CLARK, NJ – The Clark Board of Education honored former board president Carmen Brocato and former board member Sheri Sandler at Tuesday’s meeting in the Council Chambers.

Board member Carmen Brocato was recognized for serving as the board president for the last two years. 

“He did a great job directing our board and I have to say, being new in my role, Carmen was invaluable to me,” Superintendent Ed Grande said.  “He was always a phone call away and I appreciate all the support.”

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Board member Laura Caliguire also expressed her gratitude. 

“Carmen thank you for being our president for two years," she said. "You were the best!”

Sandler was honored for her distinguished service to the board during her 12 year tenure on the board.   Grande introduced Sandler, saying that over her 4 terms Sandler enhanced both the curriculum and the technology for the students of Clark. 

“We are in much better shape today because of her guidance and leadership,” Grande said.

After Board President Jill Curran presented her with a resolution, Sandler expressed her gratitude to the board and superintendent for the recognition and reflected on her time as a board member.

“Tom [Lewis], when you and I started, someone said to us that there was nothing more important than a number two pencil," Sandler said. "It was the only tool that students needed to succeed in our schools.  But I think as a team we surpassed that goal with all the innovative programs and technologies that now currently exist in the district.”   

“We are fortunate to have very bright students and very talented teachers and administrators in our district,” added Sandler.  “I want to wish you the best of luck and thank you for this honor.”

Several members of the board took the time to also express their gratitude to Sandler.

“The most important thing…that Sheri gave to the Township of Clark and the Board of Education, aside from the fact of her intelligence and understanding of what education is, you made us better Sheri," board member Thomas Lewis said. "You made the Board of Education better with the things you brought to the table on a regular basis. You worked so hard to make us the best we can be.”

Garwood Board Representative Christine Guerriero said that she enjoyed her time with Sandler “both as an educator…and also as a Board of Education member.”

“You were just a tremendous asset to the board especially from a curriculum and education perspective,” board member Robert Smorol said.  

Brocato added to the other accolades saying, “I don’t think we’d be where we are technology wise if you weren’t here.  I think we’d still be back by the number two pencil.”

“Educator to educator, thank you for all that you have contributed,” said board member Lorraine j. Aklonis.

Curran expressed her thanks to both honorees. 

“I know I speak for the full board when we say we appreciate everything you do and you did for us,” she said.

During his report of the superintendent, Grande announced teacher Ellen Tamburino’s retirement after 21 years of service effective at the end of this school year.  He also introduced Carl H. Kumpf’s new science teacher, Alexandra Nardoza, who was in attendance.

Nardoza thanked Grande and the board for the opportunity saying, “I look forward to meeting all the students and the staff and parents and starting my teaching career in the Clark School District.”

The Board also accepted a donation of $500 from ExxonMobile to be used for the Arthur L. Johnson’s science and mathematics programs.  The donation is the second received from the corporation as part of Exxon Mobile’s Educational Alliance Program

“This donation will help us enhance our already strong STEAM programs,” Grande said.

Upcoming Events:

January 28 – Arthur L. Johnson’s Booster Club Super Saturday

January 31 – Valley Road Elementary School’s second annual International Day at 6:30 p.m.

February 13 – Clark Preschool Annex Open House from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

February 17 – Schools closed for students; professional development day for staff

February 20 – Schools closed in observance of Presidents’ Day

February 23 – Kindergarten registration for Frank K. Hehnly School

February 28 – Kindergarten registration for Valley Road School

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