RANDOLPH, NJ - Colleen Pascale, elected to the Board of Education in 2013, submitted her letter of resignation to the board during Tuesday’s meeting. After beginning a new career at the Morris County School of Technology and County College of Morris, Pascale felt she could no longer meet her obligation to the board.
She also explained as an educator with the New Jersey Education Association, counsel advised her participation in the Negotiations committee would not be appropriate at this time.
“My other commitments have become too great for me to be able to fulfill my requirements of my position on the board,” Pascale said, “and I feel it is best for me to make room for someone with the time and energy to devote to the position.”
After reading the formal letter of resignation, Pascale made informal comments about her time on the board. She acknowledge the “faculty and staff who have entrusted me with things they have been displeased about, and they have come to me and entrusted me with those conversations.”
“This is a really great board,” she said. “I feel this board is not agenda driven, which is a wonderful thing.”
Before moving to Randolph seven years ago, Pascale lived in Butler and served on their Board of Education. She also worked as a Detective in the Butler Police Department for 20 years.
Other board members commented on her role on the board as an advocate for the faculty and staff.
“In your new role, you still have a connection to two big groups of students,” said board member Tammy MacKay. “You’ll still move kids forward and make them better people, and that’s what you did here.”
Board member Sheldon Epstein added that her “dedication to the students and the staff and the safety within the district was unparalleled.” He also mentioned that the board members had an opportunity to learn from her different perspective.
“We took a hit here, and we would do well to get somebody half as great,” Epstein said.
Board member Anne Standridge commented, “this makes me very sad... You’ve been a true asset, and your insight has been invaluable.”
With this new vacancy, the Board of Education is seeking candidates to fill Pascale’s unexpired term. The new member would take office in February 2018 and serve through December 2018. They would then have the choice to run for reelection.
If you are interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Mr. Gerald Eckert, Board Secretary, 25 School House Road, Randolph, NJ 07869, no later than 4pm February 14, 2018.