Mayor Sean. M Spiller released a statement Thursday regarding an Elected School Board Referendum:
As Mayor it is my obligation to fulfill my duties and uphold the trust residents have placed in me. However, whether I as Mayor, or any Mayor should appoint members of the Board of Education, or whether those Board members should be chosen directly by residents is not a decision I can make.
That decision can only be made by the residents of Montclair.
Voters can and should be entrusted to decide for themselves what mechanism for naming members of the Board of Education will best serve students, residents, and taxpayers.
Even when there are differing opinions, I believe that everyone shares the ultimate goal of preserving our world class public schools.
I have the utmost confidence in the judgement of the residents of Montclair and would be fully supportive of moving to an elected Board of Education.