Tuesday, April 18, 2006

UNofficial School Board Election Results

And the winners are...

Gordon Sunkett
Cheryl Pitts
Jennifer Iuliucci-Morganti
Kristine Iannaco-Enochs

More to follow as information becomes available.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Courier-Post Reports


Candidates in Winslow tied to party

Monday, April 17, 2006

Courier-Post Staff

While all the candidates have declared they are nonpartisan, under the surface of Tuesday's school board election in Winslow runs a strong current of Democratic politics.

One slate is allied with Winslow Township Committeewoman Barbara Holcomb, the leader of the township Democrats, and the other with Vincent J. Borrelli, public safety director for the Delaware River Port Authority.

Holcomb's allies are running as Your Child's Future Starts Today, a candidates' committee that grew out of the winning efforts of the last two years by campaign organizations affiliated with Democrat Marie D. Lawrence, who, like Holcomb, represents Ward 3 on the Township Committee, and Patricia Parker, now the embattled school board president.

In 2004 and 2005, the campaigns successfully seated seven of the nine members on the Board of Education.

This year's slate -- Calvert Tolbert, Krista D. Ventura and Michael Salamone -- received about two-thirds of its nearly $2,700 in funding from Lawrence and Parker's allies in last year's election, Robert J. Bartolone, Robert K. Pupchik, Deborah Yanez and Kenneth Mims II, records show.

That committee raised about $16,400 last year. Much of it came from school district contractors, such as engineering firm Churchill P.C., auditor Bowman & Co. and solicitor Wade, Long, Wood & Kennedy L.L.C., records show.

Neither Holcomb nor Parker could be reached for comment.

The efforts of the past three years are linked, but Tuesday's slate is not seeking political power, said Lenora P. Mitchell, treasurer for Your Child's Future Starts Today. Mitchell, a teaching assistant at Winslow High School, is the mother of Anthony Mitchell, whom Holcomb recruited to run for the Township Committee seat she will vacate next year.

Lenora Mitchell said she got involved to improve the schools.

"I'm not part of the Democratic Party, per se," she said. "I just happened to like what the team I'm backing says. But I have nothing against what the other ones are saying either . . . I was looking for accountability, and I was looking for someone who was about the students, and at this point in the game that's where we have to go."

Parker, who is the target of both an ethics complaint by the district's assistant superintendent and a recall campaign by a group that includes a member of Borrelli's slate, has kept a low profile. But she does lend support and advice to her allies' campaign, Mitchell said.

Borrelli, himself a former school board member, is chairman of the Winslow Team, comprising former school board members Cheryl Pitts and Frank Mattia, and Jennifer Iuliucci-Morganti and Kristine Iannaco-Enochs.

Last year Borrelli attempted a political insurgence, running with about seven others for seats on the Winslow Township Democratic Committee. All of the candidates lost.

Still, Pitts, a Democrat who ran with Borrelli last year, doesn't consider Borrelli to be a politician.

"When looking at Mr. Borrelli, he holds no political position in the town whatsoever," she said. "Some people care enough to step up. And I would say Mr. Borrelli cared enough to step up."

Borrelli could not be reached for comment.

People who don't like either slate have their choice of three independents: incumbent John Tomasello, John Miller and Winslow Township Recreation Director Gordon P. Sunkett, a Democrat running on his own.

"As an independent . . . no one really gave me a snowball's chance," Sunkett said. "I'm showing that the little guy can make a difference. I'm really confident that we are going to be victorious."

On Tuesday, Winslow voters will elect four school board members out of 10 candidates.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

UNofficially Winslow Receives E-mail

----- Original Message -----
To: "UNofficiallywinslow"
Sent: Sunday, April 16, 2006 11:16 PM

Subject: School Board elections Vote MILLER & TOMASELLO
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2006 01:27:25 +0000
Just a reminder to everyone that the School Board elections are this Tuesday from 2:00pm to 9:00 pm. It is a critical time in our township when it comes to the school board,let your voice be heard. Even if you don't have children in the school system the actions of the school board do have an effect on you. As many may already know I've decided to try to stay away from as much of the political garbage as possible, right down to the practice of proping signs up at every possible street corner. When you are deciding on who to vote for keep this in mind, out of all of the candidates there is only one that has been at as many board meetings, since last April, trying to figure out what has been going on as I have been to. He had been appointed to fill a vacancy last fall and has tried to make a difference. Unfortunately he has found that the politics that are in place in the board and the administration are hard to fight thru in a minority capacity. I've been one of the more vocal attendees at these meetings trying to get clear communication from the board and the administration on the matters and happenings of the schools,I've even been the mouth piece for those that have a fear of public speaking. I know it is not easy to make these school board meetings, with the type of schedules we hold especially those with kids in sports and even more so those that volunteer their time in youth sports. I just ask that you get the word out about the election, and you make sure you vote for some body that is going to be there to fight and make the tough decisions for the right reasons, so our children get the education they deserve. Though we are running independently we are fighting for a common cause. John Tomasello and I still believe one person can make a difference. Pass this e-mail along to as many Winslow Twp. residents as you know. Let your voice be heard, VOTE on April 18. Get the politcs out of the way of our children's education, vote for the those willing to run independently. Thank you for your time, John Miller

