickoff introduces its BoE candidate slate

Sunday the Kids First launched their bid for the November Boe election at the Turtle Club.


As excerpted from Hoboken Now story:

Three candidates running on the Kids First 2012 slate launched their campaign yesterday afternoon for the Hoboken school board elections in November.

The lineup of three candidates, Ruth McAllister (incumbent), Jean Marie Mitchell (a board member in 2010-11) and Tom Kluepfel attended the crowded fundraiser at the Turtle Club on Park Avenue yesterday.

“This election is about maintaining and improving on the gains that the Kids First campaign achieved in 2009 and supporting the amazing work of Superintendent. Dr. Mark Toback,” Kids First campaign manager Deidre Wall said yesterday.

Talking Ed Note: This is the first Hoboken Board of Education election in November since the elections were moved from April to November as in the vast majority of New Jersey BoEs when legislation allowed communities to consider the move.

The Kids First coalition has held the line on spending routing money to school programs and the classroom while holding the line on the tax levy for three consecutive years.  It’s been benchmarked at the mandated state minimum for most of that time.

Ruth McAllister says, “The money is going where it belongs… to help our kids learn.”

When Kids First took over the BoE majority there were dozens of audit violations.  A tape for local broadcast detailing those violations disappeared from the recording.  The technician shooting the video will be familiar to the public.  It was Patrick Ricciardi, the former City IT Manager who was arrested last November by the FBI for the massive looting of communications in the mayor’s office.

He denied any knowledge how the select portion of the violations went missing.

After the video disappeared, the superintendent promptly fired him.

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