WARREN, NJ - Peter Fallon was honored and thanked for his nine years of service to the district at the last meeting of the Watchung Hills Regional High School Board of Education.
Superintendent Elizabeth Jewett read a resolution thanking Fallon for his service and presented him with an honorary plaque.
About Fallon, board member Lisa DiMizio said,“Pete makes himself available to assist fellow board members through the discussion of ideas and possible solutions to any conundrum facing the board, and by conveying his knowledge of issues related to this board’s work."
Pete’s departure from this board is a loss to the high school community. He is to me not only an appreciated member of the board, but Pete is also my friend and I will miss serving with him.”
“One of the reasons why I ultimately decided to run for the board was because of the model that you shaped for our community,” said board vice president Bob Morrison. "You became a role model for me to want to run for the board and you’ve been a role model for me and a mentor as I’ve come on to this board, always providing me guidance – both positive and sometimes a smack in the head when that was necessary as well.
“In seeing how this board functions and how other boards function, you are a model board member. You always do the work, you come in prepared, you ask the hard questions, but you do so in a very humble and generous way. I’m going to miss you tremendously because you’ve done such a great job serving our community and I can’t thank you enough for all that you’ve shared with me personally and all that you’ve shared with our community. So thank you for your service.”
Fallon said he was proud of the way this board works together. "I’m proud of the fact that I think every member of the board does have the best interest of the school at heart," said Fallon. "I’m proud of the fact that during my service on the board I think the stature of our school has been raised. And I think we give an excellent education to our students and it’s because of the dedicated efforts of all of you.
“I’ve enjoyed working with all of you and sharing insight because I truly think that does help make a better board when people know how to work together. To hear you that you’ve appreciated that really means a lot to me.”
Incumbent Robert B. Morrison and challenger John Patrick Fahy were elected to three-year terms representing Warren Township on the Watchung Hills Regional Board of Education.
Morrison earned 3,125 votes and Fahy received 2,511 votes. Incumbent Peter Fallon came in third with 1,785 votes.