Board of Education Reorganizes & Recognizes Staff and Students in January 2017

The 2017 new year brought the Board of Education’s annual Reorganization meeting. At its annual Reorganization meeting on January 3rd, 2017, the Mount Laurel Board of Education nominated Mr. Marc Jones, former Vice President, to serve as the new President and Diane Blair as Vice President of the Board.  Mr. Jones replaces Mrs. Maureen Sojka, who served as President for the past two years.  Mrs. Sojka served effectively and her leadership guided the Board through some major transitions.  For one, Mrs. Sojka served as President throughout the Board’s search for a new superintendent following former Superintendent Dr. Rath’s retirement.  The Mount Laurel Board has made some key decisions for this new year.  First, the Board eliminated their Work Session meeting in lieu of working more closely in board committees.  Outside of the board’s three operating committees, they will hold one regular scheduled meeting per month.  The three major committees of the Board are:  (1) Curriculum & Instruction; (2) Human Resources/Negotiations, and; (3) Finance.  These committees will meet once per month and more often if needed.  Please visit our Board website for a complete list of board members, board agendas, minutes, and to view special photos.

Click the following link to view Photos from the Annual Reorganization Meeting.

We plan to include both district level presentations and student recognition ceremonies whenever possible at each board meeting this year.  At the January 24th meeting we presented the District’s Violence and Vandalism and the Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Reports for the Period covering September 1, 2106 through December 31, 2016. A highlight of the meeting was when our local  Boys Scouts Troop opened the meeting by leading the board in the flag salute.

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Another highlight was when the Board of Education presented Recognition Awards to members of the Thomas E. Harrington Middle School Girls’ Soccer Team. The team went undefeated in a new league this year with a record of 11 wins and one tie, with a 34-goals scored total for the season.  In addition, the BOE presented Recognition Awards to their Coaches, Carol Hutcheon and Jennifer Rotella.

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We invite you to please take time to come out to your local Board of Education meeting each month and be a part of all the great things happening in your educational community.

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