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.