Jackson School District elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Jackson School District
Ocean County, New Jersey ballot measures
Local ballot measures, New Jersey
Two seats on the Jackson School District school board were up for general election on November 5, 2013. Sharon E. Dey and Thomas Colucci defeated Laurie Keats, Tina Pohlemus and Tracey Murnane to win two at-large seats.
About the district
- See also: Jackson School District, New Jersey
Ocean County underperformed in comparison to the rest of New Jersey in median household income according to the 2010 U.S. Census. 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 U.S. 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, 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 Jackson school board consists of seven members elected to three-year terms at-large by the district as a whole. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Two seats were on the ballot in 2013.
The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the 2013 general election was June 4.
|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|
No endorsements were made in this election.
No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
Information about earlier elections can be found by clicking [show] at the right.
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.
The following dates were key deadlines for the Jackson School District 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 the 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
This election shared the ballot with local and state elections, including the race 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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- Jackson School District, New Jersey
- List of school board elections in 2013
- Ocean County, New Jersey ballot measures
- Local ballot measures, New Jersey
- Financial policies, education standards at stake in November school board elections
- School board election wrap-up: Incumbents re-elected overwhelmingly in November 5 elections
- School board elections review: Voters opt for experience over new blood in nation's largest school districts
- 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
- Jackson School District, "Board of Education Member Biographies and Contact Information," accessed October 28, 2013
- State of New Jersey Department of State, "2013 General Election Timeline," accessed October 28, 2013
- New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission, "Standard Search," accessed December 27, 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
- New Jersey Department of State, "2013 Election Information," accessed October 21, 2013