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Spindel, Banta and Klein Top Vote-Getters in Fair Lawn School Board Race

If the current numbers stand, two newcomers will join the Fair Lawn Board of Education next year.

One incumbent and two challengers received the most votes in a tight Fair Lawn Board of Education race with absentee ballots left to be counted, the municipal clerk's office confirmed late Tuesday night.

Twenty-year board veteran Eugene Banta (3,277 votes) and newcomers Jeff Klein (2,987 votes) and Mark Spindel (2,689 votes) have received the most votes, but incumbent Ron Barbarulo (2,602 votes) is just 87 votes off the pace, making the race too close to call.

In 2008, 973 absentee ballots and 83 provisional ballots were cast in Fair Lawn, but because of Superstorm Sandy, that number could be higher this time around.

Challenger Vladimir Itkin (2,224 votes) and incumbent Josh Gillenson (1,712 votes) finished fifth and sixth, respectively. 

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Michael Rosenberg November 07, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Stuart, Lenny and Mitt Rumney come and join us. Our meetings are open to the public. Gene has given 20 years of his life going to an average of at least one meeting sometimes more per week. Why has he done this, to be a politician? NO! As a stepping stone to higher office, NO!!! For a high salary and all of the benefits? NO! (there are no salary or benefits). You live in NJ. You live right outside NYC. We are in the middle when it comes to taxes and we pay the same taxes. Why does he do it and EVERY board member do it? Because we want the kids of Fair Lawn to have the most opportunities and get the best education. Congratulations to the two new board members. Most everything I heard them talk about has been talked about in my five years on the board. We would love to do it all but are limited by the cost and the legal realities of labor in NJ, fixed costs to run the schools, state and federal mandates, most unfunded, and space availability in our schools. Fair Lawn has changed and not only is their many more Special Ed students in Fair Lawn but also many different languages spoken in Fair Lawn. We educate every student and are proud of it. When compared to districts similar to ours,we beat them most of the time. Proof can be seen in our test scores and other measures. People have a lot to say but won't even post in their real names.This is my opinion and not the opinion of the Fair Lawn BOE. I'm Michael Rosenberg and I use my real name and I am responsible for this message.
Stuart Pace November 08, 2012 at 12:28 AM
you are all missing my point. It's not about Gene. I said I think he has done a great job. But 20 years for one person, I don't care who, to be making these decisions without a break is too long. In no way am I suggesting anything otherwise. I understand the emotions from Mike and Cindy. I do. But when I saw the top of the article 20 year board veteran................
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