Mayoral Challenger Nadrowski: Bayonne Needs School Funding

As part of her latest installment of the Nadrowski Campaign’s “Solution Sunday” platform series, Mayoral Candidate Sharon Ashe Nadrowski released her team’s plans to address “School” issues in Bayonne.

“As ‘Solution Sunday’ continues week after week, residents get a greater understanding of what my administration will do to address issues that matter to them, and those that we face as a community in Bayonne today,” said Ashe Nadrowski.

The following is the installment released on Sunday, April 17th about “Schools:”

“One of the most valuable things to a community is its school system. In fact, when people look to invest in a neighborhood – be it with a small business or a new home – they often look to the quality and integrity of the local school system before doing any further research or engaging in personal negotiations. In Bayonne’s case, while the Mayor and the City government more broadly cannot, and does not directly oversee the operations of the Bayonne School District, there are a few things that the City can do to help ensure the District remains in the best position to instill a quality education for our children, and maximize overall community value. Here are a couple of my ideas and plans for helping our schools:

1. DON’T SACRIFICE SCHOOLS IN DEVELOPMENT DEALS

Last week I mentioned that there needs to be a voice in the room that puts Bayonne’s needs first. The reality is that Bayonne’s needs include school funding – Funding for the schools we have, and funding for the schools we need. Under a Nadrowski administration this means negotiating PILOT agreements and advocating for off-site infrastructure improvements to build new schools and improve the ones that are currently beyond their useful life. This is not only what teachers, staff, and students need; it’s what the hardworking taxpayers of Bayonne deserve as well. Local taxpayers shouldn’t shoulder this burden alone. We should look to the new stressors on our education system for equitable relief to the issues that face us today – including our aging and inadequate school facilities.

2. OPEN THE LINES OF COMMUNICATION

The Bayonne Board of Education and the City of Bayonne’s Governing Body are two autonomous entities. They stand on their own, but they should never stand alone. Over the past four years in particular, the lack of communication between the City Administration and the School District has been problematic. Under a Nadrowski administration the City would take a different approach to its relationship with the School District. The City and the District are two halves of the whole community, and we should start acting that way. My proposal is to have public meetings several times throughout each year. These meetings will include the Mayor, members of City Council, and members of the Board of Education, with the goal of sharing information, ideas, and priorities. There may be situations where the City can help the School District with resources, funding, and planning – but we’ll never know if we don’t communicate.

That’s a tragedy that can be easily prevented with open communication. Meetings and regular conversations like these are not designed to dictate policy or usurp authority; rather, they are intended to help share ideas and establish an open, transparent, and respectful platform for communication.”

Every Sunday from now, until Election Day on May 10th, the Nadrowski Campaign is going to release concrete solutions to the problems facing Bayonne via Facebook. Previous installments of the Nadrowski campaign’s “Solution Sunday” series are as follows:

Sunday, March 20, 2022 (“Open & Transparent Government”)
Sunday, March 27, 2022 (“Redevelopment”)
Sunday, April 3, 2022 (“Quality of Life”)
Sunday, April 10, 2022 (“Affordability”)

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