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Pavlak, Stinziano, Kingston Win; Budget Rejected

Results do not include provisional and absentee ballots.

The Wayne School District’s 2011 tax levy has been voted down by less than 70 votes, 2,997 to 2,928.

Donald Pavlak, Laura Stinziano, and Robin Kingston have been elected in a close race to the Wayne Board of Education. Incumbent Pavlak won 3,001 votes, followed by challenger Stinziano (2,687 votes), challenger Kingston (2,548), incumbent Darren Del Sardo (2,448), incumbent Joan Walsh (2,371 and challenger Greg Janz (1,495). 

The top three vote-getters won election.

Stinziano and Kingston said that they are "excited, grateful, and honored for the chance to serve on the board."

"I will do my best to make the right decisions for our children and our taxpayers," Stinziano said. 

Kingston said that the election was a confirmation that residents wanted change.

"I'm excited to work with my fellow board members. Now we have our work cut out for us and we will work very hard to prove ourselves," Kingston said. "I really believe the composition of the board is conducive to a strong, team-oriented group of individuals. It is indicative of being able to get some new ideas and positive results implemented in the district."

It will be Pavlak's third term on the board.

"Right now, with the economic situation in the state and the reduction of aid by the state, it is difficult. It's one of the challenges now," Pavlak said. "The biggest challenge is we need to find an educational leader for this district. Enough is enough. It's going to be priority number one for me, and it should be for the board, we need to, at the reorganization meeting, find a permanent superintendent." 

The town council will examine the budget and recommend the district cut a specific amount and specific programs from the budget. The cuts cannot undermine the district’s ability to provide basic education or take away the district’s financial stability.

The board does not have to adhere to the specific cuts, but must adhere to the proposed dollar amount.

The board can appeal the cuts to the state board of education.

While the absentee ballots have yet to be counted, school officials said they doubted if they would significantly narrow the 69-vote margin by which the budget was defeated.

