Union City parents choose whether or not to elect school board members

Residents of Union City will decide this Election Day on whether school board members will be elected or appointed to serve, as they currently are by Mayor Brian Stack.

There will be a referendum on the ballot at all city voting booths that will give people the option of changing a 14-year amendment to the process, or leaving it in the hands of Mayor Stack.

The mayor finds nothing wrong with the system, stating that 80 percent of the people in the city rate the school system in high regard. The Your Elected School Board, or YES-Board, is the web-based campaign for change led by former principal Frank Scarafile. Scarafile disagrees with the mayor on the success rate of appointed school board members, saying that only 20 New Jersey communities appoint school board members rather than elect them.

Voters have mixed opinions on the referendum, but all will be revealed when voters make their decision on November 2.

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