EGG HARBOR CITY — Three candidates are running unopposed for seats on the Egg Harbor City Board of Education. Incumbents Janine Caudo and Steven Murphy are each seeking another three-year term, while newcomer James Guercioni III is seeking to complete a two-year unexpired term.
The candidates were asked to provide personal information as well as answers to the following questions:
• How long have you lived in the district?
• Do you have or did you have kids in the district?
• Why are you running for the board?
• What special skill set do you bring to the board?
• What is the most important issue facing the district?
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I am 48 years old and divorced/single.
I hold a Bachelor of Science in homeland security and emergency preparedness and a Master of Arts in liberal studies with a certificate in homeland security.
I work for the Government Publishing Office at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Center. I have worked for the federal government for 28 years now.
I've lived in Egg Harbor City since July 2003 (I was born and raised in South Philadelphia).
I have two children in the district. Gabriella Brown is 11 years old in fifth grade at the Community School, and Gianna Brown 8 years old in the third grade at Charles Spragg school.
It gives me great joy to help children and the community through volunteering in various organizations. By being on the board, I can not only ensure my children get the best education possible but also the children in the Egg Harbor City community. I believe that our district has some of the best educators who genuinely care for the children in the community and want to prepare them for a successful future.
I've served on the Egg Harbor City Board of Education for a little over six years, as president for one year and currently as vice president. I am president of the NAFEC Association (FAA Employee Association) and also president of Little Flyers Academy Child Care Center. I have been involved with the Kiwanis Club of Egg Harbor City formerly as president and currently as public relations chair.
The Egg Harbor City School District has struggled with parent and community involvement. The administrators and teachers have been doing more and more programs to engage the parents and the community, and it has really been improving. Hopefully our administrators and teachers could continue to accomplish this.
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I am 45, married and have lived in Egg Harbor City since 2006. I graduated from Absegami High School in 1990.
I did have two children in the district. Both are currently attending Cedar Creek in their engineering magnet program.
I feel it's everyone's civic duty to volunteer to their community in some way. This is my way of serving our community.
Special implies that I am better at something than others would be. I don't feel I bring any "special" set of skills to the board. I will look at each and every issue that comes in front of the board and base every decision on what I feel most benefits the students and the community best, even if that decision is highly unpopular.
In my opinion, maintaining a balance between taxpayers' concerns and the needs of the district is the most important issue we face.
James Guercioni III
I am 45 years of age.
I have lived in Egg Harbor City since 2002.
I am married to my beautiful wife, Leslie. We don't have any children in the district schools.
I graduated from Absegami High School in 1990 and attended Atlantic Cape Community College from 1997 to 1999.
I am currently employed by Pinelands Regional School District as an IT support specialist.
I decided to run for school board because I want to represent the students, the parents, the teachers, the staff, our community and our taxpayers. I believe any special skills that I bring would be from my experiences working in a school district. I have worked at Pinelands School District for 18 years and have knowledge of school policies, budgets and challenges a school district can face.
We have a responsibility to make sure our children will receive the best possible education taught by inspiring teachers with the best educational resources.
Since this would be my first time on the Egg Harbor City school board, I cannot say what challenges or issues the district faces. I want to be clear that as a board member, I will represent not just the teachers but the parents, the community and, most importantly, our students.