Press Release from the Committee to Elect Neal Goldstein as Roseland's Candidate for the West Essex Board of Education.
Neal Goldstein, a 20-year Roseland resident with two sons who attend West Essex High School, is running for a seat on the West Essex Board of Education.
Professionally, Goldstein is the chief technology officer at a financial company. Throughout his career, he has held various senior leadership roles in technology and financial services. In some of these positions, he has managed more than 150 engineers and governed budgets in excess of $100 million.
Goldstein previously served on the Lester C. Noecker Board of
Education for eight years, from 2010 to 2018, much of that time as the Vice President. At the request of the board, he stayed involved for an extra year to assist with teacher negotiations and tax issues.
During Goldstein’s time on the Roseland board, the town saw a spike in student enrollment, which was handled with minimal disruption to the school. Under his tenure, the board actively worked to steadily increase academic success as it introduced state-of-the-art technology and STEM programs into Roseland’s ‘gem on the hill’.
Further, the Board implemented necessary security measures to ensure the children were safe at Noecker.
As a Board member, one of Goldstein’s defining characteristics was to always make himself accessible to constituents and worked towards harmony and consensus amongst members. Roseland has been very lucky to be a part of a regional school system as consistently highly rated as West Essex. Working with the great teachers and administrators in place today, if elected Goldstein would increase communication with the community, strengthen the financial position of school, and ensure it continues to produce successful young adults who make an impact in our community.
Goldstein has loved raising his family in Roseland. His beautiful wife Caroline grew up in Roseland, and they chose to raise their two sons, Sam (age 16) and Max (age 14), in this great town.
Community can be defined in many ways. When presented with the opportunity to help set up a school and orphanage for those affected by the genocide in Rwanda, Goldstein jumped in. Seeing that the school has become a leader in education in Africa gives him great satisfaction.
Goldstein’s commitment to the Roseland community has always been a point of pride. He actively coached more than 15 sports teams over the last 20 years, and these have been some of the happiest moments of his life.
Goldstein is invested in the success of our school system for all of the children in our community. Having two children currently in the West Essex schools will give him a unique and critical perspective as a school board member. His accomplishments on the Roseland school board, decades of professional experience in finance and technology, and his desire to dedicate his time to improving our schools will make Goldstein a great addition to the West Essex school board.
LETTER of ENDORSEMENT for Jann Skelton and Jill marcus, West Essex board of education candidates, from NOrth Caldwell resident Mindy Opper
Nov. 3, 2019
I am writing to support Jann Skelton and Jill Marcus in the upcoming election for two seats on the West Essex Board of Education (WEBOE). I am writing as an individual, not as a member or on behalf of the North Caldwell Board of Education (NCBOE) and I have known both candidates personally, and have worked with Jann Skelton on the NCBOE for three years.
In addition to my personal experience on the NCBOE, over the last several months I have attended many West Essex Board of Education (WEBOE) meetings and familiarized myself with the concerns of numerous parents. Like many in North Caldwell, we moved to town because of the strength of the schools. I want to continue that positive trajectory.
Jann challenged the NCBOE to think strategically, 10 years into the future, and this has been instrumental in our conversations around future development. A challenge for the WEBOE has been transparency and the engagement of parents as stakeholders.
Information is power, and while there are proper limitations on what a Board of Education can share with the public, there is a great deal that can be shared. Jann was responsible for engaging the community in a meaningful way. Many decisions were altered and improved because of community feedback. Jann is poised to add immediate value to the WEBOE.
I have observed Jill Marcus as a member of our community since she moved here. She is vested in our West Essex schools until 2030, when her youngest will graduate high school. While I do not think it is a prerequisite to have a child currently in district to be a contributing Board of Education member, I do believe it is a valuable perspective. Jill’s background in the private and nonprofit sectors, along with her collaborative nature, make her a good fit as a new member. I am impressed with her willingness to take a risk, jump in this race, research the issues, and how much she values education for our children. Jill will bring all this, and more, to her role on the Board of Education.
