Montclair Mayor Jackson Names Sergio Gonzalez To BOE

Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson announced today the appointment of Sergio Gonzalez to the Montclair Board of Education. Mr. Gonzalez will fill Laura Hertzog’s unexpired term.

Mr. Gonzalez is an executive with Dell Technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rutgers University and an MBA from Fordham University.

“I am thoroughly impressed by Mr. Gonzaelz’s intellect, his engaging personality, and his energy and commitment to Montclair and its public schools,” said Mayor Jackson.

Mr. Gonzalez and his family are relatively new to Montclair and have a remarkable American story – he is a first-generation Cuban American and his wife Maximilienne is a recently naturalized citizen from Montreal. They have a five-year-old daughter, Valentina, and three-year-old son, Mateo.

“I am so proud that this dynamic couple decided to settle in Montclair given their many options,” said Mayor Jackson.


  1. I’m sure Mr. Gonzalez is a nice guy and all, but what the heck is going on here? He zero education experience, has lived in our town for a couple of years, has had no kids in the school district, and no tether whatsoever to the schools.

    What exactly makes him qualified to sit on the BOE? Because he has an “engaging personality”? Because – wait for it – he has “decided to settle in Montclair given their many options”?

    What?? Many options? Of towns to live in? Those are his qualifications?

    I smell a rat.

  2. Come on, the Mayor would never appoint a rat to this role. Simple explanations are usually the best, and this is no exception. The existing Board members that the Mayor appointed are for the most part too lazy or unqualified to do the actual Board work, so he had to appoint someone with business experience. It’s a tough compromise for him personally since he’d love to just appoint another member to support his political base and Joe D. There is an interesting side question here. It has been published that Mr. Gonzalez’s oldest is 5. Isn’t that Kindergarten age? Why no public schools?

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