“Together We Can” Bayonne BOE Slate Hosts Facebook Live Event

“Together We Can” BOE Candidates Host Facebook Live with Bayonne PTA Leaders

Maria Valado (7i), David Watson (8i) and Christopher Munoz (9i) answered questions from PTA, PTO Leaders in a live Q&A

On Thursday, October 9, Bayonne Board of Education Candidates Maria Valado (7i), David “Doc” Watson (8i) and Christopher Munoz (9i) hosted a Facebook Live to answer questions from Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Presidents Christine Katulka Sorrentino (Henry Harris Elementary), Jodie Markie (Lincoln Community School) and Noel DePeppe-Moreira (Woodrow Wilson.)

The “Together We Can” slate has the support of Mayor Jimmy Davis and the entire Bayonne City Council.

Starting at 7:30 p.m., representatives from Uptown, Midtown and Downtown Bayonne had the opportunity to ask the three candidates questions about their plans for the Board of Education in regards to special education, teacher contracts, overcrowding, state funding and district-wide diversity for parents.

There was also discussion about bringing more music education into the middle schools, in which Watson promised to do, citing his background in music education.

“I volunteer a lot of my time in Bayonne musically,” said Watson during the Facebook Live. “But I want you to know because of my experience, and because of my age, I’ve been here long enough to see what music can do for children and I will be an advocate until death.”

At 4:00 p.m. on October 9, the recorded live video had over 1,100 views on Facebook.

“Education, schools, they’re about kids! That’s what we’re here for,” said Valado as the program was wrapping up. “Together we can, that’s why our name is that, because together it is a village. We can make a great district, but we need your help.”

The Facebook Live event was well received by those who attended and watched, as the candidates listened to and addressed concerns from parents who were looking to learn more about the potential leaders of the Bayonne school district.

“Doc, Maria and myself have the first prerequisite to serve on this board: all three of us care,” said Munoz. “We care about the school district, we want to make it better. We’re all parents or former parents or former educators that have an attachment to this district, former students, and we really care about what we do.”

The Bayonne Board of Education election will be held on Tuesday, November 3 and will be contest primarily via vote-by-mail ballots.