WESTFIELD, NJ-- Prior to the bond referendum to install new roofs in the school district passing, the Westfield Board of Education held their last meeting of the year Tuesday night. As board members anxiously waited the results of the vote, the evening was filled with emotion as many people said goodbye to long-tenured board member Jane Clancy.
Clancy, who served on the board since 2006, had a great impact on the community and everyone she worked with. Clancy chaired the Facilities Committee for several years and served on the Policies, Long Range Planning and Community Outreach Negotiations committees.
“I feel so fortunate to live in this town,” Clancy said. “I leave this board with every ounce of confidence that our childrens' education and future is in the best of hands.”
Board President Richard Mattessich said she will be sorely missed and he treasures the time he spent working with her. He thanked her for the dedication and commitment she displayed towards the community and said she helped enhance the district in many ways.
“You never once were looking for things,” Mattessich said. “You were simply looking for ways to do what is right for the students in our district. Your direction is driven by what is right for everyone in town, not just those that are the loudest.”
An emotional Clancy said she spent many nights trying to think of the best way to thank the board. She said if it wasn’t for the strong support of her family, she wouldn’t have been able to succeed.
She said being on the board wasn’t the easiest job, but she learned not every person may like their decisions, but they were always doing what’s best for the town. Clancy also said there are three myths to being on the Board of Education--that they are paid, that they don’t take community input seriously and that their children reap benefits of them being on the board.
“Our decisions affect everyone,” she said
In other business, Auditor Robert Morrison spoke to the board about his findings. He issued two reports on initial examinations. One evaluated the district’s internal control of overall financial reporting on an overall basis and the other was compliance with external operations.
Morrison said they followed transactions from inception to culmination and found nothing wrong with internal controls and they also found the board to have a functioning internal control system. He conducted 30 to 40 compliance tests during the audit, but found no proof of non-compliance. He had no recommendations and they were happy with the results.
“We were very satisfied with the compliance,” he said.
The reorganization meeting will be held Jan. 3 where new members Lucy Biegler and J. Brendan Galliagn will be sworn in.