|Perth Amboy Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
|High school||Perth Amboy High School|
Bermudez graduated from Perth Amboy High School in 1992. He served in the U.S. Army during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Bermudez is currently an officer with the Middlesex County Sheriff's Office.
Bermudez sought election to the board against eight other candidates in the November 5, 2013 general election. He ran as part of the Together for Quality Schools slate with fellow challenger Samuel Lebreault and incumbent Israel Varela.
|Perth Amboy Board of Education, At-large General election, 3-year term, 2013, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Israel Varela Incumbent||17.1%||1,741|
|Nonpartisan||Mark Carvajal Incumbent||11.4%||1,161|
|Nonpartisan||Anton J. Massopust Incumbent||10.7%||1,090|
|Nonpartisan||Benjamin L. Salerno||10.1%||1,026|
|Source: Middlesex County, "Election Results," November 12, 2013</ref>|
Bermudez reported no contributions or expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
Bermudez did not receive any endorsements in this election.
What was at stake?
Changing graduation time
Bermudez opposed Superintendent Janine Caffrey's decision to move high school graduation in June 2013 from 6:00pm to 9:00am and pursued an unsuccessful appeal to the New Jersey Commissioner of Education. Caffrey's suspension in October 2013 was followed by a vote of high school students to hold the June 2014 graduation at 6:00pm.
Tense relationship with superintendent
The Board of Education and Superintendent Janine Caffrey have developed a contentious relationship over the past four years. Caffrey has been removed by board votes in April and October 2012 but remained in office due to the intervention of the New Jersey Education Commissioner. These suspensions occurred because of allegations that Caffrey circumvented the board when implementing counseling programs and manipulated contracts to avoid bidding procedures. The board voted in October 2013 to remove Caffrey and seek an interim superintendent to serve through June 2014. Board member William Ortiz noted after the vote that the district is seeking someone with "emotional IQ with people" to replace Caffrey. Judge Kimberly Moss rejected Caffrey's appeal for reinstatement on November 7.
Caffrey countered that board members Obdulia Gonzalez, Milady Tejada and Israel Varela were deflecting attention from state ethics investigations. The Office of Administrative Law held hearings on October 16 into accusations of ethics violations by the three board members. Gonzalez, Tejada and Varela were accused of colluding with local unions to increase pressure for Caffrey's removal and paying reporters to write inaccurate stories about the superintendent. The second allegation stemmed from local reports that Caffrey spent time in a mental health hospital in 2009.
About the district
- See also: Perth Amboy Public Schools, New Jersey
Perth Amboy lagged behind state rates for poverty, median income and higher education achievement in 2010. The city had a poverty rate of 19.9% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 9.4%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Perth Amboy's median income at $45,369 while the state median income was $71,180. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (15%) was below the state average (35%).
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Facebook, "Together for Quality Schools," accessed October 21, 2013
- New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, "Standard Search," accessed December 27, 2013
- Asbury Park Press, "Perth Amboy superintendent placed on leave for third time," October 3, 2013
- NJ.com, "Perth Amboy school board puts superintendent on paid leave," April 25, 2013
- NJ.com, "Perth Amboy superintendent may be out for good; continues to collect $177,500 salary," October 3, 2013
- MyCentralJersey.com, "Judge rules Perth Amboy schools chief will not be returning to work soon," November 8, 2013
- 2010 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Perth Amboy," accessed October 21, 2013
- City of Perth Amboy, "General Election Results," accessed October 21, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014