There is great pride in our community for the West Essex schools, and there is so much to be proud of. Identifying opportunities for improvement and growth does not diminish that pride. There has been fear and some negativity around a contested election for these positions. We should not fear change. Healthy competition forces us to do better. We should not fear high standards. We should not fear people in our community passionate about working in our best interests. We should fear a failure to strategically plan for the future of our schools.
Even if you think this election does not affect you because you do not have children in West Essex schools, these decisions do affect your property values. Directly. When I moved to North Caldwell 10 years ago, West Essex was in the top 10% of New Jersey schools. The most recent lists show that it has dropped to the top 35%. Both school decline and progress can take years. Let’s get ahead of the curve. I firmly believe both Jann Skelton and Jill Marcus will help us get there. So get out and vote on November 5th and tell 3 friends too!
Brentwood Drive in North Caldwell
LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR NEAL GOLDSTEIN, WEST ESSEX SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE, FROM ROSELAND RESIDENT PETE LEVINE
Oct. 17, 2019
Fellow West Essex Residents:
I am writing to share my support for Neal Goldstein who is running in the upcoming West Essex School Board Election.
Having sons growing up in town together I have gotten the chance to know Neal over the 20 years we have both lived in Roseland. Whether it was through Soccer and Baseball where we coached together, Cub Scouts, or just around town he is always upbeat and a pleasure to be around.
Neal served 7 years on the Roseland BOE, as VP of the board for three years and being asked to stay on for an additional year based on his financial acumen and negotiating skills. Combine this with his experience as an executive in the IT Field and you’ve got yourself a proven leader ready to step in and be productive for the West Essex BOE on the first day.
Please join me in supporting Neal as I wholeheartedly believe his presence and steady hand will be helpful in keeping our school district strong for the benefit of all, including, students and families as well as all residents of West Essex who realize how important our excellent schools are to keeping our property values strong.
VOTE NEAL GOLDSTEIN FOR WEST ESSEX BOE!
Hillside Avenue, Roseland
ENDORSEMENT LETTER FOR DEBORAH SACCO-CALDERONE AND MIKE GESARIO, BOARD OF EDUCATION CANDIDATES, FROM ROSELAND RESIDENT TONI VARDIMAN
Nov. 3, 2019
I felt compelled to call out what I've learned from listening to the candidates running for the local school boards and I'm endorsing Deborah Sacco-Calderone and Mike Gesario for West Essex and Roseland Board of Ed.
West Essex Board Candidate
Sacco-Calderone began her public service as a volunteer on the Roseland Library Board (served for five years, served as VP and President and led group that raised $50,000 for the children’s library expansion.
Deborah is currently a West Essex board member where she has served as president, vice president and curriculum chair.
The role of a member of the Board of Education is to work in tandem as a TEAM to develop, implement and support policies of the school to ensure a stable and progressive environment. Representing the Roseland community, the board member is the voice at the board level. There is no better choice, Deborah would continue to support and strengthen the superintendent and administration in developing policies and programs to support the academic and athletic excellence that West Essex Provides to this community. The recently retired West Essex Superintendent, Barbara Luongo, endorses her.
During her impressive tenure spanning over many years, Deborah has missed ONE Board Meeting because she puts the needs of our community first. She acts as a member of a TEAM that cohesively acts on our behalf.
Re-elect Deborah Sacco-Calderone.
Deborah’s opponent served on the Lester C. Noecker Board during the 2010-2018 time period when Noecker, Roseland’s gem, stopped shining. Roseland needed strong leadership to continue its legacy after the retirement of veteran Superintendent Richard Sierchio. With the Referendum expansion, Lester C. Noecker was poised to continue on the path of success. Since 2011 we have unfortunately experienced a steady deterioration, we have earned a poor reputation that has tarnished our school. Let’s not make the same mistake and vote in her opponent at the West Essex Board level. West Essex has an outstanding reputation, let’s keep in that way!
Roseland Board of Education Candidate
Mike Gesario is a very strong candidate running against incumbent Anna Gordon, who is currently President of the Roseland Board of Education. He is not running to become President, as the sitting board votes the President in. Neighbors, Roseland needs change! Roseland’s children need to be a top priority and our school system and the teachers need your support. Mike is an educator, a Dad and truly believes that we should give our teachers and children the support that they need.
