WATCHUNG, NJ - Three members of the Watchung Board of Education have resigned from the board, TAPinto Watchung learned on Monday. The president, vice-president, and chair of the Human Resources committee have resigned according to the following memo from Tina Kelly. The resignations of Tina Kelly-President, Georgia Glasser-Nehls- Vice President, and Ellyn Margulies- Chair of Human Resources are effective immediately she said. A special meeting of the board has been called for Tuesday. The agenda is here.

At the last meeting, the board approved the resignations of both the interim superintendent and interim business administrator. (Story here)

Gwen Thornton, New Jersey School Boards Field Representative and Barry Walker, President of Somerset County School Boards presented Georgia Glasser-Nehls with Master Board Member certificate and plaque. For school board information see here

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Kelly said:

At our last Watchung Board of Education meeting, held July 24, 2019, the Board approved the resignation of our interim administration, tenured teachers and staff. Additionally, the Board, as it existed on Wednesday, was unable to support the administration, teachers and students to approve summer curriculum writers with a split vote of 4 yes-2 abstention-3 no. 

Over the weekend several key Board members from the Watchung Board of Education resigned from their positions. I consider these resignations and votes to be a call to action for our community. Please seek opportunities to respectfully interact with school administration to share your perspectives and to play a vital role in the education of our children and the future of our district. 

I am grateful for the opportunity to have served the Watchung community.

Tina Kelly

According to New Jersey School Boards, In most cases, a vacancy is filled by a majority vote of the remaining members of the board after the vacancy occurs. The board has 65 days to fill the vacancy; if it does not meet deadline, county superintendent will fill vacancy.

1. Filled by county superintendent if caused by absence of candidates or by removal of member for lack of qualifications.
2. Filled by county superintendent if quorum is lacking because of vacancies
3. Filled by special election if tie in annual election - within 60 days of school election - restricted to those candidates. If tied again, filled by county superintendent.
4. Filled by special election if failure to elect at school election due to improper election procedures - within 60 days of school election, restricted to same candidates. If tied again, filled by county superintendent
5. Filled by Commissioner if failure to elect due to improper campaign practices.

For open positions in the school district, see job postings here.