NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Longtime member of the New Providence Board of Education (BOE) Ira Krauss announced during the Thursday, May 7 telephonic board meeting that he will resign from the board and move away New Providence. Krauss explained that during his long tenure he has worked with 35 board members. “We have always done what is best for New Providence students,” he stated.
Both the board and attending staff members expressed their gratitude for all the work Krauss had accomplished with his keen eye on detail. He was commended especially for his expertise on fiscal and statistical matters. As a long-serving member he also tutored other board members and advised them of the board history.
In 2018 Krauss was recognized by the New Jersey School Boards Association for serving 25 years on the school board. “Ira is outlasting everybody in this town,” then Board President Adam Smith joked.
Krauss was first elected to the board in 1992. He has served the district as a president, vice-president and chairman of the Finance Committee. “His value shouldn’t really be measured by how many titles he has held,” Smith said in 2018 and noted that when it comes to municipal finance, school finance, running facilities and board policy nobody knows them better than Krauss. He is a tremendous asset to the board and to the community as a whole, Smith commended in 2018.
Krauss has also acted as the board liaison to the Borough Council and has regularly attended council meetings, where he has delivered school district news to the council and communicated what is going on in the borough to the board.