WEST LONG BRANCH: The Jan. 2 West Long Branch Board of Education meeting went off as scheduled at 6 p.m. One new member and three returning members were sworn in and the 2018 officers were elected; the usual scene for this event each January.
The WLB Spartans were also in the building with the Oceanport Chargers in an evening basketball competition in the gym. The court was okay for playing as the contractors working on emergency repairs were able to make a patch after a sprinkler pipe had burst that afternoon. More is needed and will be complete this month when parts are secured.
Since it was strictly an organizational meeting for the board, the Spartans enjoyed a larger crowd, with the players on both teams really excited.
Meanwhile the BOE meeting went on in the Media Center room. The BOE had work to do.
A new member, Michael Waters was introduced and later was first to be sworn in. He was joined by his children in a photo of the ceremony. The family has lived in the borough for 3 1/2 years and all are in the school system, two at Betty McElmon and one at Frank Antonides. Waters is the principal at Keyport High School. He has 20 years in education, teaching physical education. Ten of those years have been in administrative positions.
BOE Business and Boards Secretary Corey Lowell helped with the proceedings. Meaghan Cavanaugh, Paul Christopher and Lauren Gassman were the trio of returning members.
Before the vow-taking Erin K. Hegglin was elected President for 2018, replacing Brian Kramer. Brian moved over at the meeting table as he was elected Vice President replacing Dr. Paul Christopher. Erin did the swearing in for Mr. Waters, Dr. Christopher and Ms. Gassman. The other 2018 board members are: Meaghan Cavanaugh, Tracey Cistaro, Patricia Bambach-McLaughan and Christine Skellinger.
The detailed list of subjects, mostly administrative, were reviewed. A question was raised about why the school needed dental services. The matter will be perused and an answer brought to a vote at the next meeting. The reason was not readily recalled and research was deemed required.
Use of the Ferris Avenue gym was discussed and the temporary condition of the facility is on mark for completion within the first half year.
The next BOE meetings are: January 16, a Workshop, and January 23, a regular meeting.
The meeting was adjourned and a check on the basketball game determined the Chargers won by 4 points in a hard won competition.