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WINNER: John Tavis

The Holly Boulevard resident took 54 percent of the 1-year term vote

John Tavis, of Holly Boulevard, in a landslide won a one-year term on the Board of Education by taking 54 percent -- or 2,018 votes -- of the ballots cast.

His closest opponent, incumbent Pamela Perrotto, garnered 1,176 votes or 31.71 percent.

Tavis said he was at town hall watching the results come in when he found out he had won.

"I had my little chart, and was writing down all my numbers," Tavis said. "I was quite happy."

Tavis said he was also glad he'd be starting his term with a passed budget.

"I was also happy that not only did the budget pass, but the second question passed. Nobody would've wanted to walk in with a defeated budget. It was the best of both worlds," he said.

Tavis said he was looking forward to implementing block scheduling at the high school next school year.

"Next year we start block scheduling in the high school, and of course have to see how that goes. Whenever you implement something that big, you keep your fingers crossed."

Tavis, keeping in line with his running mates - Anne Moonan and Robin Cervantes, who both also won Wednesday - stressed opening up communication between the board and the rest of the township's residents as a newly elected member.

"As I said the whole time, the whole campaign was community involvement. So the big issue I'm going to get at is getting the community involved in every single committee, because that's the whole thing," Tavis said. "My big thing is always going to be making the community feel like part of the process."

Tavis said he was glad to know he would start his work on the board with both of his running-mates.

"I'm also very happy that all three of us, Anne Moonan, Robin Cervantes and myself, got on, because we're a great team together and that's going to be a big help," he said.

Jeffrey Kniffin April 28, 2011 at 04:29 AM
I already feel like I'm involved. Great work John. Congratualtions.
Polly April 28, 2011 at 10:42 PM
Just wondering...who will now be on the negotiation commitee from the BOE? Let's get these teachers a contract !!
Eileen McGowan April 29, 2011 at 12:01 AM
Three cheers for John Tavis, Anne Moonan, and Robin Cervantes!!! Good Luck and Best Wishes to you all. Looking forward to a brighter future for Wall Schools.
Jeffrey Kniffin April 29, 2011 at 07:40 PM
"Polly," the re-organization meeting is Tuesday May 3rd at 8pm. Should be more availability of info then and we'll find out the answers to this and many more questions.
Eileen M Brogan May 03, 2011 at 12:22 AM
Eileen Brogan This was our first vote since we bought our daughter's home in Wall. We were delighted to rush home from work to cast our votes for you, as well as Anne and Robin. Have no doubt you'll do a great job, as always! Congrats to you all. Lucky Wall!

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