Senior Activist Bill Hobday Endorses Mund, Schwartz & Silver

The lack of information regarding the Lakewood School District Budget is shocking. However, having attended the Lakewood School District BOE Meetings, I can tell you that the budget will be equivalent to last year’s budget. Minimal/No increase, no decrease. In a last ditch effort, the BOE removed anticipated raises for teachers for the past 2 years that they have been working without a contract. Raises are budgeted for the current year only. Teachers dislike the BOE, but taxpayers appear to be satisfied that there will be stable and no new taxes will be included in the budget.

The Public Question deals with a YES or NO vote on the Lakewood School District Budget. Because there is no increase in the amount of the budget from local taxes, I will vote YES (to approve the budget) as proposed. This being said, I also know that all School District Budgets have been defeated by members of the public, over the last 10 years. If the budget is defeated by members of the public, then it will go to the Township Committee for their review and action. The Township Committee then generally arrives at an amount of dollars that they believe can be safely cut from the budget, without damaging the need to provide a thorough and efficient education for the students of Lakewood Township.

Having participated in multiple screenings of candidates for the Board of Education, I endorse Jonathan Silver, Joel Schwartz, and Lee Mund. We need to get behind these candidates and support their efforts to win the open three seats on the Board of Education. These candidates are ready willing, and able to stand on their own, without any outside influence. They will direct their attention to improving the Lakewood School District for all of the students of the District. Every registered voter is encouraged to vote, because your vote counts; and it is important to the candidates that wish to help with this critical election. They are running to help us, now we need to help them to prevail in this election. Elections have consequences; and you need to vote. There will be major opposition from powerful interests that support other candidates, but if we all get out to vote, and support this slate of candidates, the Lakewood School District can be saved from utter disaster.

Bill Hobday

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  1. “thorough and efficient education for the students of Lakewood Township”. Are you kidding? This hasn’t happened for more years than is comfortable remembering. I have lived in Lakewood for 40 years and its just gets worse every day. Don’t worry I know what some of you one sided readers are thinking. I am leaving real soon.

  2. Bill for the most part your analagy of of the cicumstance that prevail here are accurate , however and I quote you “the Lakewood School District can be saved from utter disaster.” I have to say at a 37% graduation rate it is already a disastser. I cannot fathom why there has not been State intervention when there is no other district in the state of NJ that even comes close to such an appalling low graduation rate .

  3. How can a person be so heartless as to say teachers don’t deserve a raise. Give them their retroactive raises and maybe a small raise this year. Do something right for a change. There are a lot of teachers from the community working in public schools, don’t you think they should get a raise. You are hurting everyone by being so stubborn.

  4. it is very difficult to interest new teachers to come to Lakewood, tell them they should not anticipate any raise in the future. 2 years without a contract and our teachers are still working! You can’t run a school system on the backs of the teachers! They aren’t asking for a big raise but to have BOE members arbitrarily dismiss their requests is demoralizing.”let’s ignore these past 2 years and move on” is not acceptable. We are losing good teachers.

  5. With the pathetic condition of our schools and the pathetic results for our children, I think the entire BOE should resign. They have failed miserably. Let new blood take a shot at stopping the embarrassing image of Lakewood education.

  6. Why don’t you go vote for mund schwarts and silverand give them a shot at correcting the education of our children in public school?

  7. Bill is correct, we need to help all schools once n fore-all. The majority of the non pubs are not getting what they deserve. Only a few are because of favors

  8. I firmly believe that if “We the People” elect candidates Silver, Schwartz, and Mund, it will signal a positive turnaround for the Lakewood School District. Mutual respect and understanding is the key to success.

    During this time of recession, where every taxpayer in Lakewood Township is stressed to the limit, I believe that all the taxpayers need a stable tax base. In fact they are demanding a stable tax base.

    I believe that Chesky Seitler did a magnificent job of analyzing the proposed budget, and making his recommendations to the BOE and the Administration to reduce the budget to the current amount. He had little time to examine all of the issues, but his very hard and smart work paid off for the taxpayer. I know of no other person that could have achieved this success is such a short period of time. This is dedication at it’s best.

    My heart goes out to the teachers, in that there will be no retroactive pay for the last two years, but that is happening all over the nation. The will be awarded a raise in the upcoming school year.

    With the help of misters Silver, Schwartz, and Mund, we can have a new beginning. Let us work together for all of the students within the Lakewood School District. Let s demand excellence from all and challenge all to do a better job. Let us be proud of the accomplishments that we can achieve by working together for the common good of the next generation. May God bless them.

  9. Bill Hobday’s endorsements are thoughtful and well researched. He cares deeply about the children and about the town. He is not on anyone’s payroll and has no ax to grind. Only wish we had more independent thinkers like him and less of the ignorant shreiers. Keep your voice free and strong, Bill, and a full and speedy recovery to your wife. G-d Bless You!

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