State Board of Ed To Meet Friday To Elect Temporary Leader As New Members Possibly Seated

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The State Board of Education will hold a special meeting Friday to elect a president pro tem, following last week’s  replacement of the current Board President Mark Biedron.

Biedron, who joined the board in 2011, was replaced from the panel last week when the state Senate confirmed his replacement, Mary Elizabeth Gazi, an attorney with Dughi, Hewitt & Domalewski, which previously employed the Governor (State Board President’s Replacement Approved, June 23, 2017)

Friday’s meeting to elect a temporary board president will be held at 9 a.m. via teleconference. Members of the public can listen to the meeting in the first floor conference room at the Department of Education, 100 River View Plaza, Trenton.

The meeting may be the first for three new state board members who were approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.  All three are expected to be approved by the full Senate on June 29.  The three are:

  • Joseph L. Ricca, Jr., Ed.D., of Morristown, to replace Claire Chamberlain Eckert, resigned.
  • Nedd James Johnson, Ed.D., of Pittsgrove, to replace Ilan Plawker, deceased.
  • Mary Beth Berry, of Clinton, to replace Robert P. Haney, Jr., resigned.