Candidate for Clarity

Sep 11, 2019

To the Editor:

The Long Beach Island Consolidated Board of Education is at a crossroads. The public has lost faith in its ability to move forward and continues to be bogged down by the “C word” (consolidation). The public does not want it. The presentation at the special meeting earlier this month clearly demonstrated the disconnect between the public, administration and factions within the board itself.

The referendum that was proposed should have focused on fixing the LBI Grade School, period. Instead the presentation garbled the message with vague suggestions about what will or will not happen in the future. What a missed opportunity to get the voters of Long Beach Island solidly behind the issue!

Whatever happens in the future, the LBI Grade School needs repairs now. Whatever is finally decided about the future of the district is many years off in the execution, and the building issues must be addressed now.

I am running for the seat on the board representing the taxpayers and voters of Barnegat Light. The 10 to 11 years of confusion over the C word have all occurred during the tenure of the current representative. I would like to be seated to listen, get facts and return some harmony to the board, as it was before I was unseated. There are major issues to be addressed, and I am willing to put in the time to do the proper research into what is the best path forward.

Nancy Spark

Barnegat Light

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