BLOOMFIELD, NJ – Four new members of the Bloomfield Board of Education took the oath of office at the first re-organization meeting of the new year on Wednesday evening at the School Administration Building.

Bloomfield Schools Superintendent Salvatore Goncalves welcomed Michael Heller, Ralph Walker, Shane Berger and Ben Morse, who emerged victorious in the November board election.

Heller, Walker and Berger will be serving three-year terms, while Morse is slated for a one-year term.

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Board of Education President Jill Fischman and Vice President Ellen Rogers were re-elected to their posts for the 2019 term.  Both received eight ‘yes’ votes, while Heller abstained on both nominations.

“We welcome our new board members, and we welcome our new president and vice president and we are very excited about the second half of the school year,” said Goncalves.  “We had a very successful first half and we look forward to a very successful second half.”

During his Superintendent’s Report, Goncalves provided an update regarding standardized testing.

“There have been some conversations regarding standardized testing in the news lately with a supreme court ruling that has coming down regarding high school graduation requirements,” said Goncalves .  “At this point what  I can tell you  is that the commissioner has provided guidance in such that we should maintain our current course in terms of our assessment.  As more information comes to us, we will continue to share that with you as quickly as we get it.”

Fischman took the opportunity to address the four new board members, as well as express her gratitude for re-election during her President’s report.

“We welcome back all our teachers, staff and students as we ease back into the school year,” Fischman said.  “Congrats to our four new board members.  In terms of being the president, I just want to say thank you to those that supported me, it’s a humbling experience and an honor to serve the Bloomfield community in this capacity so I appreciate you having the faith to put me back in this spot.”

In an unanimously passed resolution, TAPinto Bloomfield was named the Electronic News Source of the Bloomfield Board of Education.  This is consistent with the Nutley Board of Education, as TAPinto has become the place to go for original news and information in the township.

TAPinto Bloomfield is just one in a network of more than 80 hyperlocal online new sites providing objective daily news for their community.  TAPinto sites have broken all records this year with millions of readers.  

"We are thrilled to be able to fill the void in local news coverage and provide this service to the community.  We are grateful for the support of the residents, the township and the advertisers that help make this resource available to Bloomfield," said John Lee, Editorial Director of TAPinto Bloomfield.  "Our team of locally-based reporters will continue to break local news first, as well as the news that matters most to the residents and business owners in the community."

By law, municipalities in the Garden State must name two print publications as their official news source.  Governor Christie tried to repeal that law as it costs taxpayers millions of dollars every year to subsidize print news.  TAPinto Bloomfield will not be receiving any funds from the Township of Bloomfield or Board of Education in 2019.

There were no public comments at the meeting.


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