The meeting featured the swearing in of three new board members: Linda Gilch, Kia Lipscomb and Anthony Marks. The board also voted on the nominations of president and vice president. Marks was named board president and quickly thanked his fellow board members.
“I just want to thank everyone for electing me,” he said. “I look forward to working with everyone and having a great school year in 2022.”
Senior board member Mary Ann Johnson was unanimously elected vice president and kept her comments brief.
“Thank you,” she said with a smile and a gracious nod.
The rest of the board’s agenda was conducted in the executive session. Although the meeting was open to the public, no one took part in its public comments portion. Board member Elliot Wilson concluded the reorganization session with a few words on behalf of other members, urging those in attendance to remain optimistic about the future.
“Finally, as I’m sure many in the community feel stuck on this merry-go-round, dealing with this global scurry as I do, unfortunately this pandemic does not appear to be finished with us,” he said.
“Although I feel like a broken record, I continue to feel optimistic about our ability as a community to come together and support (each other) and to celebrate our successes,” added Wilson, who also spoke about continued COVID safety measures.
“Finally, please keep your masks up and your vaccinations boosted,” he implored.
As for upcoming events, Johnson said in an email to The Sun that it is too early in the school year to discuss them as things change so rapidly.
“At this point in time, I’m sure none of us are able to discuss the school year ahead because things change almost daily”, noted Johnson, who also cited safety concerns. “Since COVID is such a concern right now, and being able to educate our children in person, safely is our top priority for both students and staff.”
Gloucester Township’s next board of education meeting will take place on Jan. 22 at 6 p.m., in person at Ann Mullen Middle School.