UNofficially Winslow Receives E-mail

----- Original Message -----
To: "UNofficiallywinslow"
Sent: Sunday, April 16, 2006 9:51 PM

As a resident here in Winslow for many years, I like most have sat back and watched as the school and township have literally destroyed themselves both politically and emotionally. I decided to make my stand last April 2005 after watching the budget hearing given by the last administration where only six or seven residents attended. The problems here are real in Winslow, I knew it then. I knew that we as a township needed to unite and work together with the schools and town council. Winslow can not wait any longer to address the growing problems in the schools and in the community.

I will continue to fight hard to secure the safety of the children. I will continue to fight hard to bring higher educational standards to our children. I will continue to fight hard to make sure that all employees are treated fairly. I will continue to bridge the gap between Schools and our local governing body. This is WINSLOW TOWNSHIP, and lets show everyone we can rise above it all. Lets show the people that have entrusted us with their children that we can educate them in a safe environment. BRING PRIDE TO OUR DISTRICT AND OUR TOWNSHIP. One final comment. It was best said on this web site by one of our town council. I will now speak that same statement. ANYONE WHO WANTS TO GET IN THE WAY OF THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT RETURNING TO NORMALCY WILL HAVE TO FIRST GO THROUGH ME. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. LETS TAKE WINSLOW BACK.

John Tomasello

Vote April 18th.

UNofficially Winslow Receives E-mail

----- Original Message -----

To: UNofficiallywinslow@comcast.net
Sent: Sunday, April 16, 2006 10:06 AM

Just a thought on reasons to vote for certain candidates:

Gordon Sunkett:

Member of our community for over 3 years
Well respected Head of Recreation in Winslow Township
Previous board experience in Camden
Father of a child in Winslow Schools
Strong background with gangs

John Tomasello:

Member of our community for over 17 years
Well respected business owner, IN CONSTRUCTION, something Winslows needs badly
Current board member since September 2005
Father of two children in Winslow Schools
Family history for generations

John Miller:

Member of our community for 12 years
Well respected community member at every meeting since last April
Speaks out on all subjects
Local mouthpiece for all parents and teachers afraid to come out and ask the questions
Father of two children in Winslow Schools

Put the three of these people on the board along with Bob Bartolone, and we most certainly we have change to better our schools and community.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

UNofficially Winslow Receives E-mail

----- Original Message -----
From: UNofficially Winslow Receives E-mail
To: UNofficiallywinslow@comcast.net
Sent: Saturday, April 15, 2006 9:10 PM
Subject: Election on Tuesday

With all the past events at the High School and the Board of Education and Townhall Tuesday we have the opportunity to show, much like in November that we have had enough. We are not going to sit on the side line while the politicians make money on our hard earned efforts. We must stand up and Vote for candidates that really care about our kids.

As I have taken the time to see who is supporting who, it came to my attention that Calvin Tolbert's signs where on Barbara Holcomb's lawn and Barry Wright's. I personally do not want any of the likes on the Board of Education. Have we not had enough with Pat Parker? Will they ever just give up and go back to where ever they came from and let our community become whole? Most likely not but we as voters can stop the madness and keep them out of office.

Remember the people who sit on the Board Of Education must set the example for our kids. If the kids see the Board of Education member fighting calling names, playing the blame game. How can the parents and teachers tell the kids you cannot fight, call names and blame others for things that go wrong.

Please go vote for someone but think twice before you vote for Calvin Tobert and his team.

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UNofficially Winslow Receives E-mail

----- Original Message -----
From: UNofficially Winslow Receives E-mail
To: UNofficiallywinslow@comcast.net
Sent: Saturday, April 15, 2006 7:27 AM
Subject: Re:School Board Election

I am writing to remind everyone to come out and vote on Tuesday, April 18th, from 2-9pm. This is a very important election. I ask everyone to please keep in mind when you vote to remember that it takes 5 people on the board to get majority. Although there are many terrific people running I am voting for The Winslow Team - Cheryl Pitts, Jennifer Iuliucci-Morganti, Frank Mattia, and Kristine Iannaco-Enochs. We need people who get along and respect one another. This is something the current board does not have. They all need to be on the same page. So, please think before you vote. Remember..... VOTE APRIL 18TH!


