NUTLEY, NJ - Nutley Board of Education member Brenda Sherman announced her resignation from the board at the Nov. 19, meeting.
In a letter that was read aloud at the meeting, Sherman said:
Dr. Glazer, Board Members of the Nutley Board of Education, and Nutley Community:
About 3 years ago I applied to fill an unexpired term on the Nutley Board of Education. After getting to know everyone on the Board, our new (now not so new) Superintendent, and Administrators, I decided to run for a full term, and see where the journey would take me. I could see this was a unique Board that could do great things together. Each one of my fellow Board members is truly remarkable to me.
If the public could only see what I have seen these last few years; the hours each one of them dedicates to volunteer their time not just at meetings, but in the community, attending events supporting the students, wrestling long hours over difficult decisions, time away from their family, and enduring criticism (sometimes unfairly) on social media; all so they can give back to the community in a way that profoundly impacts the students by making tough decisions in order to provide the students with the best educational foundation.
It has been amazing watching the students in this district embrace all of the challenges put before them during uncertain times that are often hard to explain to them.
Our students are intelligent, resilient, compassionate, daring, they are embracing the world around them in ways we could never imagine.
I am honored to have been a part of this Board, and hope the friendships that have developed during this unique time together, endure longer than our time served here on the Board. We didn’t always agree, and at times it took a few hours before we could arrive at what we ultimately all believed was in the best interests of the students in this district.
The time has come for me to end my journey as a Member of the Nutley Board of Education, in order that I may embrace new opportunities ahead of me, I hereby resign from the Nutley Board of Education effective December 31, 2018.
I am proud to have had the opportunity to serve with each one of my Board Members, Superintendent, Administrators, Staff, and Teachers.
I Thank You for your dedication to the students and community, and wish you all a healthy and happy holiday season.
Respectfully, Brenda C. Sherman
Details about how the vacant seat will be handled are not immediately known.
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