Karyn Cusanelli

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Karyn Cusanelli
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Brick Township Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
November 2016
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sMonmouth University
ProfessionMarketing associate
Campaign website
Karyn Cusanelli is an at-large member of the Brick Township Board of Education in New Jersey. She was first elected to the board in 2012. Cusanelli won re-election against three other candidates on November 5, 2013.


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.[1]



See also: Brick Township Public Schools elections (2013)


Cusanelli ran for re-election against David Fischer, John Barton and John Talty on November 5, 2013.


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


Cusanelli reported no contributions or expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.[2]

Campaign themes


Cusanelli and fellow incumbent John Talty explained their reasons for running in 2013 on their shared campaign website:[3]

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.[4][5]

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.[6]

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.[7]


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%).[7]

Racial Demographics, 2010[7]
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[8]
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.[9]

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