By: Katherine Massopust
PERTH AMBOY – Tuesday, December 20, 2016 was the final Board of Education Meeting for President Sam Lebreault, Vice-President Israel Varela and Board Member Anthony Bermudez who lost their bid for reelection.
“It has been an honor to lead this group. We didn’t always agree, but we worked things out,” Lebreault stated.
Board Vice-President Israel Varela stated, “I thank everyone, every individual here. Even if we didn’t agree, we didn’t argue. I like that respect that made us move forward. We never had any money for the new High School. We, the Board made it happen. I deeply appreciate that. Thank you to the staff members who at 3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. are still in the building. You always have my support and I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas.”
Board Member Anthony Bermudez said, “I want to thank Sharon Hubberman and the Messengers of Peace and especially the kids in the district.”
Some of the Board Members offered their remarks. Obi Gonzalez added, “I am grateful to these three Members of the Board who will be leaving. Anyone who steps forward to take their position – these three members leaving worked very hard. They helped bring a great leader to Perth Amboy. We are really going forward with progress. Our colleagues will be sorely missed. It does take a village.”
Board Member Anton J. Massopust stated, “I thank the Board Members who gave a lot of their time and a lot of effort.”
Board Member Milady Tejeda added her thoughts, “I thank the three of you to be a part of the team. I’m proud to be a part of that team.”
Board Member Jose Rodriguez stated, “I give thanks to Sam Lebreault, Anthony Bermudez and Israel Varela for their service to the children of this district – for everyone.”
Board Member Ken Puccio added, “Sam Lebreault, Israel Varela and Anthony Bermudez – It’s been an honor to serve with you. We’ve gone through some hard times. It’s been an honor.”
Board Vice President Israel Varela stated, “Mr. Jess – It’s been an open door policy. It’s important to have a rapport with the B.A.”
Board President Sam Lebreault thanked everyone, especially the staff. “Dr. Roman – you have been our greatest acquisition. We had the incident in 2011. You know who is good at what they do. Derek Jess is one of the best B.A.’s in the state. He is a very smart individual.” Lebreault also thanked Assistant Superintendent Dr. Vivian Rodriguez.
Board Secretary Derek Jess presented Lebreault, Varela and Bermudez with plaques for their dedication and service. (see photo above)
The outgoing Board Members will be replaced by newly elected Board Members Randy Convery, Tashi Vasquez and Junior Iglesia.
The next Board of Education Meeting is Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 7 p.m. at Perth Amboy High School Auditorium.