BOE welcomes three new members

West Milford. Three new members took their seats on the Board of Education Tuesday night.

08 Jan 2020 | 01:31

The Board of Education held its annual reorganization meeting Tuesday, where three new members elected in November took their oaths of office, and officially took their seats on the board.

Jaycen Stillman, Michael Conklin, and Cortney Stephenson were sworn in by the school board attorney, and officially began their three-year terms.

Each took a moment to thank their families and supporters, and Stephenson also said that the election results demonstrated how every vote counts.

Stephenson won the third position by an extremely narrow 12-vote margin, with a final count of 1,657 votes over fellow candidate Robert Woodier Jr's 1,645 votes after mail-in and absentee ballots were counted.

Stephenson said that she hoped Woodier would run again next year, since she believes he would also be a great addition to the school board.

President and Vice President chosen

As part of the Reorganization process, the board also nominated and voted for fellow trustees to take over the positions of school board president and vice president for the year.

Trustees Lynda VanDyk and Teresa Dwyer were unanimously approved to continue in their positions as president and vice president for another year.

School Board Meetings

One important change for School Board meetings was noted and approved - the meetings will begin 30 minutes earlier this year, at 7 p.m.

APPROVED BOE MEETING DATES 2020:
● Jan. 7, 2020- Reorganization/Ethics/
Special Action
● Jan. 21, 2020- Workshop/Special Action
● Jan. 28, 2020- Budget/Regular
● Feb. 18, 2020- Workshop/Special Action
● Feb. 25, 2020- Budget/Regular
● March 10, 2020- Preliminary Budget Hearing
● March 24, 2020- Workshop/Regular
● April 21, 2020- Workshop/Special Action
● April 28, 2020- Regular/Public Budget Hearing
● May 26, 2020- Workshop/Regular
● June 9, 2020-
Staff & Student Recognitions/Special Action
● June 23, 2020- Workshop/Regular
● July 21, 2020- Workshop/Regular
● Aug. 25, 2020- Workshop/Regular
● Sept. 22, 2020- Workshop/Regular
● Oct. 27, 2020- Workshop/Regular
● Nov. 17, 2020- Workshop/Regular
● Dec. 15, 2020- Workshop/Regular