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Wayne BOE candidates disavow politics in schools

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WAYNE — The most competitive school board race in five years has been muddied by partisan politics, yet each contender acknowledges that it is important to stay neutral in the elected position.

The diverse field includes a veteran police officer, a science teacher and a Paralympic athlete. Eight candidates in all are squaring off in the Nov. 2 race for three seats.

Trustee Matthew Giordano, a father of two running for a second three-year term, said the level of emotion in the race is both “harsh reality” and a “sign of the times.”

“I see so much anger,” said Giordano, who teaches astronomy, oceanography and other subjects at Bloomfield High School. “People are concerned about their futures — about their children’s futures.”

Giordano is among three incumbents in the race. Trustee Eileen Albanese is seeking her fourth term, and trustee Stacey Scher her second; she was first elected to fill an unexpired term in November 2016.

Clockwise, from top left, candidates for Wayne Board of Education: Trustee Eileen Albanese, Michael Fattal, trustee Matthew Giordano, Harry Prassakos, trustee Stacey Scher, Cynthia Simon, Chung Wallace and Iveta Wentink.

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