WARREN, NJ - Peter Fallon was sworn in to the Watchung Hills Board of Education on Tuesday night to fill the seat vacated by Glenn Mastrobattista, who resigned at the last meeting.
After approving a resolution accepting Mastrobattista's resignation, the board voted unanimously to appoint Fallon to fill the seat for the remainder of Mastrobattista's term, which expires at the end of this year.
Fallon is also on the ballot in the November election, running unopposed, for a full three year term and has previously served on both the Watchung Hills Board of Education and the Warren Township Board of Education.
Another Warren resident, Joseph Horan, also submitted an application and both board president Robert Morrison and vice president Dr. Gregory Przybylski thanked him for applying.
Przybylski said, “Mr. Horan is obviously in a challenging position because there are only a few meetings left and it would be a lack of continuity, I think, that’s potentially problematic for a board in doing its business.“
He continued to say that Horan would be an excellent candidate and that he would like to see him run for a future seat for a three-year term.
Morrison said that it’s encouraging to have two candidates of such caliber come forward to fill a position for such a very short period of time in a time where the vast majority of board seats go either unfilled or have single candidates.
Morrison said that he’s known Horan for more than a decade and, “ he’s got a wonderful background and expertise” and that he,”would also encourage him not only to look at the opportunity to run for a full term but also for him to find other ways that we, the board and administration, can engage him.”