GLEN ROCK, NJ – After serving for six years on the Glen Rock Board of Education, Trustee Elizabeth Carr said she will not run for re-election come November.
“It’s time,” said Carr outside a conference room near the superintendent’s office on Tuesday, July 31 before the public portion of a board meeting. “I’ve done my six years. I want to go back on the other side.”
Carr’s interest on the Board of Education was sparked when she said her daughter was in kindergarten and class sizes were on the rise, a concern then for many parents.
“It was the first time I went to a board meeting. I kind of liked it,” she recalled nostalgically as she cracked a smile. "I just found it so fascinating knowing what was going on. So for six years I went to every meeting.”
Carr, a school nurse in the district, ran a successful bid for trustee in 2012 and has served ever since. Arguably the most vocal member on the nine-person board, she sought to set the record straight, whether it was concerning line items in the district budget, obtaining an accurate reading of classroom temperatures to dispel rumored misinformation or taking initiative by encouraging the board, for one, to look into surveillance cameras for the football field after chairs were left toppled over following the Glen Rock High School commencement ceremony in June.
Aside from her board duties, it was working with people who shared the same vision for education that she was most proud of.
“My proudest accomplishment was that I was part of a group of dedicated people whose intentions have always been in the best interest of the students in Glen Rock,” she said.
Board President Bryon Torsiello and Vice President Sharon Scarpelli will be running to retain their three-year seats for second terms. Gregory S. Franz, Robert Scherer and Alisa Svider will also be vying for the three vacancies, Interim Superintendent Bruce Watson said.
While there will be a new face in her place at the dais come January, Carr will watch all the action from the audience.
“I’m excited to go back on the other side and support the students and staff that way instead of this way,” she said.