FLEMINGTON, NJ - Just more than an hour after she took the oath of office for her new term, board of education member Sandra Borucki resigned Monday from the Flemington-Raritan Regional Board of Education.
In a letter Borucki read to her colleagues, she expressed concerns about the board’s dysfunction being a “detriment.”
“Board members must be able to put aside personal conflicts with one another in order to work collectively for the benefit of the students and staff of this district,” she said.
Borucki, who won another term to the school board in November, said she will remain on the board until her replacement is chosen. The resignation was read just before the board entered executive session.
It was the board's annual reorganization meeting.
Borucki took the oath for a new three-year term alongside fellow incumbents Dr. Marianne Kenny and Christopher Walker. Edward Morgan, the board’s newest member, was elected to a one-year term.
After the oaths, board members Tim Bart and Jessica Abbott were chosen by the board to serve another year as president and vice president, respectively. Unlike last year, they were not picked unanimously, but each won with a 5-4 vote.
The process got heated when Walker raised concerns about Bart having a conflict of interest, serving as president of both the school board and Flemington Falcons Football and Cheer. He pointed out that the Falcons are “a large user” of the district’s facilities.
Walker further alleged that some parents have not addressed the board for fear of it affecting their child’s participation on the team.
Bart said in response that he is “very careful knowing where [his] role is,” and added that board counsel had addressed the issue previously.
“I told [Superintendent Kari McGann] if you who run the district have to take action at any facility here, do your job,” he said. “Kari and I had that conversation when this had been raised.”