President Byron Bustos, raised and educated in the City of Passaic, attended Schools 7, 11, Lincoln Middle School and is a 1995 graduate of Passaic High. Bustos was an active student, continues to be a community activist, and will now display his leadership as a commissioner. After Passaic High, his educational path took him to Rowan University where he earned his B.A. degree in political science and a secondary education teacher certification in social studies. In 2001, this industrious student obtained his Master's Degree in public administration from Seton Hall University.
Bustos will chair the Finance and Negotiations Committees for 2012-13 and serve on the Athletics, District Operations, and Curriculum and Education Committees.
With a strong work ethic at hand, Board Member Bustos would like to see the issues of accountability, facilities, and security addressed for our students. Accountability should "ensure that all factors are aligned to create a balanced educational environment, celebrate achievement and address poor performance," noted this Board Commissioner. "Facilities need to be updated and maintained to provide a clean and welcoming environment for children and staff while security should foster a sense of comfort for teachers, parents, and students."
Bustos recognizes the current state controversy on the Abbott Program. He feels that "the program has provided the necessary resources to our children, yet hopes that the new formula will continue to serve our children in the same capacity." As the state implements more and more preschool, Bustos praises Passaic's "great preschool education program." His program ideas for the district include involving all students in city oriented service projects and exposing elementary students to a wider realm of music, arts, and languages.
Currently, Byron Bustos works for the Office of the Inspector General, United States Postal Service, as an auditor. He conducts reviews/audits on all facets of the U.S. Postal Service to prevent fraud, waste and abuse. Within the city, he prides himself in his service to various organizations: Nazarene Church Youth Group, Passaic Police Athletic League, Hispanic-American Chambers of Commerce, New Jersey Young Professionals, and Lambda Theta Phi, Latin Fraternity Inc.