LIVINGSTON, NJ — In his final meeting as a member of the Livingston Board of Education (LBOE), Dr. George Shen was surrounded by family as his colleagues expressed their gratitude for his service to the district.

Shen is pictured above with his wife, Qing Ren, and their three daughters, who are all products of Livingston Public Schools.

“The family is the one who suffers the most when their [loved one] is on the board of education because you’re away for so many days and hours,” said LBOE President Charles Buddy August as he presented Shen with a plaque commemorating his service and thanked his family for supporting Shen during his term.

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Board Vice President Ronnie Konner also expressed her appreciation for the opportunity to work with Shen as a colleague, which she said has “really been a privilege.” She added that his support of the district has been apparent throughout his time on the board and thanked him for bringing a unique perspective, asking intelligent questions and making his fellow board members “look at things in a different way.”

Superintendent Dr. Matthew Block thanked Shen for the role he played in the hiring process for a permanent superintendent.

“Meeting you during the interview process was a real pleasure, and getting to work with you over the past six months—your questions, your insight, the discussions that we’ve had, I have really appreciated,” he said. “I know that being on a board of education is not easy; it’s a lot of time, it’s a lot of meetings, it’s a lot of phone calls from me and from others, and I know how hard you’ve worked. It does not go unnoticed and it is very much appreciated…I look forward to continuing to work with you as a parent and as a community member, and I know we will have many more chances to interact.”

Members of the public also stood to congratulate Shen on his years of service, including Mark Stern, principal of Livingston High School, and incoming board member Seth Cohen.

Stating that Shen has served “with distinction, with humility and with class,” Cohen said he “can only hope” to do the same when he fills the seat come January.

CLICK HERE to learn more about incoming LBOE member Seth Cohen, who recently earned a seat on the board alongside re-elected incumbent Samantha Messer.