BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Rhonda Dunten announced her resignation Monday night, Dec. 18, from the Bernards Township Board of Education. She said she was moving out of the district.

Dr. Dunten began serving two years ago when she was chosen to serve out the final 11 months remaining on the Board of Education term that was vacated by Elaine Kusel.

Before that, she said she had been helping for more than 12 years in volunteer roles, including on the William Annin Middle School PTO and the Ridge Parent Advisory Committee, while her two sons were being educated here, she said. 

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Dr. Dunten served on the board’s policy and curriculum committees, the Technology Steering Committee, and as an alternate on the personnel committee. 

 “I am proud of the job our district does in preparing children with diverse interest and talents for bright futures, including my sons, who are now studying biophysics and electrical engineering at Johns Hopkins University and neuroscience at Harvard Medical School,” she said.

The school board will now embark on a process of advertising the vacancy and seeking resumes from applicants. The board will select someone who will serve until November, when the seat will be up for election for the remaining one year on the term.

Dr. Dunten encouraged people to apply to serve. 

“I have no doubt you will find that, although the commitment of serving on the board is large, the rewards are larger,” she said. She particularly encouraged her replacement go on the N.J. School Boards Association trip to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

“I do hope the next volunteer will take every opportunity to learn and become better able to advocate for our students.”