Alapakkam Manikandan

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Alapakkam Manikandan
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West Windsor-Plainsboro Board of Education, Plainsboro
Former member
Term ends
November 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedApril 20, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBangalore University
ProfessionIT professional
(dead link) Office website
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Alapakkam Manikandan is the former Plainsboro member on the West Windsor-Plainsboro Board of Education in New Jersey. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. Manikandan sought re-election on November 5, 2013 and was defeated by challenger Yu Taylor Zhong.


Manikandan earned a B.E. in Electronics and Communication from Bangalore University in 1991. He has worked in the IT industry since graduation and currently serves as QA Practice Head at Appirio. Manikandan and his wife, Vasudha, have two children.[1]



See also: West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District elections (2013)


Incumbent Manikandan sought re-election for the Plainsboro seat against challenger Yu Taylor Zhong. The race for two seats from West Windsor includes incumbent Louisa Ho and challengers Rakesh Kak, Scott Powell and Yingchao Zhang. Incumbent Hemant Marathe ran for Mayor of West Windsor after serving for nine years on the board.[2]


West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School School Board, Plainsboro District, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngYu Taylor Zhong 52.2% 1,484
     Nonpartisan Alapakkam Manikandan Incumbent 47.8% 1,360
Total Votes 2,844
Source: Middlesex County, "Election Results," November 12, 2013


Manikandan reported $585.91 in contributions and $585.91 in expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, which left his campaign with no cash on hand.[3]

Campaign themes


In an interview with the League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area, Manikandan explained his views on major issues facing the district:[4]

District growth

"We need to continuously review and evaluate the programs being offered, and look for potential consolidation, or elimination, wherever possible. We should plan all expansions, contracts etc., considering future needs of the district. For example: We have proactively accounted for some growth opportunities while planning the current expansion at Village School. We should keep in close contact with the two townships to become familiar with their expansion plans so we can plan better for potential future students.

Proactive planning is the best way to handle any growth in the district."

Financial challenges

"We need to continue our process of careful financial budgeting. We have to continuously review our contracts, processes, operations etc., to find areas for improving efficiency, reducing cost etc.

We also need to work with the state and federal governments to explore any innovative ways of getting addition funding/aid. For example – Installation of solar panels using government rebates, Using special grants for security infrastructure etc. As an incumbent board member I am proud of our achievement in decreasing our per pupil cost to $1000 below state average."

School safety

"We need to ensure that we come-up with a practical, sustainable and balanced plan for improving the safety in our schools. This has to be a continuous process that involves all the stake holders including local police, fire department, administration, parents, township, county, state etc. The plan has to include appropriate technology security, while supporting some of the 21st century needs like social media, own devices etc. I am happy with the success of the pilot program at Village and Millstone which this year was expanded to Grover and Community. Based on the results, I will support expansion of this program to all schools."

About the district

See also: West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, New Jersey
West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District is located in Mercer County, New Jersey
. The West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District serves students in Plainsboro and West Windsor in Mercer County, New Jersey. The population of Mercer County was 366,513 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5]


Mercer County outperformed state averages for higher education achievement and median income while lagging behind the state poverty rate in 2010. The county had a poverty rate of 10.7% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 9.4%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Mercer County's median income at $73,883 while the state median income was $71,180. The percentage of county residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (38%) is higher than the state average (35%).[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
Race Mercer County (%) New Jersey (%)
White 66.5 73.8
Black or African American 21 14.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.6
Asian 9.7 9
Two or More Races 2 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 53.3 58.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 67.2 30.5
2008 67.3 31.3
2004 - -
2000 - -

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[7][8]

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