MILLBURN, NJ — At the final Millburn Board of Education (BOE) meeting of 2019, the board said its farewells to Emily Jaffe.
Jaffe had served on the board for the past six years, and over her time in the position, had been instrumental in district finances, most recently with the district's Capital and Maintenance Plan (C&MP) that will be voted on in a special referendum election on Jan. 28.
In her farewell speech, Jaffe spoke to what she experienced during her time on the board and the responsibility of serving.
"From the moment you are sworn in, you are one ninth of this governing body," Jaffe said. "Not the people commenting in Happy Millburn, or posting on Workmom or in the TAP or at the podium. This is the job. This is the work. And only once you sit at this dais, can you fully appreciate the magnitude of this seat."
She also noted that when she first became involved with the board, there was finger-pointing and accusation from residents. Since then, she and other board members have worked tirelessly to foster dialogue and make the Millburn Community more aware of what the board has been doing.
In her farewell speech, Jaffe also thanked members of the administration and her fellow board members for their time spent working together. In turn, they took the time to applaud her work and dedication to the position. While she noted that there were down moments in her tenure, she was thankful to have had the opportunity to serve.
"I'm so incredibly grateful to say goodbye with this delicious feeling of fulfillment," Jaffe said. "My time has truly come full-circle. I've spent my last months on the board just as I started six years ago, on a PTO and staff meeting roadshow with the superintendent to inform the community about the realities of the district's finances and how C&MP will address them going forward."
She also noted that while her time on the board will be coming to an end, she will still be around for the final push on C&MP.
"I promise you all [board members] that I will help you see this through in January," she added.