Next Wednesday the Board of Education Elections will be held throughout the state of New Jersey, including right here in Howell. Six Candidates are running for three available seats on the board, with only two incumbents looking to hold onto their seats. This is the third article in a series of profiles Howell Patch is doing on the candidates.
- Candidate Name: John Van Noy
- Address: 16 Pepperridge Road
- Occupation: Retired New York Stock Exchange Engineer, small business owner
In more than three decades living in Howell, John Van Noy has been involved in several aspects of township life. From being a Cub Scout Leader to chairman of zoning board he has seen a lot of what the town has to offer. Now he is one of six people running for three seats on the board of education.
Van Noy points to several areas of work at the school level as well on his resume. That includes 10 years on the Taunton Elementary School PTA, three years on the High Tech High School PTO, and eight years of involvement in the Howell High School Music Parents' Program.
On the municipal level, Van Noy said he was the chairman of the Citizen's Input Council, the President of the Sister Cities Organization, and a combined 18 years of experience on the zoning and planning boards. He has also served as a member of the Strategic Planning Committee.
As he runs for the board of education, Van Noy said he hopes to bring all his experiences together to help in this new endeavor. "Over the years, I have gained considerable experience in all aspects of good government," he said. "In addition, I am blessed with a wonderful family and great friends here in Howell. I wish to bring the benefit of this collective wisdom to bear and create a balanced educational system that considers students and taxpayers first."
Van Noy said he believes he can help the district if elected. "A quality education is not based on more money, but on dedicated teachers realizing excellence while relieving taxpayer levies," he said. "Fresh thinking and shared services within our existing governmental agencies will put Howell back on track to the level that my children experienced."
And while he knows many of the decisions the board makes impact mostly the students and parents in the district, Van Noy said he is also aware that many people in the town are also affected without being in the schools.
This is especially true of the school budget that gets voted on every year by all the residents of the township. "There is no empathy with the taxpayers economic reality; no attempt to recognize our current business decline; no desire to share in a balanced solution to benefit all residents," he noted.
The elections for the school board as well as the vote on the proposed budget will be held Wednesday, April 27 at polling places across the district.
Editor's note: Like many news outlets, Patch is not enabling commenting on election-related stories as voting day approaches to avoid anonymous last-minute attacks.