New Leadership For Jackson School Board

Allison Barocas, left, and Megan Gardella were recently sworn in to the Jackson Board of Education during its reorganization meeting. (Photo courtesy Jackson Schools)

JACKSON – The township Board of Education voted unanimously to select Giuseppe Palmeri as Board President and Tina Kas to serve as Vice President at the most recent meeting.

  During that session, Allison Barocas and incoming member Megan Gardella were sworn into three-year terms. Barocas, who was serving a one-year unexpired term on the board, and Gardella, who is beginning her first term, were sworn in by Business Administrator Michelle Richardson.

  Additionally, the Board of Education recently selected resident Brian McCarron to serve the one-year unexpired term available on the board following the resignation of Scott Sargent, who was elected to the Township Council in November.

  Thirteen candidates, including a few former Board members, submitted letters of interest to fill that vacancy. McCarron will serve on the board through the December 2023 meeting.

  Outgoing Board of Education President Michael Walsh, who didn’t run for reelection last year said during that meeting that the board was impressed by the number of applicants and their willingness to serve.

  “I was very impressed by the candidates and their qualifications who put in for this position and I wish that you would put in (a petition to run) for the position next July for the next three-year term,’’ Walsh said.

  McCarron is a former police officer and school resource officer and works as a realtor. He has been a volunteer basketball, soccer and baseball coach and serves as a volunteer with the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board in Jackson Township.

  “I am looking to help Jackson School District with maintaining its environment of safety and success,’’ McCarron wrote in his letter of interest. “I want to help keep Jackson schools a safe and engaging district for all students to learn and grow to their best self.”

  During the Board’s reorganization meeting of Jan. 5, the Board announced its meeting schedule for the year going into early 2024. Jan. 18, Feb. 15, March 15, April 26, May 17, June 28, July 19, Aug. 16, Aug 30 (at 6 p.m. at the Administration Building, 151 Don Connor Boulevard) Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15,  and Dec. 13 each to be held at  6:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center, Jackson Memorial High School.

  The Board’s Jan. 3, 2024 Reorganization meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Administration Building. There will be no live stream of this typically brief meeting. The Board’s Jan. 17, 2024 meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center, Jackson Memorial High School.