Thursday, January 16, 2014


On January 7th, 2014 the Hoboken Board of Education held their re-organization meeting.  Irene Sobolov and Leon Gold were each sworn in to serve another three-year term and Jennifer Evans was sworn in to serve her first term on the board.  They took their Oath of Office and were seated to conduct board business alongside Ruth McAllister, Jean Marie Mitchell, Tom Kluepfel and Peter Biancamano.  (Frances Rhodes-Kearns and Carmelo Garica were absent)

The first order of business was to elect the President and Vice President of the board.  Leon Gold was re-elected board President and Ruth McAllister was re-elected Vice President, roles that they each held this past year.

Congratulations to Leon, Irene and Jen.  I know you will serve the district well.

You can find the entire agenda for the meeting here.

There are more changes to happen to the composition of the board.  On Tuesday, January 14 long time Board of Education member, Carmelo Garcia was sworn in as the 33rd district Assemblyman thus forcing his resignation. New Jersey State law states that an individual cannot hold two elected positions therefore Mr. Garcia can no longer serve out the remainder of his term which expires November 2014 along with the terms of Frances Rhodes-Kearns and Peter Biancamano.  

The board is comprised of nine publicly elected board members who serve three-year terms and every year three seats are up for election during a Citywide election held in November.  In place is a board policy for filling vacant seats through an application and interview process.  Whoever is appointed to the vacant seat by the board will serve the remainder of Carmelo Garcia's term.  

Here is a link to the policy describing the specific process that will take place.


  1. Congratulations Leon, Irene and Jen.

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