SPOTSWOOD, NJ - Former Spotswood Board of Education member Bertrand Louis' absence from the BOE was a short one. Louis lost his bid for re-election in November to Dan Lennan and was thanked for his years of service at the final Spotswood Board of Education meeting for 2020 in December. However, last night at a special meeting of the Spotswood Board of Education, the Mutual Funds Portfolio Data Analyst/Project Manager was approved to take over the seat vacated by former BOE member Mariellen Chasan. Chasan announced her resignation from the Spotswood Board of Education halfway through her second term on December 15.

Applicants interested in being appointed to the vacant board of education seat had until December 31 to apply. Interviews were scheduled to be conducted earlier this week. Louis was the only applicant after the other person dropped out shortly before the interview process was set to begin. Louis' appointment was approved last night after a closed Executive Session pending a fingerprint and background check.

Louis was first elected to the Spotswood Board of Education in 2014. Before losing his seat in the November election, Louis served as vice-president of the Spotswood BOE and was a member of the Finance, Negotiation and Leadership Committees. He and his wife moved to the borough in 2007 and have two daughters in the Spotswood School District. Louis earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the College of New Jersey and his MBA with a concentration in finance from the Rutgers University's Business School. He works as a Mutual Funds Portfolio Data Analyst/Project Manager. In addition to being a BOE member, Louis is an elder at his church, a member of their treasury department, president of the Deacon Ministry and also serves as co-chair of the church's Education Ministry.

His term following Tuesday's appointment on the six-member board will be for one year. The seat will be placed on the ballot for the next annual election.