Beverly Borrego recall, Montague School, New Jersey (2013)

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An effort to recall Beverly Borrego from her position as President of the Montague School Board of Education in New Jersey was launched in July 2013. The effort failed to go to a vote, however, when recall supporters did not turn enough signatures by the petition submission deadline.[1][2][3]

Background

On July 24, 2013 the Board of Education voted 4 to 2 in favor of a send-receive agreement that would result in the township's middle and high school students moving from Port Jervis High School to High Point Regional High School. The agreement was accompanied by a separate $7.7 million school expansion plan to allow the town's elementary school to also take middle school children. The overall plan upset some local residents, who proceeded to initiate a recall effort. The recall effort was led by Paul Brislin, John Mannion, and Betsy Reinhardt. After the notice of intent to recall was submitted, Borrego complained that it did not specify the exact grievances against her, so she could not specifically address them; she did defend the send-receive agreement as being in the best interest of district.[1][2]

Path to the ballot

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Recall supporters needed to gather signatures from 25 percent of registered voters as of the last election (more than 600 names). State law provides up to 160 days for the effort, but supporters specified intent to be on the November ballot; this meant they had only until August 14. On the deadline, recall supporters submitted 512 signatures, and then attempted to submit 100 more the following week. However, New Jersey law requires all signatures to be submitted at the same time, and the second batch was rejected. Recall supporters opted for the shorter timeline to avoid a special election, which was said to likely cost around $15,000.[1][2][3]

On July 31, recall supporters submitted a notice of intent to recall at the school board office. School Business Administrator John Waycie was charged with reviewing the notice. If the signatures had been submitted properly, officials would have had 10 business days to review them. 10 more business days would have been allowed for challenges. If enough signatures had been validated, Borrego would have had 5 days to resign before a recall election would have been triggered.[1][2]

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