|Brick Township Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
Cusanelli earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Monmouth University. She currently works as an associate with Right Coast Marketing. Cusanelli has served as a membership chair for the Brick Township Memorial High School PTSA. She and her husband, Nicholas, have two children who graduated from district schools.
|Brick Township Public Schools, At-large, Three-year term, November 5, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Karyn Cusanelli Incumbent||32%||7,566|
|Nonpartisan||John Talty Incumbent||24.6%||5,813|
|Source: Ocean County Clerk, "Official Results," November 14, 2013|
Cusanelli reported no contributions or expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
John Talty and Karyn Cusanelli believe in providing the students of Brick with high academic standards, exposure to current technology, and every opportunity for a competitive education. Promoting S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in our schools is another way to prepare our students for today's world and future careers.
John Talty and Karyn Cusanelli want continued improvements in our district's school buildings. The recent upgrades to our facilities, including new science labs at Brick Township High School, new gymnasium at Brick Memorial High School, and many other improvements throughout the district, need to continue. The current board, including candidates Talty and Cusanelli, are investigating financing these projects through a public/private partnership with the Office of Innovations. The priority is to find a way to fund needed improvements, particularly at Brick Township High School, in a unique, creative way that does not burden taxpayers. This innovative approach could become a model for school districts throughout the state.
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
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.
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.
About the district
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%).
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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- Right Direction for Brick, "Karyn Cusanelli," accessed November 19, 2013
- New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, "Standard Search," accessed December 27, 2013
- Right Direction for Brick, "Issues," accessed November 19, 2013
- Asbury Park Press, "Brick mulls closing school," October 31, 2013
- Patch, "Brick Spent More Than $500,000 To Correct Schools' Mold Problem," November 15, 2013
- Patch, "Superintendent Responds to Allegations About Assistant Superintendent," October 31, 2013
- 2010 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Ocean County," accessed October 21, 2013
- Ocean County Clerk, "Election Services," accessed October 21, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014