|Former candidate for|
|Board Member, Jackson School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Jackson School Board|
|2010 - 2012|
- See also: Jackson School District elections (2013)
Murnane 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|
Murnane reported no contributions or expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
Murnane did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
|Jackson School District, At-large General Election, 3-year term, 2012|
|Nonpartisan||Theresa Schiazza Incumbent||29.7%||13,767|
|Nonpartisan||Adam M. Silvan||26%||12,023|
|Nonpartisan||Marvin H. Krakower Incumbent||24%||11,102|
|Nonpartisan||Tracey Murnane Incumbent||20%||9,280|
|Source: Dan Alexander, 92.7 WOBM, "Election Numbers From Ocean County," November 7, 2012|
In an interview with the Tri-Town News, Murnane argued that the following issues were the largest facing the school district:
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) initiative. This implementation will affect every aspect of the district, with new assessments in the coming years and new curriculum.
While the district is well ahead in terms of PARCC preparation, it brings changes to the classroom, how students’ assessments will measure, how the district will be evaluated and how to drive student achievement higher so our children are prepared for the next steps of college and/or a career.
Administrator and teacher evaluations [are also] a major change and must be managed well with solid oversight to ensure it is accurate and fair. There must be clear accountability from the top down, and it must be transparent so there is no question as to the integrity of the program.
And population growth preparedness — with many new developments a possibility, the district must keep its eye on the future and plan accordingly, which can only be done in partnership with our community.
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 rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Tracey + Murnane + Jackson + School + District"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, "Standard Search," accessed December 27, 2013
- Andrew Martins, Tri-Town News, "5 residents seek two seats on Jackson school board," October 31, 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
- Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.