Gregory Janz April 28, 2011 at 02:12 AM
Congratulations to the winners and I know they will do their best to address the issues facing the school district and the residents of Wayne.
john colligan April 28, 2011 at 02:40 AM
people of wayne are tired of paying ridiculous amounts of taxes . so lets cut the fat at the top not the teachers. do we really need to pay a school superintendent eight hundred dollars a day on top of his six figure pension ?
Bobtwo April 28, 2011 at 12:51 PM
They all came out, the teachers, the BOE administrators, etc, and still they lost. What does that tell you? I don't think that we will see a significant reduction in the budget but at least it sends a message. On the other hand let’s congratulate the winners and hope that they view the results as a vote for change. Just a thought, 800 dollars a day is a lot cheaper than 175 thousand a year plus benefits. I am assuming that he is not paid for the summer and holidays when the schools are closed and does not receive benefits.
Mike April 28, 2011 at 04:37 PM
Instead of cutting programs, lets look at the teachers benefits, raises and other compensation first to cut or have them pay more in to before we take away from the kids. It always seems the kids get the short end of the stick and the Teachers Unions never pony up adequately enough. There are people in Wayne who work and received no raise as well as many who lost their jobs and are worrying about paying bills. Yet the union wants those folks to pay for their benefits, raises. Sorry.. the people of Wayne care more about their neighbors and kids than the Union so they rejected the budget and dumped incumbents. Now it is up to BOD to do the right thing and start focusing on the Teachers benefits and raises rather than the programs for the kids.
raised in wayne April 28, 2011 at 10:31 PM
I agree with Mike! Part of the budget was for an increase in health care costs. Anyone who thinks 1.5% of a salary is a "fair" amount to contribute is living in a fantasy world! I hope, when it comes to contract negotiations, that our "representatives" will remember the taxpayers. Not only do many of us pay much more for health care benefits, but we are paying, also, for benefits of public workers who are NOT contributing to MY costs! Thank you, Wayne voters, for making a statement!
Bobtwo April 28, 2011 at 10:45 PM
Of course Mike is reight and so are all those that voted against the budget. Let's hopethat they make some significant cuts and not play politics. Can anyone tell me why they allow the teachers get away with blocking all of the parking spots at Fallon School when there is a school board election, could it be to discourage seniors?
Sarah April 28, 2011 at 11:05 PM
Significant cuts will most definitely hurt the children. How is a town like Wayne going to be competitive with Bergen County towns when special programs are cut? Education is the reason people move to Wayne. Why do you think people choose to live in a flood zone in Wayne? Good Schools! P.S. - Bob - Where would you like the teachers to park?
Pad April 29, 2011 at 12:14 AM
He is paid all year as well as whatever benefits he recieves. Hopefully the next one won't be a retired double dipper.
Pad April 29, 2011 at 12:18 AM
Significant cuts in high paid administrators and revolving door Superintendants. That would be a good start. Don't sign contracts that when he is asked to leave or quits that he walks out with $600,00.00 of our tax money. Use the money for the children not for double-dippers and failed programs. There is alot of waste and it needs to be addressed. Address it and the kids will be fine.
Pad April 29, 2011 at 12:24 AM
Sarah, Maybe they should ask for that day off also. Elections are held seperately to discourage voters. Look at the turnout compared to over $50+ thousand registered voters. They hope only the stay at home moms vote and the budget passes. Don't believe thier propaganda that the kids will suffer. Budgets have failed before and the children are still doing very well in Wayne. Look at the budget amounts in Passiac and Bergen County, Wayne is by far the highest. Larger than Clifton & Paramus which are also large districts. Everywhere cuts are being made but not at the Wayne BOE. They are taxing people out of this town. BTW, thier children also.
Bobtwo April 29, 2011 at 12:26 AM
Sarah, I am going to say that you are probably a young teacher or have something to do with education. No one disputes that the money should go to the children but what has been happening that the teachers have been getting the bulk of it. Now let me say this, and it is only my opinion, people do not move to the flood area because of the school system. Most of them would like to move. They are there because they can't get out; there is no market or very little market for their homes. I would like you to post a list of people waiting to move into the flood area. I only wish that there was a way to help them out of their dilemma. Now as far as the parking goes I have seen more no parking signs there (Fallon School) than on 5th Ave. for the St. Patrick's Day parade. This can only lead to one conclusion, to discourage senior citizens from parking and voting. From my observation there is ample parking and it is easier for a young teacher to walk the 40 - 50 feet or so to the voting booth than an elderly person with arthritis or whatever. At one time the schools would welcome citizens to come to vote and would make arrangements for them. It appears that today it is all one way. Let’s assume that your parents came to vote and that they had a walking infirmity what would you suggest, stay home and don’t vote. By the way, since when did this become a competition?
JO April 29, 2011 at 12:29 AM
Was disappointed that not all the canidates followed the rules when it came to displaying their campaign signs around town. I was under the impression that each canidates was instructed about where they could place their signs. I further undersand that 10 days ago canidates were asked to remove signs from public right aways. For the most part the rules were followed. Things chagned in the last 24 hours when Stinziano & Kingston signs were place near schools, voting locations and on public property. In some cases even placed in front of other canidate's signs on private property. Whether its a state election or local election; politics in NJ nevers surprises me.
Pad April 29, 2011 at 09:08 AM
Sore losers friend. Janzes signs were being removed long before the election it was noted on the forum and no one complained then. It is what it is. People voted and knew who they were voting for long before they made it to the voting location. The taxpayers wanted change and they got it. Hopefully they will understand both sides of the budget issue and the taxpayers concerns.
Al Scala April 29, 2011 at 11:09 AM
I was disappointed with the election results. I wanted to see Joannie Walsh and Darren DelSardo reelected. I thought that they were by far the better candidates. However, our country is a Democracy, the people have spoken, and so be it! The two new Board Trustees should be given a chance to impact our educational system. Hopefully they will not fall in with the herd and can think for themselves and be individuals on the Board. I hope they speak out, and be contrarian at times. The two new Board Trustees were heavily supported by the Republican Party here in Town. Councilwoman Bello gave a fundraising party at her home for the two. Scott Rumana came out publicly for them as well Some well known party Republicans actively worked on their campaign. . I hope their agenda is not a politically driven one, some hidden agenda that satisfies and is driven by town Republicans. In a perfect world, the Board of Ed should be apolitical. Should not be driven by Democrats or Republicans. I don't go to the Board meetings, but do watch on television the meetings as much as I can. This election has upset me to the point that I may start going to the Board meetings and opening up my big mouth and hold these two candidates to their promises. Hopefully, I won't put my foot in my mouth.
Janine Del Vecchio April 29, 2011 at 12:33 PM
FYI none of the candidates that were ELECTED were asked to move their signs 10 days before the election. Also, just because candidates have friends, some lifelong friends, who are part of the Republican party in town doesn't mean that they were supported by The Republican Party. They didn't seek special interest edorsement from anyone. I thought the "stretching of the truth" would stop after the election.
Al Scala April 29, 2011 at 12:47 PM
This is the pot calling the kettle black. I sincerely believe the two elected without a doubt stretched the truth. They lied about the three middle schools failing. NOT THE TRUTH! Don't take my word for it! Go speak with Dr Labate about the true facts! I think you'll find that these "PTO Moms" were lying in their campaign materials. I sincerely hope that this kind of dishonesty doesn't carry over to their trusteeship on the Board.

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