SPARTA, NJ - A new member of the Sparta Board of Education was sworn in at the September meeting on Monday night.  May Matkiwsky (Abdo) took the oath of office to fill the seat vacated by Brenda Beebe who resigned with nearly five months left in her term. 

Board President Karen Scott read a brief statement explaining "six community members submitted letter of interest," for the open seat.  She continued, "They were reviewed... and five letters of regret were sent." 

Board Secretary Barbara Decker administered the oath and Matkiwsky took her seat, participating in her first meeting. 

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Both elected board members, Beebe and McKernan resigned before the end of their terms for personal reasons.

The musical chairs on at the Sparta Board of Education table is a bit complicated. 

Matkiwsky is on the ballot for the November election, running unopposed to fill the one-year term created when Doug McKernan resigned in July. 

Matkiwsky joins Kim Bragg (Stoddard) in fulfilling an unfinished term; Bragg took McKernan's vacated seat when he resigned in July.  Bragg is also on the ballot for the Nov election seeking a three-year term. 

There are five candidates on the ballot for three 3-year terms.  Two incumbents Kelly McEvoy and Todd Muth are seeking re-election. Bragg is on the ballot to continue her service.  Michael McGovern and Carey Anne Gluck-Bomensatt are also vying for the three year terms.   Gluck-Bomensatt has run unsuccessfully for the past two years.  McGovern is a new comer to the board of education.

 Matkiwski and Bragg will join the other seven board members in the important task of hiring a new superintendent with Dennis Tobin due to retire in December.

Tobin gave an update on the board's superintendent search.  He said the seven member, board-appointed search committee had done a "paper review" of the initial 23 applicants.  The committee interviewed seven of those applicants and recommended four to the board of education members. 

The board of education members are scheduled to interview the four candidates on

 Wednesday and possibly next Monday, in needed, according to Tobin. 

Decker has said the board intends to approved the new superintendent at the Oct meeting.