PISCATAWAY, NJ – At its January 9, 2018 reorganization meeting, the Piscataway Board of Education elected new leadership: Ms. Alexandra Lopez will serve as Board President while Mr. Ira Stern will serve as Vice-President. This follows the December announcement from Mr. William Irwin that he would continue to serve on the Board, but not seek reelection as President.

Ms. Lopez most recently served as the Board’s Vice-President, has been a Piscataway Board Member since 2011, and was reelected to a three-year term in November 2017. She holds a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education with a specialization in addictions from Kean University and is a lecturer/ faculty member at the Bloustein School of Public Health at Rutgers University, where she teaches undergraduate students. She is also in private practice, providing services to Middlesex County families struggling with substance abuse. Ms. Lopez, her husband Victor, and two children, have lived in Piscataway for more than fifteen years.

“It is an exciting transition for the Piscataway Board of Education and I am truly honored to be taking on the role of President this year,” noted Ms. Lopez. “We look forward to continued progress and development in our schools and amongst our community. My hope is to foster an interdependent relationship with this dedicated board as we build on our successes while nurturing a culture of health, wellness and inspiration.”

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 Mr. Stern has served on the Piscataway Board of Education since 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Cornell University, and a Master of Arts in Labor Studies from Rutgers University. Mr. Stern is the State Grant Project Training Coordinator in the Youth Transition to Work and Apprenticeship Program of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, where he administers an apprenticeship program for at risk high school students interested in technical careers. He and his wife June are the parents of two Piscataway High School graduates.

“I look forward to serving the Piscataway community as the Vice President of the Board of Education,” said Mr. Stern. “We have a wonderful town and my goal is for our schools to keep up with the challenges posed by a changing world. The Piscataway schools should not just react to issues, but lead in the work of ensuring that every student can rise to their full potential.”

At the reorganization meeting, the Board recognized the contributions of outgoing president William Irwin. "It was a tremendous honor to serve as the President of the Piscataway Township Board of Education for these past four years,” said Mr. Irwin. “With Alexandra and Ira, we have a great, experienced, incoming leadership team. I am more than confident that they will continue to move the District forward as we strive for excellence and inspiration in everything that we do. I look forward to continuing to work with them and my fellow Board members to deliver the best education possible for all of Piscataway's children."

About Piscataway Township Schools

Serving over 7,000 students, Piscataway Township Schools provide K - 12 and preschool programming, special education instructional programs and services, as well as before and aftercare, adult education classes, youth enrichment programs, and summer youth programs. The mission of the Piscataway Public Schools is the continual development of each child’s intellectual, aesthetic, social and physical abilities in a positive environment that fosters selfesteem and helps all students realize their abilities and gifts.