|Board Member, Jersey City School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Appointed||September 11, 2012|
|Appointed by||Jersey City School Board|
|Bachelor's||Thomas Edison State College|
|Associate's||Hudson County Community College|
|Master's||New Jersey City University|
Gerald Lyons resides in Jersey City, New Jersey. Lyons earned his Associate's degree from Hudson County Community College, his B.A. degree from Thomas Edison State College and his Master's degree in Educational Technology from New Jersey City University. He has spent more than 26 years as an educator in New Jersey, and he currently serves as the supervisor of instruction at the Hudson County Schools of Technology.
Lyons was the only incumbent competing for one of three at-large seats with three-year terms in the general election on November 5, 2013. He faced a total of 11 challengers for the seats. Lyons was a member of the "Children First" slate of candidates, which included Lorenzo Richardson and Gina Verdibello for the three-year term seats and Angel Valentin for the one-year term seat. A separate slate of candidates endorsed by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop was campaigning under the name "Candidates for Excellence," which included Micheline Amy, Jessica Daye and Ellen Simon for the three-year term seats and Carol Lester for the one-year term seat.
|Jersey City Public Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Gerald Lyons Incumbent||8.9%||3,950|
|Nonpartisan||Kevaan G. Walton||6.2%||2,770|
|Nonpartisan||Carol L. Gabriel||2.7%||1,214|
|Nonpartisan||Telissa E. Dowling||1.4%||608|
|Source: Hudson County Clerk, "Official Election Results," November 14, 2013|
Lyons reported $16,910.00 in contributions and $16,466 in expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, which left his campaign with $444.00 on hand.
Lyons did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
|Jersey City Public Schools, At-large General Election, 3-year term, 2012|
|Nonpartisan||Gerald M. Lyons||13.5%||2,968|
|Nonpartisan||Jayson H. Burg||1.9%||415|
|Source: Hudson County, New Jersey, "2012 School Board Election," accessed October 28, 2013|
Lyons' campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:
Identify successes and replicate them
Too often, the only news we hear about our schools relates to what is going wrong with them. There are many success stories related to entire schools, individual programs, teachers and students. We need to showcase the positive and get others excited to join in their success.
Embrace and engage the entire community
The problems within the Jersey City school district are multi-faceted and deep-rooted. The best chance that we have at identifying areas of need and developing corrective procedures is to address those problems from all angles. We need to embrace all elements of the community and get everyone to work together with the goal of every student finding success in our schools.
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
What was at stake?
There were four seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbents Carol Lester and Angel Valentin filed to run against one another for the single at-large seat with an unexpired one-year term, while fellow incumbent Gerald Lyons competed against 11 challengers for three at-large seats with three-year terms. Incumbent Sterling Waterman did not file for re-election. Josephine Paige, Peter A. Basso and Jay Cordero initially announced runs for the three-year term seats, but all three withdrew from the race before November.
Alleged board meeting incivility
During a candidate forum held on October 24, Ellen Simon criticized Lorenzo Richardson for comments he made during a school board meeting in July, 2012 shortly after the hiring of district superintendent Marcia V. Lyles. Richardson had denounced the controversial hiring decision and told the board, "My advice to all of you board members: Whoever has a gun to your head, let them pull the trigger. At least you will die with respect. OK? Cause if I was in that position, I’d tell them to pull the trigger." Simon argued that this was symbolic of the degree of incivility common at Jersey City school board meetings and that Richardson had spoken inappropriately. She added that, "This rhetoric has no place in a board of education. [...]And this kind of incivility is what has torn the board apart." Richardson defended his comments, insisting that he meant the board should ignore pressure from the New Jersey state government to hire Lyles, not that he meant they should commit suicide for their decision.
About the district
- See also: Jersey City Public Schools, New Jersey
Hudson County underperformed in comparison to the rest of New Jersey in terms of its median rates of average household income and poverty rate but outperformed the state average in higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Hudson County was $57,660 compared to $71,180 for the state of New Jersey. The poverty rate in Hudson County was 15.1% compared to 9.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 35.3% of Hudson County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 35.0% in New Jersey.
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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Jersey City Independent, "Meet the School Board Candidates: Gerald Lyons and June Mulqueen," April 2, 2010
- Gerald Lyons - Jersey City Board of Education, "Home," accessed October 31, 2013
- Terrence McDonald, The Jersey Journal, "Fans, critics of Jersey City schools chief to face off in school board race," October 30, 2013
- New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, "Standard Search," accessed December 20, 2013
- Gerald Lyons - Jersey City Board of Education, "About Gerald," accessed October 31, 2013
- Terrence McDonald, The Jersey Journal, "Shake-ups in Jersey City school board race; three hopefuls drop out," October 15, 2013
- Terrence McDonald, The Jersey Journal, "Testy exchanges dominate Jersey City school board candidate forum," October 25, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Hudson County, New Jersey," accessed October 28, 2013
- State of New Jersey Department of State, "Statewide Voter Registration Summary," accessed October 27, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
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