|West Windsor-Plainsboro Board of Education, Plainsboro|
|Years in position||5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||April 20, 2010|
|First elected||April 20, 2010|
|Next general||November 5, 2013|
Manikandan earned a B.E. in Electronics and Communication from Bangalore University in 1991. He has worked in the IT industry since graduation and currently serves as QA Practice Head at Appirio. Manikandan and his wife, Vasudha, have two children.
Manikandan is seeking a second term on the board against challenger Yu Taylor Zhong on November 5, 2013.
In an interview with the League of Women Voters of the Princeton Area, Manikandan explained his views on major issues facing the district:
"We need to continuously review and evaluate the programs being offered, and look for potential consolidation, or elimination, wherever possible. We should plan all expansions, contracts etc., considering future needs of the district. For example: We have proactively accounted for some growth opportunities while planning the current expansion at Village School. We should keep in close contact with the two townships to become familiar with their expansion plans so we can plan better for potential future students.
Proactive planning is the best way to handle any growth in the district."
"We need to continue our process of careful financial budgeting. We have to continuously review our contracts, processes, operations etc., to find areas for improving efficiency, reducing cost etc.
We also need to work with the state and federal governments to explore any innovative ways of getting addition funding/aid. For example – Installation of solar panels using government rebates, Using special grants for security infrastructure etc. As an incumbent board member I am proud of our achievement in decreasing our per pupil cost to $1000 below state average."
"We need to ensure that we come-up with a practical, sustainable and balanced plan for improving the safety in our schools. This has to be a continuous process that involves all the stake holders including local police, fire department, administration, parents, township, county, state etc. The plan has to include appropriate technology security, while supporting some of the 21st century needs like social media, own devices etc. I am happy with the success of the pilot program at Village and Millstone which this year was expanded to Grover and Community. Based on the results, I will support expansion of this program to all schools."
What's at stake?
Incumbent Manikandan is seeking re-election for the Plainsboro seat against challenger Yu Taylor 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 is running for Mayor of West Windsor after serving for nine years on the board.
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%).
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- New Jersey
- West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, New Jersey
- West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District elections (2013)
- West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, "Alapakkam Manikandan," Accessed October 23, 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
- 2010 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Mercer County," Accessed October 22, 2013
- Mercer County Clerk, "News," Accessed October 22, 2013