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Longtime School Board Member Laurie Cannon Resigns

Cannon's resignation accepted at hastily called emergency session of the Board of Education Friday morning

School board Vice President Laurie Cannon has resigned from the Board of Education, leaving the board scrambling for a replacement for the remainder of Cannon's term.

The Board of Education in an emergency session held in the Superintendent's conference room at 11 a.m. Friday unanimously accepted Cannon's resignation, dated Aug. 29.

Citing personal commitments, Cannon's resignation letter was read at Friday's emergency session. The letter, signed by Cannon, said her resignation was effective Aug. 21.

"This letter is to confirm my Aug. 21 resignation from the Wall Township Board of Education," said Business Administrator Brian Smyth, reading from Cannon's letter. "I've considered it an honor to serve the students and community of Wall in this position and will miss the friendships I've made throughout my term of service on the board, as well as the many other volunteer positions I've held throughout the years.

"Unfortunately, I've many personal and family obligations that are competing for my time right now and although I will always support my school district, it will have to be in a less time consuming manner than filling a seat on the Board of Education.

"I wish you, Mr. Simon, and the board much success in the coming years.''

The board voted 7-0 to accept Cannon's resignation. Board President John Tavis was absent.

The timing and manner of Cannon's resignation touched off a lengthy discussion about the board's legal rights in filling Cannon's position, since board elections have now moved to the November general election.

The board has 65 days to interview and appoint someone to fill Canon's position for the remainder of the year, according to board Attorney Michael Gross.

But the remainder of Cannon's term was in question.

After much discussion among board members, Gross said that the board is legally required to announce that there will be a vacancy on the board for the remaining year of Cannon's term so that ballots can be printed. 

He said the County Board of Elections has mandated that school boards facing an unexpected vacancy have until Sept. 7 to notify the county of the vacancy and the intent for candidates to vie for the 1-year unexpired term.

Anyone interested in running for the unexpired term will need to obtain and return a nominating petition to the Monmouth County election board, 300 Halls Mill Road, Freehold, by Sept. 7.

The office is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office, like all county offices, will be closed Monday, Labor Day.

For more information on the nominating petitions, call: (732) 431-7790, or see the website at: http://www.njsba.org/about/candidacy/nominating-petitions.php

Tom Lopez September 04, 2012 at 01:13 PM
B.S. - Again, I disagree with your view. But, since you believe you are correct and seem to want to have changes made, I simply suggest that you apply for the open board position. You can then help change many of the problems that you see and you can enjoy all the great rewards that you claim BOE members get.
rob September 07, 2012 at 11:15 AM
Ryan I can understand B.S. and why he does not want to use his name. You are a kid, just wait...you will be hiding behind using your first name or another name too someday. When some of these adults pick on your kid just for speaking out. Ryan it happens all the time. if a parent or an employee speaks out when something is wrong they will target your kid, discredit you in anyway they can. You will learn as you go along. Let's put it this way, lets say you want to get a job in the school, you get that chance. You are now in the school, just found out something is seriously wrong, You have morals and ethics, you speak up against what you discovered. Guess what, now they make something up about you and you are on the out side looking in. It is not just happening in the schools, it is happening everywhere.
rob September 07, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Tom, I have to agree with B.S. You are living in a dream world if you think if this BOE or any BOE for that matter is doing what is right for the kids. I wouldn't want to apply for any open board or town position. I have morals and ethics which are hard to come by. You have to lack morals and ethics to just go along with all the lying and cheating that goes on. Who has brainwashed you?
rob September 07, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Tom Lopez, Or is it you who would like to enjoy the great rewards that come with supporting the BOE and School so your family can enjoy special treatment for your family from the BOE, Teachers and Coaches. We know how low some of the parents will go to get their kids ahead of others who don't really deserve it.
Michael Ferrell September 10, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Any one know who filed to run as the deadline was last Friday?

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