School board preparesfor budget talks

Lou Possemato named president after

board’s new members sworn in
By:Krzysztof Scibiorski
   The Board of Education’s new president, Lou Possemato, said board memebrs will be focused on upcoming budget negotiations with the Township Committee .
   During Monday night’s reorganization meeting, board members voted unanimously to elect Mr. Possemato as the board’s president. Mr. Possemato replaces Edward Plaskon who served as the board’s president during the last year.
   Mr. Possemato, who joined the board in the fall of 1999, has been a leader of the township’s senior citizen community and a member of the board’s Long Range Planning Committee.
   Neal Hudes, who was appointed to the board in September of 2001, and was the top vote-getter in last week’s six-candidate race for three three-year seats, was elected the board’s vice president.
   Four first-time board members were sworn in before the deserted seats of the high school’s auditorium. David Kanaby and Wolf Schneider will serve three-year terms along with Mr. Hudes. John Lisowski Jr. is joining the board for a two-year term and Christopher Pulsifer won the race for the one-year term.

‘We hope to do the best that we can as a board with our most pressing problem — the budget situation.’

— Lou Possemato,
school board president

   "I’m looking forward to the year, and I hope to satisfy the public, the parents and the students," Mr. Possemato said. "We hope to do the best that we can as a board with our most pressing problem — the budget situation."
   Mr. Possemato also announced new committee assignments for the board members, with Steve Sloan remaining as the head of the finance committee, Loren Lemelle continuing as the chair of negotiations, and Mr. Plaskon taking over the facilities committee chair, vacated when Blair Meiser was defeated in the April 16 election.
   Following the brief meeting the board went into closed session to discuss the upcoming budget negotiations with the Township Committee, after last week’s defeat of the proposed $81 million school budget.