Change is the Motto for New Vineland Board of Education

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With new leadership, two new members and six candidates vying to be the third, change is the motto for the Vineland Board of Education and administration.
"It is definitely not a sprint, it's a marathon," said Scott English, elected board president at the 2015 re-organization meeting last Wednesday. "With change there is a process, there are rules. We really fight for every single student in this district and that's what it's really about. We are here for what's best for students, who are the future of Vineland."
English said that the next few months will be a rollercoaster for the board and that there is a lot on their agenda.
"But we have excellent board members who have specialized in so many different areas," he said. "So I think it's time to put our talents to good use and help move this district forward. I think this district is going to see some changes in the right direction."
Helping English oversee this time of new direction is elected vice president Diamaris Rios, who is starting her third, three-year term on the school board.
"I would like to thank the community for all your support, the district (employees) for all the hard work that they do, and the superintendent (Dr. Mary Gruccio) for being able to work with us in unison for the past few years."
Wednesday's meeting also included the swearing-in of Kim Codispoti and Joe Pagano to three-year terms on the board.
"I'm really looking forward to working with everyone," said Codispoti. "I believe you two (English and Rios) are the most appropriate (board members) to be leading us, and I expect this to be a really productive year."
Codispoti's comments were echoed by Pagano.
"I believe this will be a progressive year," said Pagano. "I also believe (English and Rios) are the proper people to be sitting where you are sitting."
The other returning members of the board are Brian DeWinne, Frank DiGiorgio, Chris Jennings, and Susanne Morello.
The new board will be have a special meeting on January 14th to select a replacement for Rick Baruffi, who resigned in November for health reasons. At the meeting, the board will hear presentations from the candidates asking to serve as an appointed board member until the post can be filled.
Those vying for a position on the board includes Inez Acosta, Peter D'Arrigo, Dexter L. Gordon, Rudolph Harris, David Jamil, Kenneth D.  Loadholt, and Anthony Rizzo.