Update: Joe Stupp, aka Maplewoodian, is now providing podcasts of interviews with five of the six canidates. Listen here.
On Tuesday, April 17, 2012, the residents of Maplewood and South Orange will go to the polls — between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. — to select one-third of the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education.
Each year, three seats on the nine-person board are up for election. Terms are for three years. The board steers a district of more than 6,600 students and an annual budget of more than $114 million.
This year, two incumbents — Wayne Eastman and Jennifer Payne Parrish — are running along with four newcomers: Jeffrey Bennett, Amy Higer, Madhu Pai and Karen (Tia) Swanson.
The candidates are running on two tickets: Eastman, Bennett and Pai are running together. Payne Parrish, Swanson and Higer are running together.
Readers can access 500-word profiles submitted by each candidate by following these links.
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