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Brick Township Public Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Brick Township Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
New Jersey
Brick Township Public Schools
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Two seats were up for election on the Brick Township Board of Education. Incumbents Karyn Cusanelli and John Talty defeated challengers John Barton and David Fischer on November 5, 2013.

About the district

See also: Brick Township Public Schools, New Jersey
Brick Township Public Schools is located in Ocean County, New Jersey
Brick Township Public Schools serves K-12 students in the Township of Brick in Ocean County, New Jersey. The population of Ocean County was 576,565 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[1]


Ocean County lagged behind state rates for poverty, median income and higher education achievement in 2010. The county had a poverty rate of 9.5% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 9.4%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Ocean County's median income at $60,712 while the state median income was $71,180. The percentage of county residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (24.5%) is below the state average (35%).[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Ocean County (%) New Jersey (%)
White 93.1 73.8
Black or African American 3.4 14.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.6
Asian 1.9 9
Two or More Races 1.2 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 8.7 18.5

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 - -
2008 40.1 58.4
2004 38.9 60.1
2000 47.1 48.8

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Brick Township Board of Education consists of seven members who are elected at-large to three-year terms. On November 5, 2013, voters cast ballots for two seats on the board. Two seats will be up for election on November 4, 2014 and three seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.

Candidates for the Board of Education must be 18 years old, reside within the district and submit nominating petitions to the county clerk by the filing deadline. The district moved board elections from the third Tuesday of April to the first Tuesday of November after a 2012 state law provided greater flexibility for local election officials.[4]





Brick Township Public Schools, At-large, Three-year term, November 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKaryn Cusanelli Incumbent 32% 7,566
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Talty Incumbent 24.6% 5,813
     Nonpartisan David Fischer 21.5% 5,078
     Nonpartisan John Barton 21.5% 5,076
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 76
Total Votes 23,609
Source: Ocean County Clerk, "Official Results," November 14, 2013

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.[5]

Past elections


Brick Township Public Schools, Full terms, April 27, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSharon Kight 22.4% 6,410
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLawrence K. Reid 18.1% 5,177
     Nonpartisan Vicky Leone 15.5% 4,434
     Nonpartisan Konstantine Goulas 13.1% 3,752
     Nonpartisan Robert Merola 13.1% 3,750
     Nonpartisan John Barton 8.9% 2,540
     Nonpartisan David Fischer 8.5% 2,430
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.5% 149
Total Votes 28,642
Source: Ocean County Clerk

Brick Township Public Schools, One-year term, April 27, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Suter 65.4% 8,708
     Nonpartisan Jack Zawacki 34% 4,528
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.6% 79
Total Votes 13,315
Source: Ocean County Clerk

What was at stake?

Mold outbreak at Drum Point

The district has been dealing with significant mold problems at Drum Point Elementary School since an August 2013 inspection. Superintendent Walter Uszenski noted that the district has spent $200,000 on clean-up services since the inspection with district insurance covering $25,000. The mold outbreak occurred due to the school's lack of central cooling and high humidity throughout the building during the summer break.[6][7]

Assistant superintendent controversy

David Fischer accused Superintendent Uszenski of negligence after two candidates were hired to replace an outgoing assistant superintendent. In a discussion on the local Patch website, Fischer also argued that the assistant superintendent was merely transferred to another position. The former candidate noted that these personnel moves cost the district $220,000 in salaries and benefits. Uszenski responded to these claims by suggesting that the district needed an additional academic officer for special services as well as an interim assistant superintendent.[8]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Bricks Township Board of Education election in 2013:[9]

Deadline Event
June 4, 2013 Last day for filing nominating petitions in school board elections
June 10, 2013 Last day to challenge nominating petitions in school board elections
August 12, 2013 County clerk draws ballot positions for candidates
September 6, 2013 Last day for candidates to withdraw from general election ballot
November 5, 2013 General election
December 3, 2013 Certification of election results by Board of State Canvassers

Additional elections on the ballot

The Brick Township Board of Education elections shared the ballot with local, county and state elections. The Brick Township ballot includes races for Mayor and seats on the Town Council. There were elections for Ocean County Clerk, Sheriff, Surrogate and Freeholder. Residents of Brick Township also submitted ballots for Governor along with seats in the New Jersey State Assembly and New Jersey State Senate.[10] The November 5 ballot included proposed constitutional amendments that would establish cost of living adjustments for the state minimum wage and use gaming profits for veterans' organizations.[11]

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