MILLBURN, NJ — At yesterday evening's Millburn Board of Education (BOE) Reorganization Meeting, two new board members joined the dais, alongside two returning faces from last year's board.
Sonali Ganti, Cori Haase and Jonathan Green were all sworn in to three year terms. They were joined by Millburn High School senior Jamie Serruto, who will be serving out the remainder of a one-year, unexpired term.
After all four were sworn in, the board selected Alex Zaltsman to continue as BOE president, joined by Ganti as vice president.
Once the ceremonial portion of the meeting was completed, board members got down to business, voting on various financial matters and hearing a ethics presentation from Charlene Patterson of the New Jersey School Boards Association.
For all four new board members, the restart was a chance to pause and take stock of the situation.
Serruto, who gained attention for being the youngest elected official in New Jersey this year, was ready to hit the ground running.
"I'm ecstatic right now," Serruto said. "To be able to sit on a board representing what I call the best district in the state, having gone through the district K-12 thus far, I've only seen magnificent things. And I know that we have so many different talented board members from various perspectives...I think that my perspective along with all of our unique perspectives will continue to shape a district holding the title as number one."
Green, the other new member to the board said that he was also ready to make a positive impact and help keep the district running well.
"There's quite a bit of work to be done," Green said. "But I'm looking forward to joining the other hardworking members of the board and doing what's best for the students in our district."
As you know, I was elected in the last term as well," Haase said. "Only for a one-year term. So this will be my first full three year term. And I'm excited to get back to work for the district."
Ganti also spoke about what it meant for her to go from filling out the remainder of a term to being in her own seat as well.
"I'm just as excited as i was last year, if not more," Ganti said. "Because this time I'm here for three years for sure. Like I said during the meeting, I'm very excited and honored to be working with my fellow board members."
She also spoke about beng elected as the BOE vice president.
"I plan on continuing all the excellent work that we've been doing," Ganti said. "There's a lot of stuff we've been working on last year, that I want to help Alex [Zaltsman] and the rest of the board to continue to work on."
For returning BOE president Alex Zaltsman, the mantra remains the same, as he will look to keep the course he set last year in the role.
"[Just] continue leading the board," Zaltsman said. "Make sure that people are developing and are on the committees that they want to be on. That's really my role, is to make sure that the board is run well, and with the great board members that we have today, the community can rest assured that the best people are overseeing the school district."