Mike said it best “There are too many people – teachers, parents, and community members – who have concerns and ideas but feel they are not being heard. I will listen, and I will help foster an environment that welcomes different opinions, collaboration, and compromise.“
His opponent, Anna Gordon, boasts on a recent postcard mailing that she is skilled, invested, motivated, and Leader. She is seeking a fourth term on the board.
These have been tumultuous years at Noecker, and we need to take the school back! Vote for Mike Gesario for Roseland School Board because Roseland needs change to polish the Gem on the Hill, Noecker School! Your children and teachers will thank you!
LETTER OF ENDORSEMENT FOR North Caldwell West Essex Board of Education CANDIDATES Jann Skelton and Jill Marcus, from NORTH CALDWELL RESIDENT Robert Projansky
October 28, 2019
I write this in my personal capacity and not as a member, or on behalf, of the North Caldwell Board of Education.
Many have asked me who I support for the North Caldwell seats on the West Essex Board of Education. While I have the utmost respect for the service and dedication of all of the candidates, I
firmly endorse Jann Skelton and Jill Marcus.
North Caldwell and the entire West Essex region are at a crossroads, facing perhaps the most difficult challenges they have ever seen. The construction boom in our area creates extraordinary stress on our schools that will require a focus on forward-looking, strategic thinking, community engagement and student achievement.
When Jann served on the North Caldwell Board of Education, I witnessed firsthand how she was responsible for that forward-looking strategic thinking:
What’s more, having spent a lot of time talking with Jill about our schools, I know that, as an accomplished MBA and businesswoman, she shares the same strategic approach as Jann.
However, if there is one thing I have learned in my almost 10 years on the North Caldwell Board of Education, it is that even the greatest plans in the world are useless without full transparency and active communication of a Board’s vision. Without community buy-in, we cannot possibly achieve our goals.
Again, Jann and Jill have demonstrated full recognition of this indisputable fact.
Again, Jill shares these same values, encouraging our public officials to engage the community in its deliberative process.
Jann and Jill’s attention to these matters is evidence of their singular focus on creating an inclusive environment in which all students, no matter what their level, are best positioned to achieve their greatest potential.
I believe that they are uniquely qualified to achieve this goal and therefore endorse them. For those who are unconvinced, I encourage you to spend a few minutes with Jann and Jill, as I
suspect that will be all it takes for you to reach the same conclusion I did.
"Neal Goldstein is running for the West Essex Regional Board of Education in November, representing Roseland. I've known Neal for a very long time; our children are the same ages and we coached Roseland Recreation soccer teams together for many years. I've seen first-hand his commitment to children, Roseland, and doing the "right thing". He previously had served several terms on the Roseland Board of Education and is the right candidate with experience, prudence, patience, and perspective.
Please join me in November and #VoteNeal !"
"As a resident of Fairfield, the parent of two West Essex graduates, and recently-retired as superintendent of the West Essex School District, my firsthand knowledge of the West Essex Board of Education and their interactions with one another is significant. It is important for voters to consider the irrefutable fact that the current Board has been the one to guide West Essex Schools on the road to the excellence it has achieved.
This Board and the incumbent members are very familiar with past projects, the district budgets, and are well-versed in district policies. It is without question that they have been an integral part of the many successes the district has attained in academic programs, athletics, fine arts, and facility improvements, which combine to make our campus one that is envied by visitors to our schools.
Further, the success of the district’s new superintendent and new middle school principal will be strongly impacted by the Board of Education. Thus, this election is especially critical during this important period of transition. This Board and the incumbents running for re-election have the experience and record of success that deserves the community’s support, and the other candidates simply do not.
Consistency will ensure future success and I urge the West Essex Community to maintain the current Board of Education when casting their votes on Election Day. This Board is an intelligent, knowledgeable, cohesive unit of community volunteers and the West Essex School District deserves to have them continue the great work they have begun.
Deborah Sacco-Calderone, Judith Amorim Dias, and Anthony Prinzo are the only choices for West Essex!"
Retired West Essex Superintendent Of Schools