BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan school district was already in the market for a new superintendent of schools – now it needs to appoint a new member for the school board to bring it back up to its full complement of nine members.
It was announced at the June 9 meeting that member Melanie Thiesse has decided to resign from the board, effective June 10. The board accepted her resignation unanimously.
“For personal reasons, it is not feasible she remain (on the board),” announced school board president Jackie Barlow, who did not provide any details about Thiesse’s decision.

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She added that she appreciated Thiesse’s work on the board.
“I thank her for her service, and will miss her,” said Barlow.

The other seven board members all voted in the affirmative regarding Thiesse’s resignation, and all expressed their regrets in losing her from the board.
Thiesse was first elected to the board in the 2015 elections, and was re-elected three years later. An educator by trade who holds a master’s degree in education, she also chaired the board’s personnel committee.

Barlow said the board vacancy will be posted on the district website, with potential applicants asked to submit a resume and cover letter by 4 p.m. June 21. The advertisement is already up at, under the "Board of Education" tab.
Applicants must be an American citizen, at least 18 years old and a registered voter in the district. They must also have lived in Bridgewater for at least one full year prior to appointment.

Whoever is chosen by the board to succeed Thiesse will serve in an expired term until December 2020.
“It’s a really short-time process,” said Barlow.
Thiesse’s successor will then have to run for the position in the general election this November, if he or she wants to try and retain a seat on the board. The deadline to file a nominating petition with the county clerk for the general election is July 27.
Board member Lynne Hurley said she believes there will be three open positions on the board come the November general election. There will be three full seats up for election, plus a partial term for Thiesse’s replacement, as the terms for Raritan representative Ann Marie Mead, Zachary Malek and Barry Walker all expire later this year.
The potential starting date for interviews for Thiesse’s unexpired term may be pushed back to June 24, due to the Bridgewater-Raritan High School graduation planned for the night before.
Business administrator Peter Starrs said he will provide links to the position notice and the candidate kit on the district website.

Click here to apply for the vacant spot.