WESTFIELD, NJ – Following the resignations of two members, the Westfield Board of Education is seeking applicants to serve through the end of the year.

Charles Ostroff, who was re-elected in November, resigned earlier this week citing work commitments and Lynn Benner, who was elected in 2017, also stepped down this week, the school district announced Wednesday.

Ostroff cited work-related conflicts and said he is “saddened” he can no longer serve on the board.

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“I am grateful for my time on the board and for the people who I have met during my tenure,” Ostroff said in the news release.

Benner said her decision to resign was not an easy one.

“In the past year, I have enjoyed and learned much from the collaboration with my fellow board members and Superintendent [Margaret] Dolan,” Benner said. “I have witnessed the dedication and respect with which the board provided the greatest educational rewards to the Westfield community.”

Westfield residents interested in applying to fill the vacant seats should submit their resume or letter of intent to Board Secretary Dana Sullivan. It can be mailed to Westfield Public Schools, 302 Elm St., Westfield, NJ 07090 by 4 p.m. on Jan. 31.

To be considered, persons must be:

  • A citizen of the United States of America
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Able to read and write
  • A resident of Westfield
  • A registered voter in Westfield

The board is anticipated to vote on the new members following a Feb. 5 closed session meeting at which candidates will be interviewed, officials said.

The election for an unexpired one-year term for Benner’s seat and for the two-year remainder of Ostroff’s term will be held Nov. 5.

Board President Peggy Oster thanked Benner and Ostroff for their service.

“The contributions Mr. Ostroff and Mrs. Benner have made to the board and to the students of Westfield have been tremendous,” Oster said. “Both have volunteered considerable time and expertise to maintain the tradition of excellence in Westfield Public Schools.”

Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh