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Dr. Gerard Crisonino Files Petition to Run: Write-In Could Fill Remaining Open Board of Education Seat

Bobbie Peer

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 • 12:54pm

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Monday, July 28 was the deadline to file a petition to run for the local Board of Education. According to the Union County Clerk’s office, one candidate has filed to run for the two available seats in Berkeley Heights. 

Dr. Gerard Crisonino, the Board's current vice-president, will be running for re-election in November.

With Paul Beisser not seeking re-election, the remaining seat could be filled by write-in candidates. This write-in would need to receive a minimum of 10 votes to be elected into office. The write-in candidate would then need to accept the board position. 

"This has not happened going back to at least 2001, almost certainly before then as well," said resident Stephen Yellin, who is a community activist. 

"Serving on a Board of Education gives one the opportunity to play a vital role in ensuring the provision of a first-rate education to all students in a cost effective manner," said Board President Helen Kirsch. "The demands put on districts today are greater than ever. In Berkeley Heights we have a talented administration, a dedicated teaching staff and a sitting board of education all committed to providing our community with a school system that encompasses the skills needed for our students to succeed beyond graduation."

"I would encourage anyone who is considering becoming a board member by initiating a write-in campaign to go onto the New Jersey School Boards web site to get more details about the responsibilities of serving on a local board of education," said Kirsch.

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