NUTLEY, NJ – Daniel Carnicella was voted Nutley Board of Education President. Deborah Long Russo is the new BOE Vice President. They were nominated and approved unanimously by members in attendance during the annual reorganization meeting Thursday night

Charles W. Kucinski, Carnicella and Brenda Sherman were also sworn in as BOE members after winning re-election for three-year terms in the November 8, 2016 Annual School Board election.

President Carnicella received 5,958 votes. Sherman received 5,806 votes and was elected after being appointed in 2015 to fulfill the unexpired, one-year term of Kenneth Reilly. Charles W. Kucinski, was the top vote getter with 6,417 votes.

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President Carnicella said. “The next three months we will get out to the community and get feedback on the design concepts for four of our schools.” The four schools are Washington Elementary, Yantacaw Elementary, John H. Walker Middle and Nutley High. Di Cara Rubino Associates is the Board of Education architectural firm that was hired to create the concepts.

The dates for five Town Hall forums for discussion on the potential construction projects at the schools were provided by Dr. Julie Glazer during her Superintendent’s Report. Dr. Glazer said the meetings will address “significant overcrowding issues that require some actions”. 

Town Hall Meeting Information
Tuesday, January 17, 7pm: Yantacaw School Auditorium
Wednesday, January 18, 7pm: Lincoln School Auditorium
Thursday, January 19, 7pm: Washington School Auditorium
Wednesday, February 1, 7pm: Spring Garden School Auditorium
Wednesday, February 8, 7pm: Radcliffe School Media Center

All community members, parents, guardians and district staff are encouraged to attend and participate.The Superintendent invited all local organizations and groups that would like to schedule a meeting with district representatives on these issues to reach out via email to

According Karen Greco, the district’s Director of Communications, the structure of the meetings will allow the community to hear from school officials and the architects, review and discuss the concept drawings and ask questions. The meeting will be recorded and will air online and on local public access stations Optimum Channel 77 and Verizon Channel 42.

January is New Jersey School Board Recognition Month and Board Members were acknowledged by for their dedication and service by Superintendent Glazer.

Former Board President Kucinski was acknowledged by members Carnicella, Sal Balsamo and Sal Ferraro for his tireless dedication and many years of service as President. Kucinski joked that he was “not going out to pasture” but looking forward to continuing to serve on the Board.

Newly elected Board Vice President, Deborah Russo said: “I am looking forward to continuing moving the district forward with all the challenges we are facing.”

Glazer thanked everyone who attended the meeting including Board of Commissioners Al Petracco, Mauro Tucci and Mayor Joseph Scarpelli. 

President Carnicella stated his appreciation for his fellow board members. He said, “We can agree, disagree, make-up and reach consensus all for the good of our community.”

Board members Fred Scalera and Lisa Danchak-Martin were not at the meeting. is an online newspaper serving the Township of Nutley. is accredited by the New Jersey Press Association, and is the only locally owned news organization serving the community. Sign up for our FREE daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TAPintoNutley