UNofficially Winslow Receives E-mail

----- Original Message -----
To: UNofficially Winslow Receives E-mail
Sent: Friday, April 07, 2006 8:24 PM
Subject: winslow schools

Thank God this week is over. I wonder what next week will bring. This is not the end. There are so many problems in our High School. I have been telling all of you for a long time, with deaf ears. The administration took full credit for the investigation, what a lie. It was three Winslow Township Bus Drivers who went to the police station and told the police about all the rumors. The police acted quickly and went to the High School. The police talked to the principal who told them everything was under control. The police told them we are taking over. Thank God they did. Again the schools try to hide things and lie to the community. We have been told through the police that as many as 15 more students could be arrested and Friday these students probably were in school. My kids were not there. I can not trust the school to watch over my children. Thank you to Winslow Police Department. Our kids are scared and so is the staff. What is going on in our High School? Little Winslow even made the world news, Good Morning America even ran the story. The same thing happened with the gun that the administration said there was no gun. Again lying and Pat Parker telling everyone that this information will not be repeated to anyone. Last night I was at School 6 to meet the board candidates and there were 3 police officers. I am guessing they were there because they expected problems with the parents. Why would parents be so upset? Our school is trash with lying crappy people running it. At the meeting last night it was said that 18 more people received lay off notices on top of the 23 from January. Do the parents and voters know this? It was also said last night that some teachers at the High School have been assaulted by students. What is going on? Nobody is safe in that school and Pat Parker has the nerve to say at a Township Meeting last year that we do not need any more police in the schools, we do not have enough. They keep talking about zero tolerance but I don't see it and neither do my children.

I have also been told that the 2 boys from Eastern High School who live in Voorhees and go to our High School are starters on the baseball team. (Why would Eastern kids want to go to our schools? Because they were not good enough baseball players at their school to start on the baseball team.) I don't know how the head coach was able to pull that over but he did. Two brothers who have been on the baseball team for the Middle School and High School are no longer playing for the High School team because of the head coach. One of the brothers is in 12th grade and the other is in 10th grade. The senior just quit this week after practicing since baseball started this school year. He started all preseason games and when it came to the first game this coach sat him for 7 innings because, no reason. The 10th grader made the varsity team as a freshmen but could not stand the head coach and all the stuff that went on last year, decided not to go out this year. Both boys have been playing baseball on a team since they were 5 looking forward to playing in High School. Both have been on the all star teams since they were 9 for Winslow Township, so you can see they are very good players. Neither boy has ever been suspended or even had a detention from school. They are very well liked by their teachers and very good students. This head coach only likes the bad kids like the boy with the ankle bracelet and the boy who bought the beer when they were in North Carolina last year. (Easter break the team is going again to North Carolina, stay tuned) Again what is going on in our High School?

I have also been told that the High School had the up coming 9th graders and parents at the High School this past week for a meeting and the school was informed by the parents, that a great number of the students will not be going to the High School. I quess the school will be very busy this summer getting the students transfer papers together. What is going on?

On Monday, April 10Th at 7:00 at the Middle School there will be a special board meeting to tell more lies. (Board elections are almost here)
The paper says
The initial segment of the Public Participation portion of the regularly scheduled meeting of the Winslow Township Board of Education will be devoted to providing members of the community with the opportunity to ask questions or make statements regarding the recent incident at Winslow Township High School.

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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Courier-Post Reports

Winslow teens investigated for threats

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Winslow Township police say they discovered a plot involving threats and assaults to Winslow Township High School students.
On Tuesday, police arrested three high school students, who they are not identifying, for making terroristic threats.
The teens have an 2:30 p.m. court hearing today.
According to a press release by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, no weapons were recovered and no weapons charges have been brought against the teens.
The investigation is ongoing by the Winslow Township Police Criminal Investigation Unit.

Courier-Post Reports

4 boys charged in threats

Thursday, April 6, 2006

Courier-Post Staff

Authorities accused a fourth boy in the alleged plot to kill some 25 people at Winslow Township High School and added more serious charges against all of the suspects.

The new defendant is a 15-year-old Hammonton High School student.

The other boys are Winslow High students -- a 15- and a 16-year-old from the Sicklerville section, and a 14-year-old from the Waterford section.

Police would not say whether other people would be charged. They said the investigation is continuing.

The new charges against the youths include consipracy to commit murder and perhaps the first accusation locally of a new state crime called "terrorism." Police also charged the boys with making terroristic threats and conspiracy to make terroristic threats.

