FLEMINGTON, NJ - Jeff Cain is the newest member of the Flemington-Raritan Board of Education.
He was appointed to fill a vacant position after former member Sandra Borucki resigned
Cain, who will represent Flemington Borough, was officially sworn into office at the Feb. 24 board meeting, after being interviewed in public and appointed by the board in a 5-0 vote with one abstention at the meeting earlier in the month. He also passed a background check and additional due diligence performed by the board.
He will serve on the transportation, facilities and curriculum committees.
“Thanks everyone for the support,” Cain said at the Feb. 24 meeting. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity.”
Cain is employed by the federal government, where he is responsible for product development for an online assessment that is used for the evaluation of applications for job openings. He leads projects for hiring efforts with nationwide impact.
Locally, Cain also volunteers as a member of the board of directors of the Flemington-Raritan Community Pool.
He has served on the superintendent’s advisory committee on equity, and previously served on the district’s strategic planning committee. He is married and has a third grade daughter at Francis A. Desmares Elementary School.
Cain has a bachelors degree in politics and French, and a masters degree in public policy.
Cain was the only resident to apply for the seat vacated by Borucki in January, according to board president Tim Bart. The term of the appointment will expire Dec. 31, 2020.
Borucki, a retired district administrative assistant of 23 years, had represented the borough for the past six years.
“We really look forward to getting to know you, and working to serve the district with you,” vice president Jessica Abbott said to Cain at the Feb. 24 meeting. “I know that you’ve been involved in a variety of committees already, so this will be an exciting new adventure.”
During the public interview at the Feb. 11 meeting, Cain was asked why he wanted to be a board member, and if he envisions himself running again after his term expires in about 10 months.
“I am very committed to public education,” Cain said. “It think that it is something that is very important to the long term success of our country and society. I had a very strong public education growing up, all the way from kindergarten through high school, and I want the same for my daughter, as I do for all the children in the Flemington-Raritan School District. I think it’s really important that we collectively provide that to our children, both in Flemington and elsewhere.”
He added that he has been interested in serving on the board for a number of years, and that he would consider running for re-election.