Colucci resides in Jackson Township, New Jersey. Colucci received his B.S. degree in Air Commerce and Transportation Technology from the Florida Institute of Technology and later earned his Master's degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. While studying for the latter degree, he taught aviation courses as an adjunct instructor at Broward Community College. Since 1995, Colucci has served as a commercial airline pilot for United Airlines. He is also employed as a realtor associate with Century 21 Action Plus Realty.
- See also: Jackson School District elections (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|
Colucci reported no contributions or expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
Colucci did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
In an interview with the Tri-Town News, Colucci provided the following campaign themes for 2013:
[...]some of the key issues I anticipate are maintaining the quality of the teaching staff.
Obtaining adequate school funding and developing projects that in the long term would benefit the Jackson school community, such as the installation of solar energy panels at Jackson Memorial High School and a swimming pool at Jackson Liberty High School, which could serve students in the district and become a source of income from groups renting the facility.
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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% 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