January 6, 2017 at 9:35 PM
FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ - The Franklin Township Board of Education swore in and welcomed Ardaman Singh as its newest member to the board at its reorganization meeting Thursday. Christine Danielsen and Nancy LaCorte were also sworn in, as they both won their campaigns in November.
The board also reelected Ed Potosnak, III as president and Nancy LaCorte as vice president, for their third consecutive year. LaCorte was voted in by the board unanimously, while Potosnak had one dissenting vote, board member Patricia E. Stanley. Stanley nominated LaCorte, and Danielson nominated Potosnak.
“I am very honored to be selected by my fellow board members as president, to continue on representing the Franklin Township Board of Education,” Potosnak said. His speech in summation highlighted the eagerness to begin working with so many people "with different perspectives and views, but [also] looking forward [to see how this] can strengthen the work that is happening and enhance the education we are providing."
During comments from the public portion of the meeting, local resident and PTO member John Felix congratulated Singh on winning her election. “I think you will do extremely well you are a very thoughtful, intelligent, personable person who has the best intentions for all the students in our community,” Felix said. “With the leadership of Mr. Potosnak and Ms. LaCorte, I think this board has proven in the past few years that this community is exactly where it should be in terms of the educational output for our students.”
The board’s policies and code of ethics were also approved as was the meeting schedule for the 2017 calendar year. Designations of key positions and appointments were also made.
Appointments of the architect of record Design Resources Group of Somerset, and board counsel Parker McCay of Mount Laurel were unanimously approved. However, the appointment of board representatives to state and county organizations had one dissenting vote. Singh was unanimously approved to become the board representative for Somerset and Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission. Potosnak received one dissenting vote for his appointment as delegate to New Jersey and Somerset County School Boards Association by Stanley.
The next board meeting will be held on February 23, at the Franklin High School Cafeteria at 7:30 p.m. Franklin’s Finest a curriculum expo and district showcase will be held at Franklin High School this Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
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