Long Beach Island School Board Holds Reorganization Meeting

Jan 10, 2018

The Long Beach Island Board of Education met Jan. 2 for purposes of reorganization in the new year, including swearing in representatives elected in November 2017. Returning board member Georgene Hartmann of Long Beach Township and Ship Bottom’s William Fenimore, who will serve his first term on the board, took oaths at the Tuesday night meeting to officially begin their three-year tenures.

The board met with only eight members, instead of nine, because of a tie between candidates Allyn Kain and John McMenamin – running for a Surf City seat – during the general election Nov. 7. Surf City residents will have a second chance to decide borough representation on the board during a special election scheduled for Jan. 23.

Also on Tuesday, James Donahower and Collette Southwick were chosen to retain their positions as board president and vice president, respectively.

The board discussed the possibility of holding two meetings per month rather than one, as it does now, as well as whether – as per board member Bonnie Picaro’s suggestion – the meetings could be held at the LBI Grade School in Ship Bottom rather than the Ethel A. Jacobsen Elementary School in Surf City. A board vote on the latter resulted in a tie, and it was decided another vote will be held once the board seats its ninth member.

Meetings will continue to be held, one per month, at E.J., until further discussion.

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Jan. 16 in the E.J. media center. —J.K.-H.

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