SPARTA, NJ – The start of the New Year also brings changes to Sparta’s local governing bodies.  The Sparta Board of Education will meet to reorganize on Monday, January 5 at 7:30 in the auditorium at Mohawk Avenue School. Sparta Township Council will hold their reorganization meeting on Tuesday, Jan 5 at 7:30 in Council Chambers. 

Three new board of education members will be sworn in.  Kylen Anderson, Melva Cummings and Doug McKernan will take their oath, having won election in Nov.  The board of education will select a new board president and vice-president from among the sitting members. Committee assignments will also be announced.

Councilman Gil Gibbs, Josh Hertzberg and current Mayor Molly Whilesmith will take their oaths for Sparta Township Council.  Hertzberg will begin his first four year term.  Gibbs and Whilesmith were re-elected in Nov. The Township Council will select a Mayor and Deputy Mayor from among the sitting councilmen and women.  

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There will also be the need to fill a vacancy at the state level.  District 24 Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose made a surprise announcement last week at the Franklin Borough reorganization meeting when she accepted the position of business administrator for the borough.  At that meeting she was reported to have said she will resign her position as Assemblywoman but did not specify when that would happen. 

Sussex County Freeholder Gail Phoebus has announced her intention to run for Mc Hose’s seat, though nothing can be made official until Mc Hose officially resigns.