Education

Berkeley Heights School Board President Helen Kirsch Honored By Mayor, Council

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Board of Education President Helen Kirsch was honored by the Township Council with a Proclamation for her 'strong commitment to the children of Berkeley Heights.'   Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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B From left, in the back row, are Sara Kirsch, Stephen, and Mayor Robert Woodruff; in the front row are her grandchildren, Max, 5, and Julia, 7, and BOE President Helen Kirsch. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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Pictured with Helen Kirsch are Board Member Denis Smalley, Superintendent Judy Rattner, Board Members Christine Reilly and Doug Reinstein. Credits: Barbara Rybolt
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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Helen Kirsch was honored with a proclamation from the Township of Berkeley Heights on Tuesday, Nov. 24, for her dedication to to the Board of Education.

Mayor Robert Woodruff called Kirsch to the front of the room and read the official proclamation which honors the woman who was named New Jersey's 2015 School Board Member of the Year by the New Jersey School Board Association.

Kirsch, a lifelong resident of the township, was elected to the Board of Education in 1983 and has served on the board since that time, 32 years. She served as its president from 1989 to January 2007 and was chosen again as president in January 2013. She continues to serve in that capacity.

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Kirsch smiled throughout the reading, thanked everyone for their support and said, "I love Berkeley Heights."   She received a standing ovation from officials and members of the audience.

Watching from the audience were her son, Stephen, his wife, Sara, and two grandchildren, Max, 5, and Julia, 7, as well as members of the Board of Education and Superintendent Judith Ratner. After the presentation, her family joined her for a photo with the plaque and the mayor, then members of the Board of Education posed with her.

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