Micheline Amy

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Micheline Amy
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Board Member, Jersey City School Board, At-large
Term ends
November 2016
Years in position 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSalisbury University
ProfessionHuman resources manager
Campaign website
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Micheline Amy is an at-large member of the Jersey City School Board in New Jersey. She was first elected to the board on November 5, 2013.


Micheline Amy resides in Jersey City, New Jersey. Amy earned her Bachelor's degree from Salisbury University and began her career in television broadcasting. Since then, she has worked in human resources for the past fifteen years, and she is currently employed as a senior human resources manager at a data services firm.[1]



See also: Jersey City Public Schools elections (2013)


Amy and ten other candidates challenged incumbent Gerald Lyons for one of three at-large seats with three-year terms in the general election on November 5, 2013. Amy was a member of the "Candidates for Excellence" slate of candidates endorsed by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, which included Jessica Daye and Ellen Simon for the three-year term seats and Carol Lester for the one-year term seat. A separate slate of candidates campaigned under the name "Children First," which included Lyons, Gina Verdibello and Lorenzo Richardson for the three-year term seats and Angel Valentin for the one-year term seat.[2]


Jersey City Public Schools, At-large General Election, 3-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJessica Daye 21.1% 9,351
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMicheline Amy 17.7% 7,879
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEllen Simon 10.6% 4,702
     Nonpartisan Lorenzo Richardson 10.2% 4,511
     Nonpartisan Gerald Lyons Incumbent 8.9% 3,950
     Nonpartisan Gina Verdibello 7.6% 3,383
     Nonpartisan Kevaan G. Walton 6.2% 2,770
     Nonpartisan Denise Davis 4.8% 2,137
     Nonpartisan DeJon Morris 4.3% 1,914
     Nonpartisan Carol L. Gabriel 2.7% 1,214
     Nonpartisan Josephine Paige 2.2% 982
     Nonpartisan Susan Harbace 2.2% 961
     Nonpartisan Telissa E. Dowling 1.4% 608
     Nonpartisan Personal choice 0.1% 44
Total Votes 44,406
Source: Hudson County Clerk, "Official Election Results," November 14, 2013


Amy ran as part of the Friends of Amy, Daye, Simon and Lester, which reported $35,360.49 in contributions and $11,505.03 in expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.[3]


Amy received an endorsement for her 2013 campaign from Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop.[4] She also received endorsements from board members Vidya Gangadin, Sangeeta Ranade and Carol Harrison-Arnold along with Jersey City Council President Rolando Lavarro and Councilwomen Diane Coleman and Candice Osborne.[5]

Campaign themes

As part of the "Candidates for Excellence," Amy shared the following campaign themes with Jessica Daye, Ellen Simon and Carol Lester:[6]

  • We believe the best way to improve public schools is by focusing community-wide efforts on public schools, by better engaging public school parents and attracting new families to public schools.
  • We believe every child can learn and every child deserves access to a quality education.
  • We support the administration’s efforts to increase the number of African-American and Latino students doing advanced work in elementary school and college-prep work in middle school and high school.
  • We support the administration’s efforts to lower the drop-out numbers, which resulted last year in the lowest number of drop-outs in a decade. We support the district’s plan to follow up with children who do drop out to find a way for them to earn a high-school degree or GED.
  • We support more alternative paths for children returning to school from the criminal justice system.
  • We support a longer school day, with time for children to have recess.
  • We support the goal, laid out in the mayor’s transition report, to build a playground at every elementary and grade school, so every child has a safe place to play.
  • We believe a one-size-fits all curriculum doesn’t work. We believe in giving teachers flexibility. We believe in differentiated instruction.
  • We want translation services, both at schools and at Board meetings, for families.
  • We want clean schools. Our schools suffer from chronic absenteeism on the part of many janitors. We support the district’s efforts to solve this problem.
  • We support the district’s initiatives to ensure every classroom always has certified teachers and substitutes.
  • We support the district’s efforts to clean our children’s drinking water after a long history of lead contamination.
  • We support the district’s efforts to ensure that all children start the day with a federally funded school breakfast. Last year, half the children in our district were in danger of starting the school day hungry. We were glad to see expanded breakfast programs last year and we expect to see more this year.
  • We would like to see the district’s central office reorganized, with additional hires shifted to schools.
  • We want Board meetings to start later, to accommodate working parents. We want them to be shorter and more efficient.
  • We support collective bargaining.

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.[7]

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.[8]

About the district

See also: Jersey City Public Schools, New Jersey
Jersey City Public Schools is located in Hudson County, New Jersey
Jersey City Public Schools is located in Hudson County, New Jersey. The county seat of Hudson County is Jersey City. According to the 2010 US Census, Hudson County is home to 652,302 residents.[9]


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.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2012[9]
Race Hudson County (%) New Jersey (%)
White 66.4 73.8
Black or African American 15.0 14.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 0.6
Asian 14.8 9.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.4 1.9
Hispanic or Latino 42.6 18.5

Party Affiliation, 2013[10]
Party Hudson County Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 176,138 50.34
Republican 27,539 7.87
Libertarian 188 0.01
Green 96 0.01
Other 54 0.01
Unaffiliated 145,878 41.76

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[11]

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