New Year, New BOE Two new members take the oath of office, Ronnie Konner is elected president, as the school board ushers in 2017.

Samantha Messer and George Shen were sworn in as new members of the Livingston Board of Education as the school board ushered in the new year with its reorganization meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Ronnie Konner, a retired teacher with long experience on the board, was elected to serve as president. Mrs. Messer and Mr. Shen bring a fresh look to the challenges facing the schools as they join the senior members at the table. Pamela Chirls, who was elected vice president, Konner, and Buddy August, have nearly 30 years of board experience. “We recognize that it is our responsibility as elected BOE members, not to run the schools, but to see that they are well run,” said Mrs. Konner in prepared remarks.

Mrs. Konner recognized the efforts of past and current board members who have helped elevate Livingston as a district “second to none in the achievements of our students academically, as well as in the arts and athletics. Students here are able to explore various interests and pursue them both in and out of the classroom.”

The ceremony was witnessed by a roomful of dignitaries, including Essex County Freeholder Patricia Sebold; Livingston’s new mayor Shawn Klein and members of the township council; school principals, administrators and teachers; community leaders; and family and friends of the school board members.

Livingston Public Schools, Livingston, New Jersey


Marilyn Joyce Lehren

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