Mayor Jackson Announces New Montclair Board of Education Members

BY  |  Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 11:49am  |  COMMENTS (6)

merninMayor Robert Jackson today announced his appointments to the Montclair Board of Education. 

Norman Rosenblum has stepped down after serving three years as a board member, leaving a vacant spot and the term left by former member Tanya Coke and filled by Anne Mernin, was up for appointment.

Jackson has appointed former township councilor and NJ Department of Legislative Services Director Jessica de Koninck to serve on the Board. Ms. de Koninck, a long-time Montclair resident, was also counsel for the Maplewood South Orange schools.

She is also a distinguished poet, whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including The LedgeBridgesRiver King Literary Supplement, the Edison Literary Review, the Paterson Literary Review, and others.

“Jessica brings extensive historical knowledge of Montclair to the Board along with a distinguished background in the law and education,” said Mayor Jackson. “She has a keen intellect and an unassailable love for the town and its children. I am proud and honored that she has agreed to serve.”

In addition, Anne Mernin has been appointed to a full term on the Board – in September of 2013 Mernin filled the vacant spot left by Tanya Coke.

“So many Montclair residents were confident that Anne would be an outstanding contributor when I appointed her to complete Ms. Coke’s term and she has exceeded our expectations,” said Mayor Jackson.


  1. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  April 15, 2014 @ 12:27 pm

    I am accepting the position as VIRTUAL Montclair Board of Education Member. In this position I will, from time to time, offer concise, in-depth, and possibly snarky comments to the happenings of the Montclair School System.

    These comment are not binding.

  2. POSTED BY walleroo  |  April 15, 2014 @ 11:56 pm

    Jessica de K. It’s back to the future!

    JdeK is experienced, knowledgeable, hard working, committed to public service–all in all a decent person and the epitome of the kind of person you’d want on a BOE. I can see why Jackson would appoint her.

    Why anyone would accept is another matter.

  3. POSTED BY rachaelegan  |  April 16, 2014 @ 10:24 am

    Both of these women are very qualified and inspiring people, and I applaud our Mayor’s decision.

  4. POSTED BY nomo  |  April 16, 2014 @ 6:06 pm

    Good choices, I agree, but I do wonder why this Mayor decided not to have a committee look at options and recommend to him. It feels funny to have him just pick out of thin air.

  5. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  April 17, 2014 @ 11:47 am


    As the duly self-appointed VIRTUAL BOE Member, I concur. Appointed Boards are no way for Montclair’s BOE members to hold office.

    Elections are the fairest way to insure sovereignty in the board- the belief that members are beholden to voters, NOT the Mayor. But while Montclair cherishes its “diversity,” we prefer our BOE to flow from the wants, needs and desires of one elected official. One vote to rule them all!

    We’ve had this fight before, and for some odd reason, folks seem to like this appointed board– which is why I choose to create, and self-appoint myself in this role.

  6. POSTED BY spencerg  |  April 17, 2014 @ 6:48 pm

    Nomo, you make a good point. There should also be a system in place to examine conflicts of interest.

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