Sarno, Geddes Retain Top Barnegat School Board Posts

Jan 18, 2017

Scott Sarno maintained his post as Barnegat Board of Education president at a recent reorganization meeting, and Robert Geddes will again serve as vice president.

Sarno had served on the board four years before returning to the nine-member group in 2014, while Geddes joined the board two years ago.

Christine Harashinski was also sworn in as the newest member of the nine-person group. She, Sarno and incumbent Peter Toth were victorious in the November election.

Sarno said that for the new year, the board is readying its own Junior ROTC program, scheduled to begin in September.

“Even after our high school was built (in 2004), we were still sending our students to the ROTC program at Southern (Regional High School),” he said. “The program at Barnegat will be run by the Air Force, and it should save us about $70,000 per year.”

Sarno said the board is also looking at setting up a concession stand at the high school football field.

“We don’t know what the cost is going to be yet because we’re still reviewing plans with architects,” he said. “The money comes from our capital account, which is outside the operating budget, so it won’t have an effect on the school tax rate. The funds there have been built up over the years.”

The board holds regular monthly meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the media center at Barnegat High School. —E.E.

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