Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The Board of Education will have a new look in 2013.
The Livingston Board of Education held their reorganization meeting on Monday night, swearing in two new members and voting a new President of the board. The newly elected members, Pamela Chirls and Dr. David Jasin, took the oath of office and will be replacing retiring members Bonnie Granatir and Chuck Granata. Jasin and Chirls were elected in November's election. Ronnie Spring, a BOE member since 2010, was named the new President, replacing Leslie Winograd, who will remain as a member of the board. Barry Funt was selected as Vice President, replacing Spring who held the position last year. The BOE's next meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Livingston High School auditorium.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Board of Education members refute Funt's allegations over payments for legal fees.
This story has been updated to include a full statement by Mr. Funt. Board of Education members defended themselves Tuesday against allegations made by school board candidate Barry Funt, who claimed they misused public funds in filing an ethics complaint against a former school board member. Board President Bonnie Granatir and members Antonio Calcado and Charles Granata contested Funt's comments on the divisive ethics issues, releasing a press release refuting his comments "that they have engaged in fiscal impropriety or misappropriated public funds." Funt made the comments in a televised debate last week presented by the League of Women Voters: "That initial case, which was an offensive case brought by the members in a personal capacity, …
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Learn what Barry Funt and Ray Leibman have to say on some key issues.
Next week, Livingston voters will have a choice between two candidates for Livingston Board of Education, Barry Funt and Ray Leibman. Funt is a father of children in the schools running a campaign against ethics charges that have dogged the school board since last spring. Leibman is an educator who put two children through Livingston public schools with strong views on education reform. Patch attended two public forums to learn more about their opinions on school issues, including how local tax dollars are being spent to educate close to 6,000 students. They also discussed how the district is being affected by state cutbacks, the entrance of charter schools, and court decisions on school funding. Barry Funt ran for state Assembly two years…
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Find out when Barry Funt and Ray Leibman present their views at two forums this week in Livingston.
Interested in learning more about what Livingston’s school board candidates have to say about our schools? You’ll have two chances this week when Ray Leibman and Barry Funt, the candidates vying for one seat on the Livingston Board of Education, present their ideas at forums at the Livingston Senior and Community Center. The Livingston Old Guard will host the candidates on Tuesday morning, beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Livingston League of Women Voters will present an evening debate on Thursday, April 14 at 8 p.m. Both events are open to the public. The topics are expected to be wide-ranging, covering how local tax dollars are being spent to educate close to 6,000 students in Livingston schools, to how the district is being affected by state…
Thursday, March 24, 2011
The League is presenting a forum to learn more about the school board candidates.
The League of Women Voters has a question for the candidates for the Livingston Board of Education: Why Are You Running At This Time? It’s nothing personal. The League is interested in learning how the candidates plan to meet head-on the myriad challenges facing public schools. Livingston will elect one of the two candidates, Barry Funt or Ray Leibman, when voters go to the polls on Wednesday, April 27. With just a month to learn about the candidates, this week they answered the first in a series of questions posed by the League and the West Essex Tribune. Their responses provide a preview to the opportunities to hear and meet Funt and Leibman at public forums scheduled in April. Funt ran two years ago for the New Jersey State Assembly. He…
Thursday, March 10, 2011
In April, voters will decide between Ray Leibman and Barry Funt.
It will be a two-man race for the Livingston Board of Education: Ray Leibman vs. Barry Funt. The candidates will compete for one open seat on the school board, according to petitions filed this week. Funt is no stranger to politics. He ran two years ago for the New Jersey State Assembly. Leibman sits on Livingston’s 20/20 Vision committee. The candidates are vying to replace Antonio Calcado, who after 12 years of the board, decided not to seek re-election. This week, school leaders adopted a $100.6 million tentative budget. On election day, voters will be asked to approve the amount to be raised through local taxes. They will also select one of the two candidates to serve as a volunteer decision maker on school issues. While their …