BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ - Five school board members are scheduled to be sworn in at Monday night's annual reorganization meeting of the Bernards Township Board of Education, including four incumbent members returning for additional terms, and a new member who has had another view of how the school system operates - John Fry, who was a physics teacher at Ridge High School until retiring this past June.
Monday night's reorganization meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Ridge High School, 268 S. Finley Ave. in Basking Ridge, rather than the usual board meeting location at the middle school.
Following a statement of election results from last November - when Fry was elected as top votegetter, along with four incumbents - the new and returning board members are scheduled to be sworn in with the oath of office.
According to the posted meeting agenda, the entire board will select a new board president and vice president for 2015, before school board members are scheduled to retire into closed session between 7:15 p.m. until 8 p.m., when the public meeting is set to resume in the high school PAC.
Fry and two incumbent board members, Priti Shah and Linda Wooldridge, are due to be sworn into full, three-year terms on the board.
Two other school board members, Karen Gray and Karen Richman, were appointed to fill vacancies created by resignations last year, and were elected to fill out the final years of those unexpired terms. Gray was elected to a two-year unexpired term, and Richman to complete a one-year term.
Fry, who retired at the end of the 2013-14 school year, had been a physics teacher at Ridge since 2003. According to his resume posted on the Bernards Township Board of Education website, he also had been chosen as Ridge High School "Teacher of the Year" in 2009, and was named as "senior class favorite teacher" in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
He also had been Ridge freshman football coach between 2004-2010, and had been part of the mentor program for disadvantaged students for several years. Previous to starting his teaching career, Fry was vice-president and chief operating officer at Red Devil Inc., in Union N.J. between 1980 to 2000, according to his resume.