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Pasternak Resigns from Board of Education

Jean Pasternak resigns to focus on family matters leaving a seat open on the board.

The Millburn Board of Education accepted the resignation of board member Jean Pasternak at Monday night's meeting, school officials said Tuesday. 

District Communications Coordinator Nancy Dries said Pasternak was resigning to focus on family and other personal reasons. 

Pasternak, who has served on the board for the past two years, submitted her letter of resignation to the district's business administrator, Steven DiGeronimo, on Friday Feb. 7.

The school board will place an ad in the Item newspaper for interested residents to submit a letter to DiGeronimo.

Pasternak’s term expires in 2014.

A Fan February 19, 2013 at 04:50 AM
When your school body's culture allows people to challenge ideas, suggestions, and plans, you create an organization of thinking, committed people capable of producing the kind of innovation and productivity required to succeed today. However, if your culture does not allow dissent, if people who suggest alternatives are castigated for not being "team players", you produce an environment of fear, stagnation, and antipathy. Not allowing appropriate dissent will kill your entity. A culture where differing opinions are encouraged leads to success. Be wary of leaders who surround themselves with individuals who are so similar to themselves that they can't offer a different perspective; with people who are so afraid that they won't dissent. Reward creativity and original thought.
Sophie February 19, 2013 at 05:33 AM
Hi Not a Fan, It is no nice to hear your point of views here on Patch and it does appear that you know lots about our board of education. Could you possibly be one of our illustrious board members writing here under the nom de plume of Not a Fan? How mysterious and wonderful that would be! I did attend one board meeting and it was painful to watch. Many of those poor board members appear to have deep-seated and unresolved anger issues. It was just awkward to witness them act all this out in public. I was half expecting to see a therapist come up and give each a hug and tell them to breathe deeply. I really did feel for them and I hope they work out their issues soon. Maybe Ms. Pasternak is onto something. Don't you think that it would be a service to the community and the individual board members if the entire board follows her example and resigns? It would give those poor board members the time they need to heal.
J March 04, 2013 at 07:26 PM
(A) No one used the word hero and (B) Jean's "agenda" was to represent one of the voices that is constantly drowned out or ignored by the BOE. Perhaps after having first-hand experience with the BOE's "style" and culture Jean became understandable frustrated. Based on the number of people that have attended and spoken up at BOE meetings, Jean is certainly not alone in her differences with the BOA. But perhaps we should all just 'drink the Kool-Aid' and agree w/ and follow along with whatever the majority of the BOE believes. Really?
J March 04, 2013 at 07:27 PM
Believe what you want, but there are a number of reasons and examples why we need more Jean Pasternacks on the BOE. And to suggest that Jean was to blame for making BOE meetings painful to attend, it's absurd. Those meetings have been painful to attend for tens of years (because that's how long I've lived in the area and on occasion attended them). What I've found painful...no extremely frustrating is watching BOE members with a 'higher than mighty' attitude who refuse to operate in a transparent way, and dig into and report on some of the alarming practices that are taking place right under their noses. Example: The prevalence of (potential) legal action taking place against the high school because of case miss-handling and (alleged) cover-ups by the Guidance Depart; occurrences of bullying that are covered-up by pressuring students into believing that they somehow brought on their being mistreated by another student; and the number of students who are simply passed along through the system with the belief that the parents should simply go get their child a tutor (and that they can even afford one). And that's just the tip of the iceberg, and Dr. Crisfield is well aware of it.
Katarina March 05, 2013 at 03:19 AM
She did not go along with the majority because she represented the interests of the community and students; she understood who put her in office. The rest of them show time and time again they represent the interests of the employees over community and students (e.g.they took away your century-old right to vote on the school budget, remember "Not a Fan" or did that conveniently slip your mind?).


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