Additionally, the 14-year-old is charged with a second count of making terroristic threats and one count of simple assault for grabbing the neck of a girl who was a fellow Winslow High student on March 15, authorities said.

The Winslow students have been suspended from school, Interim Superintendent Michael E. Schreiner said.

Superior Court Judge Angelo J. DiCamillo this morning ordered the four boys held in the Camden County Youth Detention Center in Blackwood. They must undergo psychiatric and psychological testing before a hearing April 13.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

UNofficially Winslow Receives E-mail

----- Original Message -----
From: UNofficially Winslow Receives E-mail
To: unofficiallywinslow@comcast.net
Sent: Tuesday, April 04, 2006 10:34 AM
Subject: Thank you for wasting my time!

Eager parents and staff attended the special Board of Education meeting last night, in the hopes that the sitting board members would put an end to months of speculation and torment. It was not to be.

What started as a good faith gathering of parents, staff and board members dissolved into that familiar frustration when the parents and staff realized that once again, the Board has played them for the fool.

2 candidates remained as of last night. 2 educated, intelligent, articulate, dedicated, interested persons, who answered 12 multi-component questions with grace and confidence, acknowledging the parents and staff present. Both stated similar issues, both have experience in the challenges that Winslow faces. But apparently neither was qualified - that should come as a complete shock to both, since one is currently an assistant Superintendent, and the other a Superintendent of the Pleasantville school district. But, parents and staff, there you go thinking again.

If you read between the lines, you might figure out that Parker's cronies wanted anyone but Dan Swirsky to ascend to the Superintendent's position. You might also figure that those without political affiliation wanted to stall any action that was politically biased.

However, we cannot ignore that after major public outcry and two searches, we are back at square one.

CLEARLY, it is time for a changing of the guard - clearly, this is nothing but a game for the Board - and they have wasted YOUR precious time and money. Effective change can not be implemented overnight - each delay costs money and each delay means it's that much longer before the hallways are safe, before staff morale is boosted, before a meaningful curriculum is implemented.

LET YOUR VOTE BE YOUR VOICE FOR YOUR CHILDREN! Meet the candidates Thursday - 7pm at school #6.

Monday, April 03, 2006

UNofficially Winslow Receives Email

----- Original Message -----
From: UNofficially Winslow Receives E-mail
To: UNofficiallywinslow@comcast.net
Sent: Tuesday, April 04, 2006 12:39 AM
Subject: Re: Board Meeting

Well, once again our current board has left me speechless! For anyone who did not come out to the "special" meeting tonight, you missed NOTHING but a waste of tax payers money! We have been "searching" for a superintendent since forever. We have paid close to $20,000 for two searches. The first search, the board didn't like the candidates. The second search led us to tonight. Two candidates remained out of 6, I believe. They were to be interviewed in public tonight. The public took time out of their lives and came, the candidates took time out of their lives and came. We, the tax payers, paid Dr. Hanna $60 and hour to be there and paid our solicitor to be there. The public was FINALLY given a chance to voice their opinions but it was a waste. They returned from executive session to tell the public that they decided that neither candidate was qualified!!! What? Didn't they have to be qualified in order to get to this point? This board has to go! Our district is out of control and someone has to stop it! Please come out Thursday night to Meet the Candidates. It is at 7pm at school #6. We need a new board! We need to stop wasting time and money and move this district forward!

A fed up parent!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

UNofficially Winslow Receives Email

----- Original Message -----
From: UNofficially Winslow Receives E-mail
To: UNofficiallywinslow@comcast.net
Sent: Sunday, April 02, 2006 9:29 AM
Subject: Re: The Sound of Music

Hi! I am writing for two reasons. The first one is to say how wonderful the play was at the high school! I was honored to be able to watch the play last night with my family and it was amazing! It truly sounded and looked like a broadway show! This just goes to show that Winslow has so much talent yet know one ever hears about it!

Secondly, I am writing to remind everyone that tomorrow night the board of education is having a "special meeting". This meeting is to interview the final 3 candidates for superintendent. It is open to the public but not many people know about it. It begins at 6:30pm at the middle school. The sad part about this is that they are only doing this (trying to hire someone) so THEY can have the say before the election. There are 4 seats up and if they were an honest board (I don't mean all of them) they would wait until the election and let those 4 new people be involved in the hiring. We need to keep in mind that we needed a superintendent since JULY! We have had these candidates since January! Why all of a sudden are they "rushing" to hire someone now? What would it hurt to wait a few more weeks? Remember, Dr. Schriner has a contract and we will still have to pay him until June 30th. So why not wait to hire someone? Please come out!


A concerned Parent