The four newly elected board of education members were sworn in by Business Administrator/Board Secretary Nicole Sylvester at the Netcong Board of Education (BOE) reorganization meeting on Jan. 5. Taking the oath were: David Costanzo, the top vote getter, serving a three year term; Timothy Domick, serving a three year term; Kerri Santalucia, serving a three year term; Kelly Stephens, serving a one year term.
The other business of the reorganization meeting was to select the leadership for 2016. The Netcong BOE chose Costanzo to take the gavel for the first time as president. Costanzo brings a family history of educators and a strong business sense. He was nominated by Todd Morton and won the vote 5-4.
Assuming the vice president position was Morton, who has been on the board for seven years.
Working closely with the community and borough are key factors Costanzo wants to ensure are continued. Board committees were set up as well as community liaisons. A follow up Board Retreat will also be scheduled.
“I am excited to embark on this leadership opportunity,” says Costanzo. “My intent is to keep us focused on our main functions of being a board of education. I also want to begin to think of our long-term planning regarding finances, facilities, and staffing, for the ultimate goal of improving student achievement. I am a lifelong Netcong resident with deep family roots here. I am in this for the long haul and am determined to continue my service by giving back to the educational community who helped shape me into the man I am. There are few districts and communities like Netcong. Our administrators, staff, parents, students, and community is special because we all take a part in the success and support of one another.”
Costanzo will assume the Netcong Board of Education presidency until the Jan. 2017 Reorganization Meeting.