SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Board of Education (SPBOE) on Jan. 8 held its annual reorganization meeting. At this time, the three residents elected in November were officially sworn in and board officers for 2020 were selected. 

Business Administrator/Board Alex Benanti led the meeting and announced the official election results from November 2019: Thomas Cassio received 2,486 votes; Deborah 'Debbie' Boyle received 1,765 votes; and William Seesselberg received 1,750 votes. SPBOE attorney Marc Zitomer then administered  the oath of office to the three members, who will each served three-year terms. 

Following the swearing in, Benanti opened the meeting up to nominations for board president. A motion to name Doug Chapman president for a second consecutive year was made by Cassio and seconded by John Farinella and approved by a vote of 8-0. No other nominations were made. 

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"Thank you; I appreciate the vote of confidence to serve again this coming year," said Chapman before opening the floor to nominations for vice president.

SPBOE board member Pio Pennisi nominated Cassio to return to the position for the second year. That motion also passed by an 8-0 vote. No other nominations were made. 

"I want to thank the public for their support. I hope to continue to help this district move in the right direction..." said Cassio. 

There are nine members on the South Plainfield Board of Education; member Keith Both was not present. 

"...I am looking forward to us all working together and would also like to thank my family, my extended family, friends, and the residents of South Plainfield for believing in my and giving me the opportunity to continue to serve," said Boyle. 

"I'd like to thank the residents who supported me in the election," said Seesselberg. "I am looking forward to working from this end of the table and contributing anything I can to helping the administration, the staff, and the board move forward in the coming year." 

Chapman added, "I'd like to welcome back Ms. Boyle, Mr. Cassio, and Mr. Seesselberg. I look forward to having another stellar year...and [working to] keep us going in the right direction...I am looking forward to a great year with everybody. 

BOE meetings are held on the second and third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted below: 

Committee of the Whole (COW)                                        Regular Public 

 Wed., Jan. 15                                                                        Wed., Jan. 22

Wed., Feb. 12                                                                        Wed., Feb. 19

Wed., March 11                                                                     Wed., March 18*

Tues., April 7                                                                         Wed., April 22

Wed., May 6**                                                                       Wed., May 13

Wed., June 10                                                                       Wed., June 17

Wed., July 15 – 6 p.m.                                                          Wed., July 15 – following COW

Wed., Aug. 19 – 6 p.m.                                                         Wed., Aug. 19 – following COW 

Wed., Sept. 9                                                                        Wed., Sept. 23 

Wed., Oct. 14                                                                        Wed., Oct. 14 – following COW 

Wed., Nov. 11                                                                        Wed., Nov. 18

Wed., Dec. 9                                                                         Wed., Dec. 16

* Adopt tentative budget

** Public budget hearing and adoption

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