New school board member begins first term

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BAY HEAD — The Bay Head Board of Education welcomed a new face to the dais Tuesday evening.

During the board’s annual reorganization meeting on Jan. 5, Christine Hesse officially began her first three-year term as a board member.

“The annual election of the Bay Head Board of Education was held on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Mrs. Christine Hesse was elected to a full three-year term,” board secretary Laurie Considine said.


“The tally of votes, including absentee ballots, were as follows: for one position, full three-year term, Christine Hesse, 46 write-in votes; Esther Koai, 26 write-in votes; and 10 various other write-in votes.” 

During the meeting, Shannon Curtis was unanimously elected president of the five-member board, which also consists of members Sandra Antognoli, Barry Pearce and Eric Pritchard. Ms. Antognoli will continue in her role as vice president of the board.

“Happy New Year, everyone, [and] welcome Mrs. Hesse to the board of education,” Ms. Curtis said.

Tuesday’s meeting also saw the board of education reappoint several services and positions, including Ms. Considine as board secretary, Patricia Christopher as business administrator, as well as positions including the school attorney, 504/Title IX officer, integrated pest management officer, indoor air quality officer, school physician, school auditor, working paper officer and many more.

The board named committee appointments as well on Jan. 5, with Ms. Antognoli and Mr. Pritchard chairing curriculum and instruction; Ms. Antognoli and Ms. Hesse chairing technology; Mr. Pritchard and Ms. Curtis chairing budget and finance; Ms. Curtis and Mr. Pearce chairing personnel/negotiations; Ms. Antognoli and Ms. Hesse chairing buildings and grounds; Ms. Curtis and Mr. Pearce chairing policy; Mr. Pearce chairing community relations and the Jerry Hayes Memorial Scholarship; Ms. Hesse chairing the athletics committee; and Ms. Curtis and Mr. Pritchard chairing delegates/legislative.

Monthly board meetings are being moved to a new day to accommodate commitments of members.

“We’re going to meet now, my understanding is, the second Tuesday of each month and that’s to accommodate the Point Beach board meetings, so Eric doesn’t have a conflict, and we’re adding in a December meeting for 2021,” Ms. Curtis said. Mr. Pritchard was unanimously appointed the Bay Head representative to the Point Pleasant Beach Board of Education.

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