RARITAN TWP. – Hunterdon County Clerk Mary Melfi has approved a “notice of intent” to seek the recall of Anna Fallon from the Flemington-Raritan Board of Education.

Fallon, who serves as the board’s president, has been the frequent target of criticism, especially for her role in managing Dr. Maryrose Caulfield, the embattled district superintendent who was removed from her post yesterday.

The notice was filed by township residents Rachael Ladd, Marianne Gallo and Mitchelle Drulis, Melfi said.

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In an email, Fallon said she regrets the feelings of her critics, but "please be assured of my commitment to the children of our district and know that my efforts are focused on making decisions with their best interests in mind."  

The action triggers a timeline of events. The law governing recalls requires the publication of a public notice and the recall petition itself will require Melfi’s approval.

If approved, those seeking the recall will need to collect 4,341 “qualified signatures.”

Fallon represents the township in the regional K-8 school district, so the petition’s signatures will need to be those of registered township voters. If enough signatures are collected and certified, a question regarding her removal will be placed on the Nov. 7 ballot.

Under the rules, the recall petition and its signatures will have to be delivered to Melfi’s office by Aug. 29.

If the recall effort proceeds, the petitioners can place an additional question on the ballot asking voters to approve Fallon’s replacement on the board. The rules would also allow Fallon to have her own name on the ballot, Melfi said.