FLEMINGTON, NJ - The Hunterdon Central Regional Board of Education held its reorganization meeting Jan. 6, with both a little bit of sadness and some joy.

First, the board paid a tearful tribute to 2018 graduate Jared David Yazujian, 19, who passed away Jan. 2.

Yazujian was described as a “happy-go-lucky and jovial" student, and the board honored his passing with a moment of silence.

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In March 2019, he was honored by the Hunterdon County 4H for his achievement as a Clover Certificate Winner.

Visitation for Yazujian will take place at Wright & Ford Family Funeral Home Jan. 9 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The second part of the evening was a joyful tribute to longtime board member Lori Blutfield, who served from January 2014 through December 2019.

Board members Jeffrey Charney of Readington, Bruce Davidson of Raritan Township, Scott Nicol of Raritan Township and Robert Richard of Raritan Township – all elected in November 2019 – took the Oath of Office together. This was followed by the unanimous election of Vincent Panico as board president and Noelle O’Donnell as board vice-president.

Panico, of Readington Township, was first elected in 2016. O’Donnell, of Flemington, was elected in 2018.

It was noted that newly elected Michael Dendis, who was not in attendance at the meeting, will take the Oath of Office at the next meeting.

In his recognition of Blutfield's longtime volunteer service, Panico, said that Blutfield, “encouraged me to run the board, [and the] questions you asked during meetings were difficult and challenging, every one of which made us better.”

The board passed a resolution acknowledging Blutfield’s, “… personal commitment to quality education, [her] valued participation in establishing effective policies and [her] readiness to render services in seeking educational excellence.”

Blutfield shared her thoughts shared her thoughts with the board, saying she was proud of having been part of the hiring of Dr. Jeffrey Moore, superintendent of Hunterdon Central Regional High School since July 2017.

The board took action on several items left over from a weather-related cancellation of a December board meeting. This included approval of a tuition contract with Hunterdon County Polytech for the 2019-2020 school year for $667,950; and approval of the Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheerleading trip to Orlando, Florida Feb. 6 through Feb. 10, for the purpose of competing at the Universal Cheerleaders Association National High School Cheerleading Championship. I

Board members said that “the cost of the trip is the responsibility of the students/parents and will be supplemented with funds raised the H C Red Devils Cheerleading Brewster Club.”