Businessman Pushes for Elected N.J.-S.P. School Board

NJ-SP School Board 2015-2016A North Judson businessman and his wife are leading the charge to change the makeup of the North Judson-San Pierre School Board.

Matt and Becky Bailey have three children in the school system and promised during last night’s board meeting to support new Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin “100 percent.” However, he says many people in the community have legitimate concerns about things like school ratings. Bailey says two employees he hired altered their relocation plans when they saw the school’s grades on real estate websites.

He also pointed to the number of families who have, quote, “cut and run” from N.J.-S.P. for various reasons. Bailey says the ones who have stayed behind want to see real change in the form of an elected school board.

He asked all of the board members to consider unanimously voting for an elected school board at a future meeting, as that is the easiest route to transition.

“If not then it would be the process of us doing the petition and getting it on the ballot for a vote, and then going through the appeals if it goes to that point. We are financially prepared to do that, and we feel that we have a group to put the time and energy in to make that happen,” Bailey said.

He asked the school board for formal consideration of his request at their next meeting. It’s scheduled Tuesday, June 21st at 7 p.m.