Two incumbent members, board President James Eichvalds and Eugene Paradiso, who are running as a ticket with a newcomer, Thomas Morgan, vigorously defended their records against scathing criticism delivered in what had the perception of being an almost friendly exchange.
Eichvalds and Paradiso
withstood the critical onslaught philosophically.
stated that the local children absolutely held their own well in Roxbury High School
when they left the elementary school here and even stood out.He
said the schools were much improved since he
took office 10 years ago.There's a much stronger team effort on the present board, he
said, and we have a strong education plan. He
challenged charges that there was waste in board spending calling himself a "cheap skate" and a "committed education advocate."
When you talk about money going to students it should be remembered when money goes to teachers it is going to the children because the teachers teach the children. He
pointed out that the board had to make painful cuts but the reality was that the borough just could not afford to do things it wanted to do because the borough just couldn't afford it and have a realistic budget. His
ambition as a board member is to strengthen "peer mentoring,' "shared and integrated teaching," "helping students in the area of basic skills," and encouraging additional schooling for students who need it.
is a life long resident and has been married to his
wife, Marilyn for 19 years.Their two children attend Roxbury High School
.He has been involved in various community service in Mount Arlington for 30 years, one of the recreation basketball founders, a member and chairman of the Zoning Board, and member and secretary of the Juvenile Conference Council, a borough councilman and has served on the Board of Education since 1993.He was an original trustee of the Mt. Arlington Foundation, a community based charitable organization.
On the Board he
has served on the Finance, personnel, curriculum, policy, negotiations and technology committees.He also has served as the Roxbury High School board liaison and pursued improvements in send/receive relationship. He
developed software to analyze teacher salaries, and refurbished donated computers for use in the classrooms and created the school's first music technology program.