Southern Regional School Board Brings Back R. Scott Zoladz

Oct 18, 2017

Less than two months after longtime member Marilyn Wasilewski resigned from her post on the Southern Regional Board of Education, the board on Oct. 11 appointed the individual to fill Wasilewski’s seat until next year’s election. Following a brief process that included three candidates, former board member R. Scott Zoladz was sworn in for the vacated seat.

Zoladz had served on the board from 2007 to 2010 as one of the Long Beach Island representatives, including a year as board president. During the three-year term, Zoladz was part of multiple committees, including policy, capital projects/transportation and instruction/personnel, and was the negotiations committee chairman for a year, according to Superintendent Craig Henry.

“In all capacities, Scott was an involved and effective board of education member,” Henry said. “As a member of the policy committee, he devoted countless hours during the summer of 2007 to a complete overhaul and updating of the district’s policy and regulation manuals.  For the 2008-09 year, Scott was the chair of the negotiations committee and instrumental in settling two bargaining unit contracts during some very challenging financial times in which budget cuts were significant. And in Scott’s third year, he served as president and was very effective in leading both the board and the district.”

Wasilewski had resigned from the board on Aug. 18 after serving on the board for nearly 17 years, vacating her post on the basis that her grandson, Dan, was slated to be hired as a full-time social studies teacher – a development that had occurred at the beginning of August. Legalities are such that a candidate being considered as a full-time teacher cannot be hired if a family member is a sitting board member, so Wasilewski was obligated to step away from the board upon her grandson’s acceptance of the position.

Wasilewski’s seat on the board remained vacant for the Sept. 13 meeting, but Zoladz now will serve through December 2018.

Also during last week’s meeting, the board approved several clubs for the 2017-18 school year – Southern News Network’s Middle School Edition, SNN High School Studio 100 and a Japanese club. It also gave the go-ahead for National Football League Films to be on campus and work with the high school’s football staff and players in the development of a one-minute commercial titled, “Play Smart, Play Safe,” focusing on player safety and parent communication and slated to air during NFL broadcasts nationwide throughout the remainder of the NFL season. Henry said head coach Chuck Donohue Sr. and several players and parents are expected to be a part of the commercial.

— David Biggy

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