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At a reorganization meeting on Tuesday evening, the Board of Education welcomed three new and returning members, elected leadership and discussed the sharing of various roles through which the board will liaise with school and community partners in the year ahead. Susan Kanter, Dafna Kendal, and Debbie Bronfeld took the oath of office. Ms. Kanter is new to the board.  Ms. Kendal and Ms. Bronfeld will each begin a second three-year term. 

Beth Behrend was re-elected to a second year as board president. “It is an honor and a privilege to serve another year as your leader,” said Ms. Behrend. “I would like to thank all of my colleagues for their tireless dedication to our public schools. We are pleased to welcome new and returning members tonight who bring strong skills and experience to our team. I look forward to working collaboratively on our shared mission of preparing PPS students for lives of joy and purpose.”  

“Beth has worked tirelessly to make the board a more collegial, collaborative and effective governing body and she has evidenced a great commitment to ensuring that every voice is heard,” said board member Brian McDonald. “She has fundamentally changed our relationship with the community, she has fostered far more openness and transparency and has actively worked to strengthen important relationships.”

There were two nominations for vice president, Michele Tuck-Ponder and Debbie Bronfeld. Ms. Tuck-Ponder was elected in a 7-3 vote. 

“I recall a comment that Michele made early in our term, related to the budget, that we needed to ‘lead with our values,’ “ said board member Jessica Deutsch. “In my experience, Michele has held absolutely steadfast to this guiding principle, making her an exemplary presence at this table, one that lends naturally to the kind of leadership we continue to need."

After electing officers, the board reviewed and divided up the various liaison and ad hoc roles through which members interact with the community.  Board representatives attend all district PTO and PTO Council meetings and meet regularly with leadership from the Municipality and Council, the Princeton Charter School, Princeton University and other community institutions and organizations.

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