SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015, 1:32 PM
BY MATTHEW SCHNEIDER
STAFF WRITER |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS
This week’s Board of Education (BOE) meeting featured public interviews with six residents who are hoping to fill a vacant seat.
The position opened when longtime board trustee Michele Lenhard resigned last month.
Seven candidates were scheduled to interview, though only six attended Monday’s meeting.
The BOE will make a selection at its Oct. 5 meeting, according to board president Sheila Brogan.
The first candidate to interview, Nicole Richards, stressed that her background as a businesswoman would be integral to her work if she were appointed to the board.
The second candidate, Michael Zuckerman, explained that his experiences as the son of a board of education member give him insight into what the job requires.
Theresa C. Anzano
The third candidate, Theresa C. Anzano, pointed to things she disapproves of about the board, and gave an impassioned defense of local autonomy in regards to education.
The fourth candidate, Alexandra Harwin, explained that her experience as a civil rights attorney would help her to work out a solution with the teachers if appointed to the board.
The fifth candidate, Dana Costache, a native of Romania, explained that she has become disillusioned with the college process that the United States offers, since some people with college degrees are being denied jobs for which they are qualified.
Jennie Smith Wilson
The sixth and final candidate, Jennie Smith Wilson, explained that she would rely on her numerous years of public service for help were she appointed to the board position. She is currently on the Zoning Board of Adjustment and a board member of the Ridgewood Education Foundation.