Joseph Ruccolo, Candidate for Moorestown BOE

Ruccolo served in the U.S. Army and is making his first run at elected office this fall.

General Information

Name : Joseph Dominick Ruccolo
Also known as : Joe
Date of birth : 19 May 1969
Place of residence : Moorestown



Attended college : Yes
College : Penn State
Degree : BS Mechanical Engineering
Year of graduation : 1992

Grad school

University : Johns Hopkins / Rutgers
Degree : MS Environmental Engineering / MBA
Year of graduation : 1996 / 2004

Military service

Has served in the military: Yes
Rank : 1LT Promotable
Date when discharged from duty : 3 October 1996

Employment Information

Job titles held : Sales, Systems Engineer
Employers : U.S. Army, Lockheed Martin, Sanofi Aventis, ERBE Surgical Systems

Political Information

Party affiliation : Republican
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: Board of Education
Chamber/district: Moorestown
Incumbent: No
Previous elective offices : NA
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA

Editor's note: The above information comes directly from the candidate.

Gian D'Orazio September 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Military discipline on the school board could be a great addition...... I'd love to know more about this guy and his ideas
This Is Our Town September 13, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Does he have a website or somewhere else that we can learn more about where he stands on the issues? I like his credentials, but I want to know about where he stands on the budget, spending, etc.
Susan September 13, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Joe - thanks for stepping up to watch out for "our" kids!
John K September 13, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I can't believe it. "Military discipline" is considered by itself to be a great qualification for Mr. Ruccolo to be on our school board, whereas the other candidate profiled today (Dr. Sawin)--whose educational credentials are most impressive--is being ruled out by several of today's posters because she lists her political affiliation as Democrat whereas Mr. Ruccolo is listed as Republican. Citizens need to be reminded that, despite the fact that the BOE election is in November, the Board is a NON-partisan body. To inject party politics into this contest, as opposed to seeking out the individuals best suited to lead our schools, will ultimately have a detrimental effect on the high quality of our public educational program in Moorestown (something we have always taken pride in and been recognized for throughout the state).
American Woman September 13, 2012 at 03:42 PM
So you are saying military credentials disqualify this man? I agree with the people above, we could use someone with a little discipline on the school budgeting in this town, it's been raising our taxes!
Pete September 13, 2012 at 03:46 PM
No statement from him, but as an engineer, he should bring a much different and more logical view to the BOE.
Red Alert September 13, 2012 at 03:47 PM
I like the idea of a military guy with an engineering background on the board, but I would like to know more about where he stands on the issues of education policy, budgets, and fiscal issues.
MHS alumnus September 13, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Hey, I agree with our town, Reds, and Pete! Hey since he's a republican, maybe the republican party club could host a forum for the at least three that state their republican. Maybe we could get that info where they stand at such an event? Any ideas? Hey Joe thanks for your service!
Bobby29 September 13, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Would also like to know more about his plan or platform. Brandon is still the only one to put one out there (that I've seen so far).
Info box September 14, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Ok found it. Www.dimitrischneiberg.com check it out!
Tax Playa September 16, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Would you support pension reform to replace the current defined benefit plan with a defined contribution plan? http://www.njtanews.blogspot.com/2012/09/sign-pledge-for-fairer-pension-system.html
Joe Ruccolo October 03, 2012 at 02:40 AM
The comments on the Patch were brought to my attention by a friend. Just wanted to provide more on what I would wish to accomplish if chosen for the BOE... I believe we live in the best community in New Jersey, and I would like to offer my skills and experience to continue to improve our children's educational experience. My goal would be first and foremost, continuing to operate within the current budget, no increases, to ensure our taxes are not increased. With all budgets, there are inefficiencies that need to be identified and addressed. Simply by creating a more efficient organization, we can reduce costs, allowing the system to provide more with less resources. This change will need leadership from teachers, principals, the superintendent and the BOE alike. Some of my greatest skills include leadership, communication and collaboration, which I will use to drive change throughout the system to provide more efficiency within the district. I will also support the district to find ways to reduce costs further without reducing programs or degrading the educational experience. This will not be easy, but building a culture that strives to function at a higher level with less resources will ultimately create a better product, the best educational experience for our children. If you believe I can make a difference, please support me in November. Joe Ruccolo


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