MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Just a few days after the first anniversary of his swearing in, Javier Farfan has resigned from the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education. He offered his resignation at today’s BOE reorganization meeting, Jan. 6, effective immediately. 

Citing his obligations as a professor at Seton Hall University, Farfan acknowledged that his attendance has been affected by his work. Of the board meetings whose minutes are posted on the district website from July 15 to September 16, 2019, Farfan was absent for two of the four meetings. The minutes from the fall 2019 meetings are not posted. He said he wished he could do as much work as the other board members.

A public application process will decide a replacement for Farfan's seat on the board, as per board policy 0143

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“The Board will give public notice of the vacancy and invite any qualified person to submit a written request for consideration of his/her candidacy for the vacancy. The Board may also require candidates submit a resume with their written request. 

“In considering candidates who have expressed an interest in a vacancy, the Board of Education may interview candidates in public or executive session. The Board must vote to appoint a candidate to a vacancy in public session and there shall be no decisions made in executive session. In the event interviews are conducted in executive session, Board members, in the public session nomination and voting process, shall express their opinion in support of their vote so the public can witness any deliberations, policy formulation and the decision making process of the Board. 

“A roll call vote will be conducted on candidates in the order the candidates were nominated with a second. If there are two or more vacancies, each vacancy will be filled by a separate election process. The first candidate who receives the votes of a majority of the remaining Board members will be elected to the vacancy. In the event no candidate receives a majority vote of the remaining Board members, another election process shall be conducted between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes.”