Mayor 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 Ledge, Bridges, River 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.