MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ – The new board of education consisting of the same seven members as last year convened for a reorganization meeting at the recently-completed media center inside Deerfield Middle School on Tuesday.

The school board's composition did not change because members Jeane Parker and Kate Motz – the only incumbent members up for election last November – both won their races and returned to the board.

The other five members are Cathy Jakositz, Carmine Venes, Dante Gioia, Christopher Minks and James Ruban.

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Ruban was selected as board president for 2016 by his fellow board members. He also served as president last year.

Board members also gave Minks the nod to serve as vice president, as he did in 2015.

Board committees will remain the same in 2016 as they did in 2015, with the exception of the Community Outreach Committee. That committee will be chaired by Carmine Venes this year. Also, Ruban is replacing Motz on the Community Outreach Committee.

The other committees are staffed as follows:

* Budget and Finance/Buildings and Grounds: Gioia (chair), Jakositz and Ruban

* Community Outreach: Venes (chair), Parker and Ruban

* Curriculum: Jakositz (chair), Motz and Parker

* Grants/Alternate Funding: Minks (chair), Gioia and Motz

* Personnel/Negotiations: Minks (chair), Gioia and Venes

* Strategic Planning: Parker (chair), Motz and Jakositz

Board representatives and liaisons also are the same as last year and are as follows:

* Union County Educational Services Commission Board: Jakositz

* Berkeley Heights Board of Education: Parker

* Berkeley Heights Board of Education (alternate): Motz

* NJ School Boards Association Delegate: Gioia

* NJ School Boards Association (alternate): Venes

* Mountainside Borough Council & Legislative Liaison: Minks

* Mountainside PTA Representative: Motz

* Mountainside Public Library Liaison: Ruban

The next Mountainside Board of Education meeting is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 26.

Nancy Lubarsky, the chief school administrator, will deliver a presentation about students' PARCC test scores to parents on Jan. 13 at Deerfield School. PARCC is an abbreviation for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Click here to see related article.