(Wayne, NJ) – The Wayne Board of Education reorganized on Thursday, January 2nd, and selected Cathy Kazan as President and Suzanne Pudup as Vice President. The Board also welcomed new trustee Dawn Kumar, who was sworn in and seated. Incumbents Michael Bubba and Suzanne Pudup were also sworn in after their successful re-election campaigns in November.
Mrs. Kazan has been serving as a trustee since 2014 and has been the chair of a number of committees as well as an active member of the New Jersey School Boards Association Legislative Committee. Mrs. Kazan is also active with the Passaic County School Boards Association where she continues to serve as Vice President.
After the meeting, Mrs. Kazan commented, “I am thankful to my colleagues for moving ahead with a new method of democratically electing our leadership and I look forward to working with my colleagues and administration for a successful remainder of this school year.”
Mrs. Pudup is a 37 year resident of the community and a recently retired Wayne educator, serving most recently as Lafayette Elementary School Librarian. She has served as a trustee of the Board of education since 2017 and she is a tireless supporter of the Wayne Township Public Schools. Mrs. Pudup commented, “The Board, the administration, staff, and students have already established an excellent track record and we look to maintain our success through the new decade.”
Mrs. Kumar is a former Wayne Hills High School Chemistry Teacher. She is a graduate from Seton Hall University and holds an M.A. in Education and a B.S. in Biochemistry with an American Chemical Society Certification. Dawn enriched her understanding of educational best practices through her fellowship at Columbia University’s Summer Research Program for science teachers. After the reorganization meeting, Kumar said, “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Board of Education. I am grateful for the support and I hope to continue to make the Wayne schools better.”