Karen Scott Named New President of Sparta Board of Education

Dr Melissa Varley, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Vice President Kelly McEvoy, President Karen Scott, Business Administrator Linda Alvarez, Superintendent Dennis Tobin. Credits: Jennifer Dericks
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
Credits: Jennifer Dericks
Credits: Jennifer Dericks

SPARTA, NJ- The three new board members were sworn in at the Sparta Board of Education meeting on Monday night.  Brenda Beebe, Kelly McEvoy and James Todd Muth won their seats in the November elections. 

The next order of business was to select the new board leadership. There were two nominations for president. Richard Bladek was nominated by Kim Yeomans and seconded by Brenda Beebe. Next, Jack Surdoval nominated Karen Scott, seconded by Jon Scott Turner. In the subsequent voting, Beebe, Bladek and Yeomans were the only "yes" votes for Bladek. The other six votes were for Scott, making her the board president. 

With the recent elections Scott now has the most experience as a board member. She previously served a three-year term and is now in the second year of her second term. After taking her new seat behind the gavel, Scott took a moment to thank the other board members for their confidence and support and said she "looked forward to doing the best job for the children."  Further she explained, "I will work with the superintendent to set the agenda and run the meetings. It is not my place to manage or run the district."

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Next, Scott took nominations for vice-president. McEvoy received the only nomination. The vote followed the same split with Beebe, Bladek and Yeomans voting no for McEvoy. Board members Favichia, McEvoy, Muth, Scott, Surdoval and Turner voted yes, making McEvoy vice-president at her first meeting. 

The board member then took turns reading individual sections of the Code of Ethics. 

After some discussion, the meeting time will remain at 7:30 p.m. The board then approved the proposed meeting calendar.  Some potential for changes to this schedule may include the budget approval and public hearing meetings.  This will depend on the budget timetable yet to be determined by the governor.

The committee structure will remain with Curriculum, Personnel, Operations, Finance and special ad hoc committees of Township Liaison, Negotiations and Board/Legislators.  Scott will review input from board members and make the committee assignments within the next two days. 

The board unanimously approved reappointment of Lind Alvarez as Board Secretary, Assistant Business Administrator to act as Business Administrator/Board Secretary when appropriate, the board President as Board Secretary when appropriate and Treasurer of School Monies. 

The next board meeting will be a work session scheduled for Jan. 21. 


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