Brick Township Public Schools elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Brick Township Public Schools
About the district
Ocean County lagged behind state rates for poverty, median income and higher education achievement in 2010. The county had a poverty rate of 9.5% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 9.4%. The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Ocean County's median income at $60,712 while the state median income was $71,180. The percentage of county residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (24.5%) is below 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.
Method of board member selection
The Brick Township Board of Education consists of seven members who are elected at-large to three-year terms. On November 5, 2013, voters cast ballots for two seats on the board. Two seats will be up for election on November 4, 2014 and three seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.
Candidates for the Board of Education must be 18 years old, reside within the district and submit nominating petitions to the county clerk by the filing deadline. The district moved board elections from the third Tuesday of April to the first Tuesday of November after a 2012 state law provided greater flexibility for local election officials.
- John Barton
- Graduate, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
- Teacher, Jackson Township School District
- Karyn Cusanelli
- Graduate, Monmouth University
- Associate, Right Coast Marketing
- David Fischer
- Graduate, Montclair State University
- Substitute teacher, Freehold Regional High School District
- John Talty
- Retired lab technician
|Brick Township Public Schools, At-large, Three-year term, November 5, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Karyn Cusanelli Incumbent||32%||7,566|
|Nonpartisan||John Talty Incumbent||24.6%||5,813|
|Source: Ocean County Clerk, "Official Results," November 14, 2013|
No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
|Brick Township Public Schools, Full terms, April 27, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Lawrence K. Reid||18.1%||5,177|
|Source: Ocean County Clerk|
|Brick Township Public Schools, One-year term, April 27, 2011|
|Source: Ocean County Clerk|
What was at stake?
Mold outbreak at Drum Point
The district has been dealing with significant mold problems at Drum Point Elementary School since an August 2013 inspection. Superintendent Walter Uszenski noted that the district has spent $200,000 on clean-up services since the inspection with district insurance covering $25,000. The mold outbreak occurred due to the school's lack of central cooling and high humidity throughout the building during the summer break.
Assistant superintendent controversy
David Fischer accused Superintendent Uszenski of negligence after two candidates were hired to replace an outgoing assistant superintendent. In a discussion on the local Patch website, Fischer also argued that the assistant superintendent was merely transferred to another position. The former candidate noted that these personnel moves cost the district $220,000 in salaries and benefits. Uszenski responded to these claims by suggesting that the district needed an additional academic officer for special services as well as an interim assistant superintendent.
The following dates were key deadlines for the Bricks Township Board of Education election in 2013:
|June 4, 2013||Last day for filing nominating petitions in school board elections|
|June 10, 2013||Last day to challenge nominating petitions in school board elections|
|August 12, 2013||County clerk draws ballot positions for candidates|
|September 6, 2013||Last day for candidates to withdraw from general election ballot|
|November 5, 2013||General election|
|December 3, 2013||Certification of election results by Board of State Canvassers|
Additional elections on the ballot
The Brick Township Board of Education elections shared the ballot with local, county and state elections. The Brick Township ballot includes races for Mayor and seats on the Town Council. There were elections for Ocean County Clerk, Sheriff, Surrogate and Freeholder. Residents of Brick Township also submitted ballots for Governor along with seats in the New Jersey State Assembly and New Jersey State Senate. The November 5 ballot included proposed constitutional amendments that would establish cost of living adjustments for the state minimum wage and use gaming profits for veterans' organizations.
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- 2010 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Ocean County," accessed October 21, 2013
- Ocean County Clerk, "Election Services," accessed October 21, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- NJ.com, "Scores of N.J. school districts moving elections from April to November," February 26, 2012
- New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, "Standard Search," accessed December 27, 2013
- Asbury Park Press, "Brick mulls closing school," October 31, 2013
- Patch, "Brick Spent More Than $500,000 To Correct Schools' Mold Problem," November 15, 2013
- Patch, "Superintendent Responds to Allegations About Assistant Superintendent," October 31, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State, "2013 General Election Timeline," accessed October 21, 2013
- Ocean County Clerk, "Archived Information," accessed October 22, 2013
- New Jersey Department of State, "2013 Election Information," accessed October 21, 2013