The Montclair Board of Education special election took place on Tuesday, March 8th. There was be two seats available for candidates – both seats are for a term of one year and eight months and the results are in.
After voting in the November election, Montclair residents voted to change from a Type 1 appointed school board to a Type 2 elected school board. The first step in the process to change Types is the special election that took place on March 8th that resulted in electing two School Board members and increasing the Township of Montclair School Board from seven members to nine members.
“The people of Montclair have decided to elect its School Board Members. In doing so, they need to have a ‘Special Election’ in March to elect two Board Members,” said Christopher J. Durkin Essex County Clerk.
There were nine candidates running for the two seats – Yvonne Bouknight, Jerold Freier, Holly Shaw, Melanie Deysher, Noah Gale, George C. Simpson, Phaedra Dunn, Jennette Williams, and Lauren Q. Griffin.
Montclair School District
• Bradford Elementary School
• Charles H. Bullock Elementary School
• Edgemont Montessori School
• Hillside Elementary School
• Nishuane Elementary School
• Northeast Elementary School
• Watchung Elementary School
• Buzz Aldrin Middle School
• Glenfield Middle School
• Renaissance Middle School at the Rand Building
• Montclair High School
The winners of the two seats are Phaedra Dunn and Melanie Deysher. This marks a historic win, as the two seats are new to the board.
The second Board of Education special election will take place on November 8th. At that time, there will be three seats available for candidates – all three seats will be for a term of three years.