Educators Endorse Montoyne, Bubba in Board Election

Community for Academic Excellence endorses incumbent and a challenger in this year's Board of Education election.

A non-partisan group of educators has endorsed an incumbent and a challenger in this year’s Board of Education election.

The Community for Academic Excellence (CAE) has endorsed incumbent Don Montoyne and challenger Michael Bubba.

The CAE is a group of current and retired Wayne teachers and educators. The group interviewed all five candidates before selecting Montoyne and Bubba.

Eda Ferrante, a social studies teacher at Wayne Valley High School and contact person for the CAE did not respond to e-mail and phone messages seeking comment.

Ferrante is also a vice president of the teachers union in town, the Wayne Education Association. The CAE is an entirely separate entity from the union.

“It’s not us,” said Sean Spiller, WEA president. “They screen the candidates and make their own determination as to who they want to endorse.”

Montoyne said that it was his stance on pushing for the integration of new technology in the district and his “commitment to being fiscally responsible” that helped him secure an endorsement.

Bubba said he was “thrilled” to receive an endorsement.

“I am happy to have received this endorsement as all the candidates did screen and so many of our current board members have been endorsed by this group in the past,” Bubba said.

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Pad October 24, 2012 at 09:37 AM
One thing we don't need is candidates endorsed by this group that will give the WEA everything they ask for. Like the last contract being cancelled before it ran out to beat the deadline on the state mandated CAP on raises. The BOE allowed them to do it. Another words they could care less about the taxpayers.
Jack Q October 24, 2012 at 11:51 AM
Someone commenting on another article about the candidates pointed this out last week. So the head of this group is the VP of the teacher's union? Doesn't sound too partisan, does it?
I don't think so October 24, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Pad while I respect your opinion it isn't correct and it's just mean to be inflammatory. Neither Mr Monteyne or Mr Bubba were not involved in any negotiations and didn't rip up a contract.
LibertyBanner October 24, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I would hope that these two individuals, like everyone running for a local office, would be working hard to get the support of as many people as possible. Having educators, parents, and others in the community behind you would be a very good thing. All candidates better be working hard to listen and to earn every vote.
Techie1999 October 24, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Bubba and Monteyne are pro-technology and kids - they both coach and both have a technology background- I would hope all public office candidate seek and get all endoresement. I checked around this morning and was told all 5 candidates pursued this endorsement and only these 2 were selected by this community group.
Nose Wayne October 24, 2012 at 05:41 PM
WOW !!! A non-partisan group ? Who's kidding who, their teachers. And who VOTES on EVERYTHING the teachers get ? Doesn't sound very "non-partisan" to me.
techie1999 October 24, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Diddo - Bubba is running for first term and Montoyne was appointed on March some time - They and Kazan seemed to 'get it' and speak as independents.
Joe videodummy October 24, 2012 at 07:26 PM
Endorsing the CAE expands the opportunity for these candidates. It shows us that Don Monteyne and Mike Bubba are willing to work on the side of confidence, competence and enthusiasm by listening to ideas of peers, sharing experiences and resources, they are able to combine that with their "new technology" experience, helping them to understand a variety of different types of information. Then research ways to apply this qualitatively through a process of graphic displays, media communication, social media, and educational teaching tools. The results will be very effective in such subjects as Math, Science, and basic as well as advanced Reading Skills and Instruction. It will be an asset to have these members , who fully understand and have extensive knowledge on today's teaching tools. They will prove to be vital for the board of education by being able to demonstrate these tools, vital for our teachers by being able to represent the many ways these tools can be used in the classrooms, and vital for the students that will be using these tools for assignments, studies, experiments and many other multimedia communications.
Al Scala October 24, 2012 at 07:30 PM
JackQ...it goes without saying that most of us are somewhat political in nature. Some are just registered in their political persuasion, and others are card carrying, meetings attending type people. Is that what you want for our BOE? I certainly don't. The BOE should be a non partisan board. Unfortunately, it this town, it's the farthest thing from it. If your comfortable with the Board being as political as it is, so be it. It's certainly your choice. I personally, don't like it, especially when the party controlling the BOE is the same party controlling the Council. There is no balance here and gives a small minority of people tremendous control over the majority.
Pad October 24, 2012 at 08:03 PM
I didn't say Mr Monteyne or Mr Bubba had anything to do with it. The fact is that there was a contract in place that expired after the State Cap deadline on raises went into effect. The Wayne teachers voted on a Saturday at a special meeting to vote in a new contract before the CAPS took effect. This was told to me by a teacher in the district. The CAE is a group of retired and current teachers that is supporting these two candidates. So when it comes to voting what way do you think these two will vote? They will vote for the teachers and not the taxpayers. The school budget is out of control in this town and it needs 0 increase for awhile to help the burden on the taxpayer. Notice all the For Sale signs? Taxes are the number 1 reason. There are hundreds of houses in foreclosure in Wayne and thousands of tax appeals are being won. This isn't a good outlook for Wayne. So BOE just keep spending and things will be worse then they are real soon.
