FLORHAM PARK, NJ- Florham Park’s latest Board of Education meeting was the last for three of its members. Marianne Haynes, Kevin DeCoursey and John Carollo will all be leaving the Florham Park Board of Education after many years and several terms spent presiding over the school district. The reorganization in January will see the newly voted in board members take their place, but the December meeting was a time to thank and bid farewell to these pillars of the scholastic community.
“I have worked with several different boards in the state of New Jersey,” Superintendent Melissa Varley said. “I can tell you that these three board members are dedicated and have given a great amount of time and energy to the Florham Park School District. This is certainly a sad moment for us all.”
Dr. Carollo served as the board’s president this last term and was Florham Park’s delegate to the New Jersey and Morris County School Boards Associations as well as the liaison to Florham Park Education Association. He has been with the district for the last 14 years and was called upon by Varley many times in her early days as Superintendent for his sound advice.
“I wanted to thank my family, my wife and children, for their sacrifices. It is a big time commitment as anyone on the board knows and there were times we would be here until two in the morning trying to get things done,” Carollo went on to say. “I also wanted to thank the residents of Florham Park for electing me to serve. It is an honor.”
Haynes has sat on the board for nine years and was a relentless advocate for the special education students. A former educator, Haynes brought years of experience to the board and acted as the curriculum and transportation chair as well as the Hanover Park Board of Education liaison this past term. Even Hanover Park Regional Superintendent, Carol Grossi, took the time at the end of the Hanover Park Board of Education meeting to thank Haynes for her service and her work as liaison.
“It’s been a wonderful pleasure for me to be a part of this board,” Haynes said. “I am very interested in special education and I think that we are on the right track here.”
Last but not least, DeCoursey has served the board for 18 years. He even spent a large part of this time as board president and in addition to Carollo, was singled out by Varley as an instrumental help in her start as superintendent. To illustrate his time spent with the school system, DeCoursey humorously pointed out that there were only two people at his last meeting that were also there at his first and that was his wife and son.
“It’s been a long time, but I’ve had a great time,” Decoursey said. “I have to thank my wife for all the support over the years. Sometimes this is a difficult position to be in, but she has always been there for me as have my fellow board members. Good luck to this new board. I wish you the very best of luck.”
These three individuals received abundant applause by those gathered at the Board of Education meeting and were awarded with plaques in honor of their years of service.
“The culmination every year when we sit at graduation and watch those eighth graders graduate, no matter the tough times, that night brings it all to fruition and makes it worthwhile,” Carollo concluded. “It makes it all worth it.”