BERNARDS TOWNSHIP, NJ -- Karen Gray was chosen Monday night as president of the Bernards Township Board of Education.

Gray will swap jobs with Robin McKeon, who was chosen as the board’s vice-president.
Both posts were filled without contest.

Gray, a member for six years, also was sworn to a new three-year term, as were Suzanne Schafer Skalski and Lauren Beckman. The three won three-year terms in a five-person field in the Nov. 5 election.

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Skalski begins her second full year on the board. Beckman, a 20-year corporate engineer who has substituted in district schools, was welcomed to the board for the first time.
Michael Byrne, who served for 30 years on the school board, declined to seek another term.

The board will continue to meet at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays in January through April and a more varied Monday schedule for the remainder of the year. Only one meeting is scheduled for the months of July, August and December. Meetings are held in the Ridge High School Performing Arts Center or the William Annin Middle School auditorium.

No committee assignments were made at Monday’s meeting.

Beckman spent 20 years working in Silicon Valley in California, mostly at high-tech companies as a manufacturing engineer, a management consultant and a program/project manager.

She described herself in the campaign as “an excellent project manager, both in my career and my personal life. I have always been the go-to person and the problem solver.”

Skalski has lived in the township for six years with her husband and two high school-aged children. She was appointed to fill a vacancy in 2018 and won the remaining year of the term in last November’s election

She works for Rutgers University as an undergraduate regional admissions recruiter.

Gray was the chairwoman of the curriculum committee in 2019. She has served on all the board committees and on the board team that negotiated teacher and administrative contracts.