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Shane Berger Selected School Board President

Former vice president replaces Emily Smith after 5-4 vote.

Patch file photo of Shane Berger
Patch file photo of Shane Berger

The Bloomfield School Board appointed veteran Board member Shane Berger president for 2014 at its Tuesday night reorganization meeting.

Berger was elected in a 5-4 vote, beating out sitting Board President Emily Smith.

Berger, who previously served as vice president, told Patch he felt very honored and extremely privileged with the victory.

“We’re going to build on the good stuff,” Berger told Patch. “We’re going to move in a deliberate fashion. I’m going to support the superintendent.”

With the election, Berger becomes the third president for the board in three years; Smith only served for about half a year after Board President Mary Shaughnessy stepped down from the role in June.  Shaughnessy left the board altogether in September.

Catzel Bumpus was unanimously elected Board Vice-President. Also, new board members Dianna Fuller and Jill Fischman were sworn into office.

G. Lombardi January 08, 2014 at 07:54 AM
CONGRATULATIONS to our new BOE President Berger, Vice President Bumpus and welcome to new members Fuller and Fischman! Best wishes as you "build on the good stuff!"
JC in Bloomfield January 08, 2014 at 10:01 AM
This is wonderful news The BOE has desperately needed a new direction and leadership. Shane and Catzel are great choices.

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