NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — During its annual reorganizational meeting, the West Essex Regional Board of Education welcomed new member Raphael Stampone to represent Fairfield. Stampone begins his three-year term after receiving 128 write-in votes during the November election.

Stampone will be taking the seat previously occupied by Kristen Wells, who decided to vacate the seat after two terms.

Two incumbent board members who also began new terms and were sworn in by business administrator and board secretary Melissa Kida during the meeting. Maryadele Wojtowicz, who ran unopposed and received 1,898 votes in the recent election, will continue to represent the Borough of North Caldwell. Ann Fahey, who also ran unopposed and received 761 votes, will continue to represent the Borough of Essex Fells.

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Wojtowicz nominated board member Cynthia Egan, who served most recently as vice president, to represent the board as its president in 2019. Egan's nomination, as well as her nomination of Anthony Prinzo as vice president, we both passed unanimously.

Egan thanked her colleagues for their support and wished all a very Happy New Year.

As required, the board then moved forward adopting during consent agenda regular meeting dates, district policies, board committees and delegates and the Code of Ethics.

As the board moves through a voluntary process to become a Certificated Board, a standing set forth by the New Jersey School Board Association (NJSBA), a workshop was moderated by Charlene Peterson, NJSBA representative on the topic of “School Ethics.”

The next meeting will be held on Jan. 28.