SOMERSET, NJ – Last night, the Franklin Township Board of Education swore in new and returning members at its reorganization meeting.

Walter Jackson, the lone new addition to the board, joined returning members Nancy LaCorte and Ardaman Singh. LaCorte and Singh were reelected while serving as president and vice president, respectively, during the 2018-2019 school year.

After their swearing-in, LaCorte and Singh were re-elected by the board to serve as president and vice president, respectively.

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LaCorte has been on the board since 2006, taking a year off in 2013 to care for her father and then winning re-election to the board in 2014, where she served as vice president until she took up the president’s gavel in 2018.

Singh returns to the board for her second term, having previously been elected in 2016. In 2018, she was elected by the board to serve as vice president, a role won again in 2019.

The members were elected in November to three-year terms, edging out Hugh A. Scott for the three available seats.

“I look forward to serving on this board and I want to thank everybody who nominated me and I’m going to ensure that I do my part to continue to make Franklin all that it is,” Jackson said.

Jackson won the seat left vacant by two-term board member Christine Danielsen after she decided not to run for a third term. At a board meeting last month, she reflected on her time with the district.

“I'm extremely proud of what this board has accomplished,” Danielsen said at the time. “I'm leaving the board confident in the knowledge that we're in a better place now than ever before and I'm honored to have been a part of it.”

While Jackson – who’s lived in Franklin for 21 years – may be new to the Franklin Board of Education, he was previously a district church school superintendent in the A.M.E Church implementing curricula, organizing church school conventions and creating “a happy, fun, and comfortable learning environment for children as well as adults.”

The 1995 graduate of Hampton University spent the past 23 years working in compliance with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, a background that he said gave him experience working with diverse people with many different concerns, requests and issues.

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