WATCHUNG, NJ - Three new members were appointed to the Watchung Board of Education at Wednesday’s meeting. After some discussion, the Watchung Board of Education nominated and appointed three new members to fill the board vacancies after Georgia Glasser-Nehls, Tina Kelly and Ellyn Margulies resigned from the board earlier this summer. 

And they are:

Jennifer Scharf through January 2020;(video here -Scharf)

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Gail Tafaro through January 2021; ( video here- Tafaro)

Mallory Morales through January 2021. (video here - Morales)

Of the appointees, the board said,  of the many qualified candidates, key criteria in the selection was direct experience in education, diversity of skills, and building a collaborative board team.

Both Scharf and Tafaro are educators and Morales is a CPA with children at Bayberry, they said. Tafaro also formerly served as a member of the Watchung Board of Education.

The new board, minus Joe Mattiassi who was traveling is:

Five candidates have filed for three available seats on the Watchung Board of Education, according to the Somerset County Clerk’s Office. A candidate must have filed a nominating petition with the county clerk for his or her name to appear on the ballot, and the deadline to submit the nominating petition was 4 p.m. Monday, July 29.  The election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5.


Current Board of Education member Joseph Barbella has filed for re-election as well as  Adam Kraft, Jennifer Scharf, Nawaz Sheikh, and Gail Tafaro.


Barbella was appointed in May to fill the seat vacated by former board member Thomas Sicola.


Board member Dennis Bakos is not seeking re-election.


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 fills the vacancy.