|Hoboken Board of Education Trustee Monica Stromwall says goodbye|
GA was sorry to hear the Hoboken School District will be losing a dedicated board member, Monica Stromwall.
Ms. Stromwall made an emotional announcement at the August 16, 2016 meeting that she will be stepping down because her family is moving out-of-state.
Monica was an activist parent with two kids in the district, when she was appointed to replace Board Trustee Carmelo Garcia, in January 2014. Garcia resigned from his board seat after he was elected to the NJ Assembly.
Stromwall ran for a full term as an incumbent, and was elected with Sharyn Angley on November 4, 2014.
Stromwell's board peers praised her at the meeting, including Trustee Peter Biancamano, whose began his tribute "for someone not on the same side as, like Hoboken likes to say, as me...*"
*GA takes exception to that. If Peter reads this, there is only ONE "side" for Hoboken School Board Trustees: the district CHILDREN'S side. ALL decisions should be governed on what's best for the CHILDREN of the Hoboken District, not any elected municipal official or candidate- be it Reform or Dark Side. One's personal political ambition has no place on the Hoboken School Board.
Former board members Jean Marie Mitchell called Stromwall "articulate, and above all, passionate...... I want to offer you my biggest thanks for helping the people of this city and the children of the Hoboken schools Thank you for all of your work.""
|Former Hoboken School Board Trustee Jean Marie Mitchell|
A source tells GA, "The board has 60(?) days to fill Stromwall's vacant seat. It will be advertised and anyone can interview, which is how Monica got her spot."
Do you hear that, people?
Anyone interested in serving Hoboken's school district for the betterment of our city, here is your chance. It will take a lot of your personal time, but, the returns could not be greater.
Personally, GA hopes that one of the new 'crop' of involved residents who attend meetings, who understand district issues, who will practice good boardsmanship, respect ethics rules, who are NOT political partisans and who only hold obligation to ONE "side"- the district children- will step up.
That's what I hope. The stakes could not be higher for our city.
Thank you, Monica.