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February 24, 2012

Re: I.    School Board Election Date Changes
II.   Trip to Turkey


Dear Mayor:


As of noon, February 17, 468 school board elections have been moved to the November General Election date. (This year, that will be November 6.) That number includes those that were moved by resolution of the boards of education or the municipal governing bodies.

As indicated in our January 19 letter (, P.L. 2011, c. 202 established procedures for districts, municipalities, or voters to opt to move the annual school election to November. It also eliminated votes on school budgets for such districts, except for separate proposals to spend above cap.

According to the new law, four years must pass before election dates can be moved back to the Spring date.

The State Division of Local Government Services’ January 25 Local Finance Notice (LFN 2012-3, available at provides guidance on the new law


We are passing along the following information from Dr. Levent Koç, Executive Director of The Peace Islands Institute.

The Peace Islands Institute (formerly, the Interfaith Dialog Center) cordially invites you to join its traditional intercultural trip to Turkey between June 22nd and July 2nd or July 5th and July 15th, 2012. (The dates indicated are departure dates from the US and Turkey). You may choose one of the dates that fit better in your schedule.

They suggest that you should buy a direct flight, that is, either Delta or Turkish Airlines, so that you may arrive in Istanbul before noon next day and can easily start the program in the afternoon.

Those who have not attended this trip in the past are eligible for to participate this year.

Projected places of visit include Istanbul, Izmir, Konya, Antalya, and Cappadocia. PII and their Turkish co-sponsors will cover all lodging and food costs inside Turkey. They kindly ask any guests to purchase their own round trip flight tickets to/from Turkey and contribute $300 to domestic transportation, which includes 3 flights and several bus travels.

Please kindly R.S.V.P by email or phone to this non-transferable invitation as soon as possible to allow them to make necessary arrangements in Turkey.

Please direct any questions to Levent Koç, Ph.D., phone: 973-353-9333, fax: 973-353-9331

Very truly yours,


Hon. Art Ondish
Mayor, Mount Arlington and
NJLM President

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director




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