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New Bernards School Board Member is Former Cedar Hill PTO Co-President

Board member for year-long spot on board is chosen from among seven applicants.

Karen Richman, who will fill a spot on the board through the resignation of Audrey Shewyn, was sworn onto the Bernards Board of Education on Jan. 27. By Linda Sadlouskos
Karen Richman, who will fill a spot on the board through the resignation of Audrey Shewyn, was sworn onto the Bernards Board of Education on Jan. 27. By Linda Sadlouskos
With the choice of seven applicants, and after interviewing six of them on Monday night, the Bernards Township Board of Education chose former Cedar Hill School PTO co-president Karen Richman to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of former board vice president Audrey Sherwyn earlier this month.

Richman will fill Sherwyn's term through the end of 2014. She then has the option of either running for the final year of Sherwyn's term, or seeking a full three-year position on the nine-member township school board.

After hearing the applicants, and emerging from a closed session, Board Member Linda Wooldridge nominated Richman. Wooldridge pointed to Richman's volunteer experience and said the newest board member also had worked with the school administration on a variety of projects.

Board member Michael Byrne abstained from voting for Richman, but the others voted for her appointment.

Richman was immediately sworn onto the board, and expressed thanks for being selected.

Following the meeting, she said she was former newsletter editor at the Cedar Hill Elementary School, and also had been co-president of the Parent Teacher Organization at that school for three years.

Richman added she also was Cedar Hill's representative to the district curriculum committee.

She added she is interested in working with the different school PTOs and also on the district curriculum committee.

"I am very excited to be part of [the board]," she said, added she would fill in where needed.

Richman said she has two children, one a fifth grader at Cedar Hill School and the other an eighth grader at the William Annin Middle School.

Board President Robin McKeon said that selecting one board member had been a difficult choice.  

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