UNION, NJ – The first meeting of 2017 for the Township of Union Board of Education took place Tuesday night with the swearing in of a re-elected member and of two newly elected board members and the election of a new Board President and Vice President.

Nellis Regis-Darby was sworn in for her first full 3-year term on the Board, having served on the Board since last February as a replacement for a resigned board member.  “I’m happy to be re-elected and to continue my work on the board,” she said.

MaryLynn Williams and Nancy Minneci were sworn in as the newest Board members.

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“I am excited about taking office today,” said Williams.  “I am honored to have been elected and I look forward to the next three years.”  In particular, said Williams, “I’m looking forward to working with the administration and superintendent on making some changes to how we educate our special needs children.”

"Thank you for the opportunity to serve the community I have called home for the last 34 years," said Minneci.  "It is an honor to work for the children of Union,  and I'm ready to work diligently with the other board miners to continue to move the district forward."

Current Board member Ron McDowell was elected President of the Board and Nancy Zuena was elected Vice President.

When asked about goals for this coming year, newly elected Board President McDowell said, “to continue what we’ve been doing the last two years."  McDowell said he wants to continue with the transparency that the Board has been working on.  "Also, I’m excited about the Chrome Books for our students and I think it’s going to bring us up to the level of some surrounding towns.  We have students with the capabilities, now we’re giving them additional help.”

Both Superintendent Gregory Tatum and Board President McDowell took a moment to thank former Board President Vito Nufrio and former Vice President David Arminio.  “These gentlemen set fine examples as to what the President of this Board should be doing.  Thank you both,” said McDowell.