Springfield Board of Ed Meeting 12/19 Part 2: Pat Venezia Says Thank You and Goodbye

Board of Education Member Patricia Venezia Credits: Chip Dickson

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – This is the second article about last night’s Board of Education and its many important moments.  Early in the meeting, it was announced the meeting would be long time Board of Education member Patricia Venezia’s last meeting. 

At the beginning of the meeting Board President Wolcott made the following comment, “We come from all walks of life.  We are stay at home moms, teachers, business owners, lawyers, financial professionals and more. While we wear many hats during the course of every single day, we always come together as a team to do what is in the best interests of the children of our school district. 

Tonight, I believe I speak for the entire Board as we say goodbye to one of our own.  Pat Venezia is the epitome of what it means to be a school board member.”

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Ms. Venezia was elected to the Board in April 2001.  That means she served on the Board of Education for 15 years and eight months.  During her time on the Board she served as President of this twice. 

President Wolcott she was instrumental in working on the referendum for construction and opening of Walton School addition, as well as getting the Dayton Turf Complex done.  He said, “Pat led thru super storm Sandy and was involved in many policies and curriculum changes.”

He said she was, “Never afraid to take a stand” and closed by saying, “…the Board is losing one of its best champions ever.”

Ms. Venezia made her comments toward the end of the evening by thanking and complementing every member on the dais.  That included saying Superintendent Davino was “…a good leader that never expects anyone to work harder than he does.” 

Her comments were followed in public session by some former Board members coming forward and thank her.  They stayed over three hours for the opportunity to do it.

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