Board of Education Trustees Begin New Terms

Laura Stiziano was appointed board president for 2014.

Cathy Kazan shakes hands with business administrator Juanita Petty after being sworn into her one-year term on the Board. / Photos by Daniel Hubbard
Cathy Kazan shakes hands with business administrator Juanita Petty after being sworn into her one-year term on the Board. / Photos by Daniel Hubbard
Cathy Kazan was sworn into a one-term term and Mitchell Badiner, Robert Ceberio, and Allan Mordkoff were sworn into new three-year terms at the Board of Education's first regular meeting Thursday.
Laura Stiziano will appointed board President for 2014.
"I really looking forward to working together," Stiziano said. "Together I know we can achieve great things and I'm looking forward to that."
Ceberio was appointed to be first vice president. Kim Essen was appointed to the the second vice president.
Kazan was not sure she was going to be sworn in. She fought with the state for weeks following her winning the seat in November.
Per state law, she had to be fingerprinted and submit to a criminal background check, all newly-elected board of education trustees and members do. The independent agency responsible for processing her fingerprints did not do so in a timely manner because of "technical difficulties" state officials said. She had to be refingerprinted Tuesday.
Kazan and more than 150 other elected board members throughout New Jersey were allowed to be sworn in pending the results of the background check pending the outcome of the criminal background check, state education officials ruled earlier this week.
joann ranalletti January 10, 2014 at 08:02 PM
As Ms Stinziano the new BOE Pres. said, "I really look forward to working together." Working together is tantamount in providing a sound educational system for our students and teachers and our community at large. Transapency must be the order of the day and politics must never be a part of the BOE.
Pad January 11, 2014 at 07:15 AM
How about working together to ease the tax burden on Wayne's taxpayers. High taxes are the number one reason for the exodus out of Wayne and the BOE is the number one reason for the high taxes. Cut spending, hiring and get rid of too many high paid administrative positions that we don't need. Get rid of "Spender Gonzalez and his #2 friend and that would be a good start!
Pad January 11, 2014 at 07:18 AM
Maybe a new business administrator also? What is her salary and actual hours she spends in her office at Nellis Drive? I hear she isn't in her office all week long. If this is true. Why?
joann ranalletti January 11, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Pad, I agree with you in both your posts.
Chicken Little January 11, 2014 at 11:40 AM
@Joann Ranalletti You would agree with a ham sandwich. Or with Pad(ded cell). Do you really believe the BA is a no-show job?
joann ranalletti January 11, 2014 at 03:39 PM
CL, How rude you are, I believe anything with this adminstration and the BOE . You have the right nom de plume "chicen little" to hide behind. Why don't you sign your own name, No guts no glory ! Maybe you are allied with the admin and BOE or on the BOE.
Al Scala January 11, 2014 at 05:08 PM
So,CL, do you deny the fact that Juanita Perry works from home from time to time?
Chicken Little January 12, 2014 at 06:07 PM
Al Scala: I have no idea. But to accuse her of being home for a week (unless, of course, she is away on vacation). Come on.
joann ranalletti January 12, 2014 at 06:10 PM
Does anyone know under what circumstances Juanita Perry left her last position in another district?
Al Scala January 12, 2014 at 06:48 PM
From what I understand, her working at home is a fairly common practice. Now, let me qualify that statement. She may work from home 5,6,7 or 8 days per month. We have a fairly large system. We have 9-10,000 students, 800-900 teachers,not including aides, 14 schools, and a 140 + million dollar budget. Is it appropriate for her to work home? I certainly don't know her job, but it is a very key position. After all she is making 165k or so. Do other BA's in systems this size work from home? I just don't see that position working from home!
Chicken Little January 12, 2014 at 07:08 PM
Al Scala "From what I understand...." "She may work from home 5,6,7 or 8 days per month." "I certainly don't know her job.." Can we get a handle on the facts before we start maligning people for not being at their posts.
Al Scala January 13, 2014 at 06:35 AM
CL....what would you like me to do, post her worksheets? This is not a court of law? I don't have to prove to you anything! This information is from honest, reliable people. That is certainly good enough for me.


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