|Board Member, Jackson School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Master's||New York University|
Keats resides in Jackson Township, New Jersey. Keats earned her M.Ed. degree from New York University. She served as a classroom teacher for 32 years and as a grant writer and coordinator for seven years in the Jackson School District until she retired in 2012.
- See also: Jackson School District elections (2013)
Keats unsuccessfully ran against four other candidates for one of two at-large seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.
|Jackson School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Sharon E. Dey Incumbent||25.6%||4,007|
|Source: Ocean County, New Jersey, "Official results," November 14, 2013|
Keats reported no contributions or expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
Keats did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
In an interview with the Tri-Town News, Keats provided the following campaign themes for 2013:
Enhancing student achievement and teacher performance are top priorities. The rigor of the new Common Core State Standards will make our students more capable of competing in a future workplace.
As we begin the implementation of these standards and their assessments, teachers must be given opportunities for increased professional development and increased knowledge to implement science, technology, engineering and math programming. We must continue upgrading technological capabilities within each classroom.
Full-day kindergarten, an initiative explored by our new superintendent of schools, is a priority the district needs to implement — the sooner the better.
Jackson’s tragic history of student vehicular accidents cries out for driver safety programs in all schools, to be coordinated with the township police department.
These issues must be addressed while ensuring fiscal responsibility so the taxpayer burden is not increased.
What was at stake?
There were two seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent Sharon E. Dey filed for re-election, but fellow incumbent Linda A. Lackay decided not to run for re-election after spending a decade on the board. Dey competed with four challengers in the at-large race.
Religious high school construction debate
During the fall of the 2013-14 school year, local Rabbi Ephraim Birnbaum proposed the construction of a new private high school in Jackson to serve Orthodox Jewish female students. Oros Bais Yaakov High School would span 7.5 acres and accommodate 190 students initially before a planned expansion would increase its capacity to approximately 400 students. Jackson township zoning board officials delayed their ruling on whether or not to grant a variance for the proposed school in order to conduct a traffic-impact study. Hundreds of Jackson School District parents protested the proposed high school at the zoning board's meeting, arguing that it would damage district finances and potentially endanger local water and septic systems due to its planned location.
About the district
- See also: Jackson School District, New Jersey
Ocean County underperformed in comparison to the rest of New Jersey in terms of its average median rates of household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Ocean County was $60,712 compared to $71,180 for the state of New Jersey. The poverty rate in Ocean County was 9.5% compared to 9.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 24.5% of Ocean 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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Andrew Martins, Tri-Town News, "5 residents seek two seats on Jackson school board," October 31, 2013
- New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, "Standard Search," accessed December 27, 2013
- Amanda Oglesby, Asbury Park Press, "Orthodox high school eyed in Jackson," October 2, 2013
- Associated Press, "Rabbi's plan to build Jewish high school in Jackson faces opposition," October 3, 2013
- Asbury Park Press, "Jackson board postpones vote on Orthodox girls' high school," October 4, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Ocean 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