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Westfield Board of Ed Welcomes New Members, New Principal of Tamaques

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Robert Garrison, Charles Ostroff and Gretchen Ohlig are sworn in to the Westfield Board of Education on Tuesday. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Charles Ostroff was elected on Nov. 3, 2015. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Robert Garrison was elected on Nov. 3. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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Individual members of the Westfield Marching Band are awarded for their  championship. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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The Westfield Blue Devils State Champion Football Team is recognized by Gretchan Ohlig and Superintendent Margaret Dolan. Credits: Michael Bruchert
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WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Board of Education ushered in the new year Tueday night at Roosevelt Intermediate School by welcoming two new members, voting in a new president and vice president and introducing the new principal of Tamaques Elementary School.

After being officially sworn in, Robert Garrison and Charles Ostroff joined the board in the inaugural meeting of 2016, helping elect Gretchan Ohlig as the new president and Peggy Oster as vice president.

Ohlig, who joined the board in 2012, thanked her comrades for the vote of confidence and expressed excitement for the new role.

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The board celebrated the achievements of both the Westfield High School Marching Band, who won a national championship, and Varsity Football Team, who won a state championship, in 2015.

Ohlig and the board members also congratulated David Duelks in becoming the principal of Tamaques Elementary. Duelks, who recounted childhood memories in Westfield, served as assistant principal of Edison School after 13 years as a physical education teacher. Recently, he became interim president of Tamaques in place of Michael Cullen.

“To the Tamaques community, I promise nobody will work harder than me,” Duelks said.

The board presented information regarding the proposed bond referendum again, reminding the public of the election taking place Jan. 26, 2016. Mark Friedman announced there will be information sessions about the bond prior to the vote.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 302 Elm St. with a workshop afterward.

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