Bayonne Board of Education Trustee Joseph Broderick, who served as board president four times between 2016 and 2019, resigned last week and will be replaced by Pam Sclafane.
“I want to thank him for all the great work that he did. He was the first elected president to the board and he worked with so much patience with all of us and treated everyone with so much respect. He will truly be missed here,” Board President Maria Valado said at Wednesday’s meeting.
“His knowledge, his giving of himself to the Bayonne district is all qualities that we applaud and that we admired in him and we are gonna miss him very much here.”
Broderick didn’t attend the meeting, but his resignation letter indicated that he was stepping down since he recently moved out of the Peninsula City.
He thanked everyone from the administration, along with his colleagues, for having the privilege to serve, ultimately “wishing you all the best.”
Valado said that notice about the board vacancy was posted on the school district website, in the Jersey Journal, and the Hudson Reporter, and after reviewing resumes, Valado opted to nominate Sclafane, which was seconded by Vice President Christopher Munoz.
The vote to appoint Sclafane was 7-1, with Trustee Ava Finnerty voting no and outgoing Trustee Michael Alonso absent.
Sclafane currently works as the vice president of marketing at BCB Bank.