Cedar Grove School Board Welcomes Paul A. Palek Jr. and Elects New President

In a reshuffle of the Cedar Grove School Board, Paul A. Palek Jr. was sworn in as the newly elected board member for a three-year term, and Dawn Daura was elected as the new president of the board. Following these appointments, a discussion on the scheduling of the January board meeting resulted in a change of date to January 24th to accommodate board members’ schedules.

The Cedar Grove School Board convened to induct Paul A. Palek Jr., who took the oath of office after securing 1,682 votes in the annual school election. The board expressed their confidence and welcomed him aboard, with members exchanging pleasantries and affirming his return to the board. Subsequently, nominations for board president were opened, and Dawn Daura was swiftly elected to the position, with all members voting in favor.

The vice-presidency also saw a new appointment, as Cienne Keegan received unanimous support from her fellow board members. The meeting proceeded with routine organizational items, during which an amendment was made to strike Jessica Pignatello’s name as the home instruction liaison and insert Katherine Alvarez’s instead.

A notable discussion ensued about the board meeting dates, specifically questioning the late scheduling of the January meeting, which was originally set for January 30th. Paul A. Palek Jr. raised concerns about the long interval between meetings, which could affect the board’s ability to conduct business. After deliberation and checking members’ availability, the board agreed to move the meeting to January 24th, ensuring administrative efficiency and continuity.

The meeting closed with a statement from the newly elected president, Dawn Daura, who expressed enthusiasm for the upcoming year and the board’s forthcoming initiatives. She wished a Happy New Year to all. The board then transitioned into an executive session to discuss contract matters, with no action expected to be taken that evening.

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Superintendent:
Anthony Grosso
School Board Officials:
Dawn Daura, Lou Marzullo, David Grande, Cienne Keegan, Paul A. Palek Jr., Michael DeVita (Business Administrator), Bart Pierson (Supervisor of Secondary Education 6-12), Janine Barboza (Supervisor of Elementary Education Prek-5), Kristin Massotto (Supervisor of Elementary Education PreK-4), Jessica Pignatello (Director of Special Services), Jody Inglis (CGHS Principal), Dany Estupinan (CGHS Vice Principal), Traci Dyer (North End School Principal), Lynn DiMatteo (South End School Principal), Nicholas DeCorte (MMS Principal), Derrick Chell (MMS Vice Principal), Gina Testa, Donna Lafoon, Mark Grgas, Rubino, Pace, Merklinger, Denman, Skowronek, Amy Fairclough, Shannon Altieri, Sabrina Zunic, Dee Carpinelli, Dustin Bayer, Joan Oehm, James Sweeney, Mike Valenzano, Angela Hayes (Parent Representative), Nick DeCorte, Alexa Rubino, Colleen Merklinger, Derrick Chell, Eric Pace, Christie Henry, Jennifer Correnti (Parent Representative), Traci Dyer, Meridith Denman, Danielle McLaughlin, Kristin Massotto, Jameel Freeman, Lynn DiMatteo, Kevin Skowronek, Lara Searle, Casey Sudol, Brenda Noordyk, Janine Barboza (Affirmative Action Officer), Bart Pierson (Affirmative Action Officer)

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