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Yu Taylor Zhong
|Yu Taylor Zhong|
|West Windsor-Plainsboro Board of Education, Plainsboro|
|Years in position||2|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 5, 2013|
Zhong is currently a risk manager with a local financial firm.
Incumbent Alapakkam Manikandan sought re-election for the Plainsboro seat against Zhong. The race for two seats from West Windsor includes incumbent Louisa Ho and challengers Rakesh Kak, Scott Powell and Yingchao Zhang. Incumbent Hemant Marathe ran for Mayor of West Windsor after serving for nine years on the board.
|West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School School Board, Plainsboro District, 3-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Yu Taylor Zhong||52.2%||1,484|
|Nonpartisan||Alapakkam Manikandan Incumbent||47.8%||1,360|
|Source: Middlesex County, "Election Results," November 12, 2013|
Zhong reported no contributions or expenditures to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
In an interview with the League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area, Zhong explained his views on major issues facing the district:
"Growth of the school district means more students will be vying for limited resources. One responsibility for a board member is to review and vote on budget for various programs. If I get elected, I will constantly review the programs. While we should support all the students, I would rank and prioritize the programs by enrollment. I will support programs with large enrollment. I'll also seek help for those with smaller enrollment or find external resources to support them."
"We must seek external resources. There are several ways:
"Since the Sandy Hook incident, the district made school safety a top issue. This year $1 million was budgeted for increased security measures. The district is considering expanding the Eyes on the Door security pilot program. The program will be extended to the middle schools as well as Village and Millstone River, and it will also be implemented for after-school activities. In addition, 42 security cameras have been purchased and will be installed in the schools. I support these measures.
Other districts also take school safety seriously. Some arm their teachers, some place police officers inside school building, others installed camera. Summit schools in New Jersey are stopping unannounced visits.
WW-P is one of the top ranked-school districts in the state, let's make it one of the safest as well."
About the district
Mercer County outperformed state averages for higher education achievement and median income while lagging behind the state poverty rate in 2010. The county had a poverty rate of 10.7% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 9.4%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Mercer County's median income at $73,883 while the state median income was $71,180. The percentage of county residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (38%) is higher than the state average (35%).
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, 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.
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- New Jersey
- West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, New Jersey
- West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District elections (2013)
- League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area, "Plainsboro Candidates for WW-P School Board 2013," accessed October 23, 2013
- NJ.com, "West Windsor-Plainsboro school board president to challenge mayor in November election," June 24, 2013
- New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, "Standard Search," accessed December 27, 2013
- 2010 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Mercer County," accessed October 22, 2013
- Mercer County Clerk, "News," accessed October 22, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014