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Carlsson said she never intended to serve through all of 2012.

President Susan Carlsson announced at the end of Monday's meeting that she will resign effective May 21, around the time she had expected to leave the board, anyway.

However, due to the school board's November, Carlsson's three year term, which previously would have expired this April, had been extended through the rest of 2012. On Tuesday, Carlsson said she is wrapping up up her sixth year on the board.

But Carlsson said Monday she is resigning anyway, and the board will need to advertise to seek a Board of Education member who can serve her term through the end of this year. That person then would have the option of seeking reelection on the November ballot.

The deadline is June 5 for filing a petition with Somerset County to be included on the ballot in November's school election, school officials have announced.

Carlsson said she no longer has children in the school district, and that she had sold her house and has been living in a rental just so she could complete her term through April. She added she will not be at the next scheduled board meeting on April 23.

Carlsson was selected as board president in April 2010 by her fellow board members. She has held the position since.

Carlsson said she is leaving town, but not the state. She said she will be relocating to her beach house at the Jersey shore.

At Tuesday's meeting, Deputy Mayor Carolyn Gaziano, who attends school board meetings as the governing body's liasion, thanked Carlsson for her service. "We have had a great working relationship, and I wish her the best," Gaziano said.

BR Mom March 27, 2012 at 11:59 AM
Hallelujah!
LCB@home March 27, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Thank you to Ms. Carlsson for all of the incredible volunteer hours that you put in over the years. The Board positions are tough - you get a ton of scrutiny - and you have to weather many storms with both the public, the unions, the administration, etc. So glad that we have had people in our community willing to put in the time for the rest of us. Best of luck to you!
amw March 28, 2012 at 04:15 AM
You are absolutely right LCB! I had the distinct pleasure of working with Susan on the board, and am grateful that I can now also call her my friend. I have never, in my 12 years on the board seen anyone who worked so selfishly and without a personal agenda to ensure the quality of our school district. Not only was this a full time job plus for Susan, it was a passion. No one will ever know the countless hours she spent (unpaid) educating herself on issues, serving on and chairing committees as well as a laison to other governing bodies - only to get beaten up by people like BR Mom who are quick to criticize and play armchair quarterback. It's a thankless job, and I hope Susan knows there are many more people out there who appreciate her committment to our community, and understand the void that we will have with her absence. Thank you Susan!
SZ March 28, 2012 at 09:49 AM
While Susan did work very hard and spent many unpaid hours serving the community, her approach could have been more effective. It's not about being friends, it's about ensuring the short term and long term educational needs of the district are met with fiscal responsibility. If I could give her some advice, it would be to defer less to the Administration through more independent critical thinking, better engagement of board/community discussion before deciding on issues, listen more to the public/less to Administration and to be a team player.
SG March 30, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Pandering and ensuring the preservation of the administrations own authority and advancement, which Ms. Carlsson wrongly assumed she was a part of. She worked rather transparently to promote them, not the system as a whole which is what SZ alluded to. And who gets lost in all the politicianing, well that would be our children. Can't we do better?
SZ March 31, 2012 at 12:52 PM
SG - Agree and yes, we can do better. The Administration's priority is the Administration and not the children of the district. Any board member who can not see this has blinders on. We need more board members with strong leadership skills so our BOE can lead, instead of being led.
Sarah May 02, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Let's hope the temporary member is not that Bev Cwerner again. She wasted tax payer money because she was a sore loser. I'm sure she'll run -- she's been complaining since the day she was voted OUT! I hope she moves on and doesn't disgrace herself and her family again.

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