The Board of Education in Millburn and Short Hills, NJ is an elected group of residents who are typically an eclectic group of well-educated professionals, and most often a parent of a past or present student of the local public school system. They hold meetings twice a month and the hours of operation at the Education Center are: Mon – Fri, 8:30am – 4:30pm. They supervise the running of the Millburn Public School System with comprises a total of 4,751 students in seven schools.
“Millburn High School is a national Blue Ribbon School, and New Jersey Monthly rated it New Jersey’s top high school in 2008. Millburn Middle School has been named a Benchmark School of Excellence for five straight years.”
The most recent election in April 2010, with results reported below, shows the new board for 2010 and yes, a school budget was just passed. In a community known for it’s public school system, and one of the main reasons why the town remains appealing to transferees and families with school age children, it is not unusualy to find some controversy.
Board of Education (unofficials; does not include provisional ballots)
- Lise P. Chapman, 1,792, 25.51%
- Michael Birnberg, 1,549, 22.05%
- Rona Wenik, 1,414, 20.13%
- Manish C. Shah, 1,132, 16.11%
- Amy Justice, 1,101, 15.67%
The budget was a clear winner in every district except one. Residents who voted at the Community Congregational Church were the only ones to vote against the proposed budget by nearly 20 votes.
No vote is without debate and a common element of Board Meetings over the decades has been almost like a bipartisan division in philosophy. As usual there are opposing views of residents who complain about spending and taxes.
Here is the full article from the local Patch news
The Board of Education will hold a public hearing Monday night on James A. Crisfield’s contract to serve as the next superintendent for the Millburn School District.
He will take over as the district’s superintendent on July 1 after Schools Supt. Richard Brodow retires. Brodow announced last May he would retire after eight years with the district.
Dr. Crisfield hails from the Warren School district where he has served as the Superintendent since 2004. He first worked as the assistant, and before that he was a business administrator in the East Hanover Board of Education and before that a teacher at the high school in Summit, NJ.
The Board of Education presented Crisfield as its choice as the next superintendent in February. State law, however, forced the school board to wait until after the school election to appoint him as the next superintendent officially.
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