Joe Kavesh
BOE Vice President Joe Kavesh, seen here with Superintendent Kendra Johnson, addresses his final BOE meeting on Wednesday, May 1. ERIN ROLL/STAFF

By ERIN ROLL
roll@montclairlocal.news

BOE Vice President Joe Kavesh will not return to the Montclair Board of Education this month, following the end of his current term.

At his final meeting, Kavesh was honored by his board colleagues on Wednesday, May 1.

“It has been truly an honor to serve with each and every one of you. We give an awful lot of time and our emotions. And it’s because we care,” Kavesh said to the board and audience members.

He did not give a reason for why he had not been asked back for a second term. After the meeting, Kavesh declined comment until Mayor Robert Jackson had made an official announcement.

Those in attendance took turns thanking Kavesh for his service. The board presented him with a certificate of appreciation and a potted plant. “You have devoted yourself to the kids of Montclair,” said BOE President Laura Hertzog.

Kavesh has served on the BOE for three years, after being appointed by Jackson. In addition to serving as vice president, he has served on the finance and facilities committee and the policy committee.

He was unique among board members, in that he has served under three superintendents, including interims Ron Bolandi and Barbara Pinsak and current superintendent Kendra Johnson. He thanked the interims for their work as Montclair searched for a permanent superintendent. “I learned a hell of a lot from both of them, and I thank them for what they contributed to Montclair and other districts.”

The district has experienced a succession of interim superintendents and facility problems. “Montclair is never dull. But, it is loud,” he said.

He finished, “I will miss being at these meetings. I already do.”

The BOE will reorganize on May 18, when a new member is expected to be sworn in.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story gave the incorrect reason for Kavesh leaving the board. It should have said that he was not reappointed by Mayor Jackson.

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