Meet the BOE Candidates: John Meeks
● By Rebecca K. Abma
Four candidates are vying for three seats on the Midland Park Board of Education in the April 23 election. Midland Park Press is giving each candidate the opportunity to speak in their own words.
School Board Challenger John Meeks, a seven-year resident of Midland Park, who previously lived on the Upper East Side in Manhattan, works as a Customer Care Representative for Nice-Pak Products/PDI in Orangeburg, N.Y. He and his wife Erika have been married for eight years and do not have any children at this time.
Meeks is involved in borough organizations and politics, including past president of the Midland Park United Republican Club for five years, secretary of the Midland Park Lion’s Club, and sitting member of the Midland Park Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Midland Park Board of Recreation.
Why are you running for the Board of Education? If elected what do you hope to achieve?
There is nothing more important to the success of a nation than a well-educated citizenry. I am running to improve the quality of education our students receive while maintaining budgetary integrity. My campaign will focus on the detriments of the one-size-fits-all Common Core Standards being implemented in our schools and why the Midland Park Board of Education should opt-out. I believe the send-receive relationship needs further study and exploration. I plan to give it the due diligence it deserves. It has great potential for our students.
I am running because I believe we can do better for our children our parents and our taxpayers. I look forward to a spirited campaign, meeting as many voters as possible, and earning their support.
What are your plans for addressing the facilities?
I would take a more pro-active approach to maintaining our facilities. I believe it is important that our facilities be well maintained year in, year out, instead of waiting for something to break before fixing it. This would avoid costly repairs in the future.
Why should I vote for you?
If you’re tired of our schools falling apart, tired of multimillion dollar referendums, tired of a lack of transparency, vote for me. If you agree our school budget is bloated and that somewhere there seems to be an awful lot of overhead, vote for me. If you want to protect your child’s privacy from the data mining associated with the Common Core, vote for me.
If you would like to opt out of the Common Core standards, devised by special interests for special interests, vote for me. If you want to return the responsibility for educating our children to the local school board and parents vote for me. If you are interested in improving your child’s education, vote for me. It is time for a change on the Midland Park Board of Education.
Polls will be open on Wednesday, April 23 from 2 to 9pm. This is the first of four articles in our Meet The Candidates series. Candidate responses are posted in the order they are received.