GLEN ROCK, NJ – The Board of Education welcomed two returning trustees and one new face to the dais at their annual reorganization meeting on Jan. 8 as they prepare to promote a $14M public referendum in March and the search for a new superintendent.
Board Secretary Michael Rinderknecht swore in Bryon Torsiello, Sharon Scarpelli, and Robert Scherer for three-year terms.
Sharon Scarpelli was elected board president and Sanjiv Ori was elected the vice president.
According to the official election results, Scarpelli led with the highest number of votes with 2,430. Scherer followed with 2,033 votes, while Bryon Torsiello received 1,794 votes. Borough residents Alisa Svider and Gregory Franz were defeated in the Nov. 6 election with 1,585 and 1,315 votes, respectively.
Elizabeth Carr, who had finished her second term on the board on Dec. 31, did not seek re-election.
Scarpelli, a mother of four and a Certified Public Accountant by trade, has served as liaison to the board’s business administrator during the last six years.
"As a returning board member, I am humbled by the overwhelming support I received from the community," Scarpelli said in an email statement last week. "My goal over the next three years is to continue to earn the trust and respect of not only the residents of Glen Rock, but also the administration and staff at our schools. There are two big items we are focusing on as a board - one is hiring a superintendent that best fits our community and the other is promoting a referendum that will further enhance our schools for all children."
Bruce Watson will finish his second year as the district’s interim superintendent at year’s end.
Torsiello, a father of who builds and maintains educational technologies within Bergen County Technical Schools and Bergen County Special Services School Districts, cited board goals such as health, wellness and safety as high on his list of items to achieve in the new year in his election statement.
Newcomer Scherer, a father of four (two of whom are in the district) and attorney, said the negotiation of a new contract with the teachers’ union and the multi-million March referendum were items he is looking forward to tackling this year.
The Board of Education approved a $14 million referendum question for March 12 in September, addressing air conditioning, field and media center improvements, and a renovation of the auditorium.
The 20-year bond is slated to carry a tax impact of $185.72 annually on the average home assessed at $563,170.