Tension evident at JCBOE re-org meeting, JCEA sees opportunity to settle contract impasse

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Two months after their election victories, Gerald Lyons, Lorenzo Richardson, and Joel Torres were officially sworn in at the Jersey City Board of Education reorganization meeting, which saw Vidya Gangadin and Marilyn Roman selected president and vice president of the board.

Gangadin, who was unanimously elected by her peers, thanked her family for their support in a brief comment after taking her seat as board president.

Things didn’t go as smooth for Roman, who was selected 5-4 along partisan lines that reflect the dynamic of the new board. Voting against her nomination were board members Micheline Amy, Jessica Daye, Ellen Simon, and former JCBOE President Sangeeta Ranade.

Amy, who participated in the meeting via teleconference, voiced her displeasure with Roman’s nomination, specifically doubting her ability to work with other board members, to the scorn of many in the crowd.

Roman spoke with Hudson County View after the meeting, saying the former majority on the board “didn’t care” to listen to other people when they were in control.

With the teachers contract still unresolved, JCEA President Ronnie Greco agreed that the dynamics of the new board would help resolve the impasse in negotiations.

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