UNION, NJ – The Township of Union Board of Education took a vote on Tuesday night to nominate Nellis Regis-Darby as a new board member, replacing Lois Jackson, who recently resigned her position on the Board.

On February 5, a special meeting of the BOE was held to interview prospective  candidates for the vacant Board seat.  The three candidates interviewed during that meeting were Regis-Darby, Linda Gaglione and Lazara Rovira. 

Regis-Darby is an educator, with over 15 years of education experience and three children in the Union school district.

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In response to a request from Tap into Union for information on the selection of Regis-Darby to the Board, Board of Education President Vito Nufrio said, “upon receiving Ms. Jackson’s letter of resignation, I recommended that we should continue with the process of interviewing candidates in an open venue that our past president David Arminio initiated last August."

“To add to the transparency of process and deliver it to the entire district, I recommended that it should be done within a special board meeting, videotaped, and subsequently televised on Channel 34 (on February 11 and 14)."

“Candidates’ applications and resumes were received and carefully reviewed by the committee, concluding with an excellent interview that included the entire Board and the public.  At the February 9th meeting, Mrs. Nellis Regis-Darby was nominated and elected during the public portion of the meeting."

“As for the three candidates that applied, the committee and entire Board were very pleased to be challenged by individuals who possessed impressive resumes coupled with notable skills and traits."

“I am very proud of our election process and results, as should our entire district be.  Mrs. Darby will be joining the Board on February 16, at 7p.m., at the Union High School Library, when she will be officially sworn in to complete the unexpired term.  I urge our community to attend and congratulate her.  She will undoubtedly add to the positivity and progress that we are striving to achieve."