LIVINGSTON, NJ - Members of the Livingston Citizens’ Institute engaged in a civic education received a lesson on the partnership of Township governance and schools on Jan. 28, when Township Manager Michele Meade and Interim Superintendent of Schools Jim O’Neill shared a podium at the Livingston Library.

The program highlighted the Institute’s goal to effectively connect community members through knowing how to stay informed and understanding governmental processes.

“There’s a nice spirit of cooperation here in Livingston,” observed O’Neill, and both leaders, whose experiences have included other municipalities, remarked that this level of cooperation is the exception rather than the rule.

Meade outlined the variety of services shared by the schools and Township including maintenance agreements, computer training, and use of school facilities for sports programs run by the recreation department.

In the winter months, “Mike Annello [superintendent at the Department of Public Works] has been more accurate than weather forecasters in letting me know if snow is coming,” said O’Neill, who makes the decision to close schools.

Former elected officials, Bonnie Granatir, who served 10 years on the Livingston Board of Education, and Steve Santola, with a similar tenure on Township Council, each talked about “A Week in the Life” while they served.

The Citizen’s Institute is dedicated to building a strong community through education, citizen engagement, and civic dialogue. Learn more HERE.