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Hopatcong School Board Member Leaves After 16 Years

Joan Reilly attended her last BOE meeting on Monday.

Proudly outspoken, school board member Joan Reilly attended the last Board of Education meeting on Monday of her 16-year tenure.

She accepted gift and well-wishes from the board and the applause from the audience, and then said she might run for an open seat next November.

Reilly was defeated for another 3-year term in November by Judith Antonelli, who will be sworn into office in January along with incumbents Clifford Lundin and Dolores Krowl.

Reilly was an active volunteer on many local boards and services.

“It was an honor to serve you for these 16 years, Reilly said. “I was always outspoken. You know how I feel.”

Lundin said he first met Reilly in 1973 when he was running for Borough Council, and visited her to examine an erosion problem in her yard.

“She has always been outspoken about education,”  Lundin said. “She acted to do what was best for the borough schools.”

The board also reviewed the annual budget  audit for the 2011-2012 school year

The auditors from Nicivoccia said there were no procedural flaws or errors in the district’s budget process.

The audit outlined the 2012 budget plan.

The district had  a $39.1 million budget for the 2011-2012, and raised $22.6 million through local taxes.  The district spent $9.8 million on regular instruction and $4.5 million on special education instruction.  Pupil transportation cost $1.9 million, it cost $4.1 million to operate and maintain the schools and school properties and the district budgeted $8.99 million for benefits.

Lundin said that there will be a public meeting on the start of a search for a replacement for Superintendent Charles Maranzano at 7 p.m. Jan. 10 at the high school.

Maranzano is retiring at the end of the current school year in June.

Lundin said the meeting will be conducted  by the New Jersey School Board’s Association, which is advising the district on its search.

Kevin Natale December 19, 2012 at 10:11 AM
Good luck Joan your time has come to pass on the torch new blood is good
The "Original" Hopatcong Mom December 19, 2012 at 08:50 PM
New blood is good, but so is "seasoned blood"...Joan knew how the schools ran in the 80's & 90's when her husband was Board President, she knew how great our schools were when her children came thru the district and now with her grandchildren in district she knew the schools were not the same....She was was of the few who could've helped Hopatcong be the school it was in "the day"...she knew what worked and where we went wrong (including voting her out over a more stubbord board member, who should have never been voted on inthe first place)! I mean really...how many position in town is one person really allowed to hold at one time? Isn't that a conflict of interest? Anyway Joan...I hope you DO run again next year...
Kimberly December 19, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I have know "Mrs. Reilly" since I was a little girl. And although some people may not have "agreed" with her, I thought she was a great person on our Board. For 16 years she had the knowledge of what worked and didn't work, unfortunately, since she was not President, I feel sometimes her words fell on deaf ears!! They did on Monday...I was appalled by the actions of our Board President who thought he was being a comedian and failed...BIG TIME during the meeting when Joan was voicing her opinion on the calendar issue (which she was correct) and Mr. Lundin made a remark that "it didn't matter what she thought as it was her last meeting anyway", it had to be one of the rudest things I have heard said about another adult in a public forum of 2 people who should be working together! Another board member had an almost similar reaction but without words...Joan saying her "peace" and Mrs. Perrotti rolling her eyes....it was embarrassing as a member of the community seeing them tear apart one of their own...with age comes wisdom! How can the board EVER make a clear, rational, educated decision when you cannot even listen to each other? I for one, hope Joan runs again because as I did this year, I will vote for her. She knows how great Hopatcong once was and I think she has valuable input to make it a desirable area once again....
kevin December 19, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Shes a good women she did a great job i didnt mean to offend anyone didnt mean it like that just thought it would be good to get new ideas in the schools. its good she can finally wnjor her retirement
qftl60 December 22, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Mr. Lundin should have been voted out - do not understand why he is still in the position of president - I have been to several Board meetings and cannot understand how his condescending attitude or his rudeness is tolerated. The Board is in the employ of the people of this community - therefore their opinions and thoughts should be heard and received in a professional manner regardless of the opinions of one or more Board members. Since he is the "President" it would behoove him to present a better role model for the rest of the Board as it is only natural for them to follow his lead.
BeachBum December 22, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Lundin needs to level the disaster of a house on Maxim Drive - Great Appearance for the town, disgusting!

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