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New Hoboken School Board Members Sworn in, Gold Appointed President

The Hoboken Board of Education held its annual re-organization meeting on Monday, for the first time in January.

Tom Kluepfel, Jean Marie Mitchell and Ruth McAllister were sworn in as school board members on Monday night.

Mitchell returns for the second time — she served for a year in 2010 — and McAllister started her second term. Kluepfel is starting his first term on the board.

For the first time in three years, the board also has a new president. Leon Gold, a member of the Kids First coalition, will be taking over the gavel from Rose Marie Markle.

Markle has served the board as president for the past three years. McAllister was re-appointed as board vice president.

The board members all took their oath and the code of ethics was read into the record by the board secretary. A good reminder, McAllister said, of what a board member is supposed to do.

"You serve your weakest constituents," McAllister said on Tuesday morning. "And that is especially true for the board of ed."

In the coming months, McAllister said, that the board will discuss the "school configuration," which could mean that the district will adopt the middle school model. Before that happens, however, the community can expect public meetings in which the different options will be laid out, McAllister said.

CuriousGal January 16, 2013 at 12:57 AM
ThisMeansWar says----- KF hasn't lost "since elections moved to November"???LMAO--- what has then been, 70 days ago? and then ThisMeansWarsays I'm disingenuous? Ridiculous. Kids First won the election but a quick examination of the results clearly show there were more "no" votes for KF than affirmative votes (translation: Waiters was a clear "old Hoboken" vote whose supporters could not bring themselves to vote for any of the Move Forward team or any of the KF candidates...for whatever reason). They didn't win because more votes were cast-- they won because of bullet voting by many of the same people who voted in Biancamano, Kearns, and Garcia the year before. NP - Thomas KLUEPFEL 4,259 17.10% NP - Jean Marie MITCHELL 4,097 16.45% NP - Ruth McALLISTER 4,216 16.93% NP - Anthony OLAND 3,499 14.05% NP - Elizabeth MARKEVITCH 4,019 16.14% NP - Felice K. VAZQUEZ 3,481 13.98% NP - Patricia WAITERS 1,284 5.16%
bubbles January 16, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Yeah! That's it. You tell em Gal. As always, you and Madison are pure genius. Kids First didn't win, we got lots of ways to explain why. We got Cryan's letter in telling how the vote count was bogus, then we got us some mathematically impossible situation goin and now we're runnin with the whole idea of there are always 9000 voters who vote for school board. Keep it goin peeps. Kids First did not win..Kids First did not win... If we say it enough, maybe the voters will believe.
bubbles January 16, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Hold on there boy- peitions for mayor are out now. Carmelo would have to be fired pretty darn quickly for that to happen. Let's not get ahead of ourselves. Btw, kudos on the whole there aint more kindergarteners thang- Pure genius. We're stickin with the Kids First did not win , Zimmer hates bnr and any smear, lies and decit you can pull, platform for now. Will get back to you with new strategy when it is decided upon. Keep up the great work. One more thang- remember- smear lies and spin. If ya aint doin that, ya aint doin a good job. As you were....
CuriousGal January 17, 2013 at 12:22 AM
"Kids First won the election..." -CuriousGal 7:10 am on Wednesday, January 16, 2013
ThisMeansWar January 17, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Why are you wasting your time here inventing reasons other than turnout for why your BOE ticket lost? You have all that reading to do.

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