Edison, NJ — On January 6th Edison's Board of Education met for their first meeting of the year.
The meeting began with the Oath of Allegiance to the three winners of the November 5th Board of Education Election. All three new Board members, Xiaohan "Shannon" Peng, Carol Bodofsky, and Shivi Prasad-Madhukar, were in attendance and were sworn in. Xiaohan "Shannon" Peng was a current incumbent, while both Richard Brescher and Theresa Ward did not seek re-election.
The Board of Education elected Ralph Errico as President and Falguni Patel as Vice President of the Board.
The Board also proposed to introduce a new referendum in March to expand Edison's school systems to alleviate overcrowding. This would be the second referendum the board has proposed within a year, the last being on December 5th.
TAPinto reached out to all three newly elected Board members for a comment.
Shivi Prasad-Madhukar told TAPinto:
“I want to take this opportunity to thank all the people who came out and voted for me. As I said throughout these past few months, I wanted to run for the board of education because I am passionate about education. I am here today because the people of Edison had faith in me. I hope to rise up to those expectations and continue to make you proud.”
Carol Bodofsky told TAPinto:
“I am very excited to have been elected to the Edison Board of Education. Education and Edison have both been very important to me for many years. I look forward to taking a more active role in both! “
Xiaohan "Shannon" Peng told TAPinto:
“Thank you, Edison voters for giving me the honor to serve you for another 3 years. As a software engineer for 20 years and a mother of two, politics or fame does not interest me, my priority has always been our students, educators and taxpayers."
According to the Board of Education's website, the next caucus meeting will be held on January 21st 2020 at the Education Center and the next action meeting on January 27th 2020 at John P. Stevens High School.
The video for the January 6th Reorganization Meeting can be found at the Edison Board of Education's YouTube channel.