Kim Essen October 24, 2012 at 08:23 PM
I went for the endorsement, along with the other 4 candidates, because I think Wayne has a lot of really wonderful teachers and it was a honor to receive it. Why did I turn it down? Because of the politics. It would have been nice for my ads to be paid for in addition to other things. I was at a dinner for my friend, Mike and yes my friend, Scott intoduced me around. Mr. Bubba, Mr. Monteyne and Mrs. Albanese were there as well. If you have questions, please ask me, essenforboe@gmail.com. Everyone who knows me knows I stand up for what is right and won't back down when I feel something is wrong. I make my own decisions, I'm the one that has to live with them.
Al Scala October 24, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Kim...I don't understand. You turned down the endorsement from the wonderful teachers because of what politics. Please explain!
Pad October 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM
What don't you understand? Politics controls the BOE. Most of all the Townships councilmen and the Mayor come from the BOE. This isn't an independant BOE as you think it is. You go from here to a council seat. So they are cherry picking people for the board that will eventually end up in the town council. Cmon wake up! There is nothing fair in politics in Wayne. People are groomed from the bottom to play ball. Its a disgrace.
Chicken Little October 25, 2012 at 12:12 AM
@Pad You are like a broken record. Tell me; how many different board members have sat during the past 10 years? Of that number, how many have gone on to other elected office? (Al Scala, feel free to chime in if you know the answer.) P.S., I don't know the answer, but my gut tells me that most of the past BOE members, by far, have not sought other offices. Just trying to see if someone can inject some facts into the discussion.
Jack Q October 25, 2012 at 11:32 AM
Al, was it ok when the board rolled over at contract time in years past? My belief is that the BOE should not be made up of teachers, family of teachers, or public employees. Creates a conflict of interest. Unfortunately, you get what you get with who runs for office. I will agree with you that the BOE of late seems to be a stepping stone of late. I also see that with some people running this year.
Al Scala October 25, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Personally, I don't like the fact that the WEA comes out and endorses candidates. As a trade group, they certainly have the right to do so. Endorsing a candidate or candidates that will be voting on their contract speaks to something that just isn't right.
Big Bird October 25, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Due diligence is performed so that a decision can be made based on all the facts. Many a flip-flopper would not be if the proper analysis had been completed. How could you thumb you nose at the educators that comprise the Community for Academic Excellence? Did you fail to learn about the endorsement you were applying for including the associated alleged politics before you applied? If you are anti-political why did you campaign with the Republican Party seemingly adjoined at the hip with Scott Rumana? Did you know you voted to hire Scott Rumana's wife for over $80,000 per year or did you fail to learn about what you were voting for again? Real quick you to seem to have alienated all the good Democrats that may have considered voting for you while turning your back on the educators! Kim, please do not be driven by a political mope that is under investigation for his own challenged ethics. You are a beautiful, kind woman not a mule for the selfish greedy old hacks that are on their way out. Develop your own reputation. Please say no to being driven and letting Scotty force your hand. You will have more to offer if you just be guided by good morals your parents taught you. You have lost my vote this year, but you have a lifetime to re-tool your independence.
Big Bird October 25, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Ms. Essen: Due diligence is performed so that a decision can be made based on all the facts. Many a flip-flopper would not be if the proper analysis had been completed. Did you fail to learn about the Educator’s endorsement you were applying for including the associated alleged politics before you applied? You indicated that you declined this endorsement due to politics, yet made a conscious decision to campaign for Board of Ed at a Republican function! You may have alienated all the good Democrats that may have considered voting for you while turning your back on the educators! Kim, you are a beautiful, kind woman not a mule for the selfish and the greedy. Develop your own reputation. Please say no to being driven. Do not let anyone force your hand. Be guided by the good morals your parents taught you. You have lost my vote this year, but you have a lifetime to re-tool your independence.
Pad October 25, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Most of the Council members have come from the BOE. When there was a vacancy on the council a person was picked from the BOE to fill it. Cerberio recently ran for a County elected position and lost. What don't you get? When the budget was defeated the council cut less then 1% from a budget that is over 130 million a year. When you know they inflate the budget in case of a defeat you know they ended up with just what they wanted. Most of the BOE members are political wanna be's and current and past council members and even the Mayor shows this to be true fact.
John October 26, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Elections=politics=quid pro quo. And everyone who commented either has a favorite or is hoping to be considered a friend of a favorite.


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