Ocean School Board Welcomes New Members, Elects New Leadership, and Emphasizes Ethical Conduct

The latest meeting of the Ocean School Board marked the beginning of a new chapter with the swearing-in of new members Gerard Dalton, Kaitlin Dam, and Brian Schneider, and the election of Denise Paramus as the board president and John McCarthy as the vice president. These discussions were punctuated by the Board’s adoption of Robert’s Rules of Order for the upcoming year, the approval of official depositories, bylaws, and policies, as well as the designation of official newspapers for public notices.

The reorganization of the Ocean School Board brought changes in its composition and leadership. The annual school election, held on November 7, 2023, resulted in the introduction of three new faces to the Board, and the subsequent election of new board officers. Following the swearing-in ceremony, Mayor John Napolitani addressed the meeting. Allison Connelly, representing the Township of Ocean Education Association, also conveyed her congratulations and readiness to work alongside the new leadership.

The focus of the meeting quickly shifted to the importance of ethical conduct within the Board. Mr. Weinstein initiated a discussion that resonated with other members, including Mrs. McGovern and Mr. McCarthy, on the Board’s role in setting a positive example for problem-solving and respectful interaction within the district. This conversation revealed a consensus among the members on the necessity of fostering a constructive and cooperative atmosphere, a sentiment that was widely supported.

In addition to the discussions on conduct, the Board tackled various administrative items essential for the operation of the district in the upcoming year. The schedule for the future meetings, which includes regular public monthly meetings and public work meetings accessible both in-person and virtually, was laid out. The Board also confirmed the official depositories for school district funds in 2024 and renewed all official Board of Education bylaws and policies. Robert’s Rules of Order was adopted as the parliamentary procedure manual, ensuring that future meetings are conducted in an orderly and standardized manner.

The meeting also addressed the School Ethics Act and the Board of Education Code of Ethics through a review led by the public relations Board of Education and administration. This review served to reinforce the Board’s commitment to ethical governance and the maintenance of high standards of conduct among its members.

As the meeting drew to a close, the Board moved to adjourn without any public comments at that time.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Dr. Christopher Lommerin
School Board Officials:
Dr. Shawn Denning, Jr, Daniel Eberenz, Brian D. Tart, Kelly Zuzic, Justin Pimm

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