RANDOLPH, NJ - The 2018 reorganization meeting for the Board of Education brought in one new member Chris Treston, and reelected members Ron Conti and Joe Faranetta were sworn in for new three-year terms. Former President Al Matos nominated Conti for board president who then nominated Faranetta for vice president.
Conti served as vice president during 2017, and many members expressed their confidence in his abilities to lead in this new role.
“I think it’s going to be a great year, and you make a great team,” said board member Tammy MacKay. “You come seasoned and ready to lead.”
Matos chose to step down as president this year, explaining that he felt he had met his goals over the past two years. His focus throughout these years has been on the fiduciary duty of the board and helping the district achieve the status as 16th in the state of New Jersey.
“I think you’ll do a great job,” Matos said. “The more you put in, the more you get out of it.” He also commented that the “fiduciary duty of elected officials is very different” from other organizations in the district.
Treston added that he is looking forward to working with the board this year through committees and upcoming meetings. Since moving back to New Jersey 20 years ago, Treston has worked in marketing and sales for many food companies, such as Ferrero, B&G, Pinnacle and Smithfield.
“Our family moved to Randolph specifically for the schools,” he said. “If our district has the right culture, facilities, technology and openness to the community, we can differentiate Randolph from our neighbors, so that new families continue to choose Randolph as the best place to raise their children.”
In addition to his four years serving on the Board of Education, Conti brings experience in technology as a strategic technology consultant for several businesses worldwide, as well as past business experience on Wall Street building risk management applications.
Faranetta has worked at AT&T for over 25 years and also serves on the Randolph Recreation Committee. He has been chairman of the Randolph Recreation Girls Lacrosse Program for over 10 years. Beyond his current commitments, he was a founding member of the Rams Athletic Council, has coached several sports locally and participated in high school booster clubs.
“I’m looking forward to working with Ron and the administration in this new position,” Faranetta said. “Hopefully, I do as well as Ron did for us last year.”