Mordecai Named Board of Education President

Sandra Mordecai was voted president after being sworn in with new board member Mark Robertson at Monday's reorganization meeting.

Sandra Mordecai was chosen as president by other board members at the board of education reorganization meeting Monday, according to a report from the Alternative Press.

The report states Mordecai was voted unanimously by other members of the board to assume the role of president.

Mordecai has been a member of the board since April 2010, according to the school district website. Mordecai was sworn in for another term on the board at Monday's meeting, along with new board member Mark Robertson, and was then voted president.

This will be Mordecai's second term on the board.

The report further states that board member Laura Lab was unanimously voted vice-president by other members of the board.

Lab has been a member of the board since 2008 and was a past president from April 2011 to December 2012, according to the West Orange School District website.

Megan Brill, who had served on the board of education since 2007, did not seek re-election this past November election and was honored for her time with the board at the meeting, according to the report.

Brill had been serving as vice-president on the board before her term expired.
Adam Kraemer January 07, 2014 at 07:39 PM
I wish Sandra well and president of the BOE. The BOE has to change as taxes are high and academic are not that place they should be at. I hope she can implement positive change. I hope she can lead the BOE to the next big challenge and that is to pick a good lead for our schools and the interim superintendent only has a limited amount of time left to serve.
Mickey Russo January 08, 2014 at 09:05 AM
Change needs to start from within the BOE, especially Central Office. There are a lot of directors and supervisors who only got their jobs due to politicking and cronyism. There is a lot of waste and fraud there, you have to follow the money. I wish Ms. Mordecai the best of luck in her new role, but she will face an uphill battle fighting the Tarnoff machine.
Vicki Russo January 08, 2014 at 11:11 AM
Congrats to Sandra, Mark & Laura for their positions on the WO BOE. First priority is getting a new School Supt and I agree carefully spending the taxpayers money is also a priority. WO home owners cannot afford more increases in the school taxes so the BOE should move funds around to utilize the best use of our money. I am confident Sandra and the other BOE members are well aware of this concern for the town of West Orange. Good Luck will all these huge initiatives in 2014.
john anthony prignano January 08, 2014 at 03:41 PM
Ms. Mordecai voted yes on the most recent budget. I don't think she ever was truly at odds in matters of substance with other board members. She certainly is not at odds with them now. No where in her re - election platform did she say or even infer that there is a problem with the number of employees and/or their compensation - she approved the most recently - settled teachers' contract. Mr. Robertson said," We want the best teachers, so we're going to have to stay competitive with other districts if we want to keep attracting the best." Cronyism, nepotism, waste, untouchables, political correctness, LESS AND LESS INSTRUCTIONAL TIME??? Ms. Mordecai has not shown any willingness to take on The Machine. Depicting Ms. Mordecai as an outsider or the taxpayers' champion or someone who rages against the machine at her own peril, does not make her any of those things.
john anthony prignano January 09, 2014 at 11:52 PM
Micky Russo wrote"There are a lot of directors and supervisors who only got their positions due to politicking and cronyism" There were 2 new positions created in the most recent teachers' contract; John Mckeon's very close friend Tynia Thommasie is now the District Technology Integrated Specialist. The other position is Teacher - In - Charge, in school suspension and conflict resolution. At the time this article appeared, that position had not been filled. In addition to 8.25% salary increases over the three year life of the contract, stipends will rise 2.75% in years one and three of the contract. Naturally,there is a surfeit of stipends available.The board is doing all it can to have the taxpayers pay for the teachers increased health care contribution and still give the teachers higher overall monetary compensation. What's THE RULE? GIVE YOUR FRIENDS MONEY! The biggest lie ever told to the American people is " Democrats are for the poor people" Anyone who doesn't think the inmates have taken over the asylums has,in two ways, lost their faculties.
john anthony prignano January 09, 2014 at 11:56 PM
Based on past contracts, I would think that those 8.25% and 5.5% raises are compounded, too.
Mickey Russo January 10, 2014 at 09:40 AM
John Anthony Prignano wrote: "There were 2 new positions created in the most recent teachers' contract; John Mckeon's very close friend Tynia Thommasie is now the District Technology Integrated Specialist. The other position is Teacher - In - Charge, in school suspension and conflict resolution." The former position is a joke, I don't believe that she teaches anything other than having the teacher benefits and schedule while working at Central Office, aka "The Ivory Tower." This is just another example of cronyism and politicking at its' best! The latter position, I am not too sure about. They also created a new position of "Elementary School Assistant Principal" who "floats" between the schools. I have no idea what this person does, but I am sure that they get paid handsomely for the privilege. It is really a shame as to what goes on in the schools. Good people have given up hope, bad people are being rewarded. In the end, it is the students who suffer, but the word student is never used in the district.
john anthony prignano January 10, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Mickey Russo Great comments. All true. The public schools do not exist to educate children, and School Board members { Megan Brill, Andrew Brafman, Laura Lab, James Quinn, etc. etc.} are well compensated for their efforts, both directly and indirectly.
john anthony prignano January 10, 2014 at 02:06 PM
Mickey Russo Your final comment is so true. 2012 Middle School test scores; Liberty , grade 7 - 55% passed Language Arts Literacy, and 40% passed math. grade 8, 85% passed L.A.L., 70% passed math, and 83% passed science , Roosevelt grade 7, 68% passed L.A.L., and 60% passed math. Grade 8, 88% passed L.A.L., 61% passed math,and 77% passed science. Edison 6, 60% passed L.A.L.and 74% passed math.Donna Rando makes $200,000 a year and has been in the district for 15 years. At the time she was hired, she had no experience in public education and was not Highly Qualified. What business executive with a profound record of failure like hers wouldn't have been told years ago to clean out his or her desk? Instead, every year she gets a salary increase. $200,000 a year plus great benefits! The High School girls soccer coach is an active West Orange police officer who has been granted a waiver to accommodate his coaching responsibilities. There's a shortage of police officers? SO WHAT. His 2 year combined record is 7 wins, 30 losses.The public schools do not exist to educate children.


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