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Gallagher Takes Seat on Regional Board of Ed

River Edge trustees Joe Manzelli and Claudia O'Neill also rejoined the board of ed

By a 200-point margin, first time candidate Patrick Gallagher of Oradell won a seat on the River Dell Regional Board of Education in November. Along with uncontested River Edge incumbents Joe Manzelli and Claudia O'Neill, Gallagher officially joined the Board of Ed on Monday night.

The Bergenfield school district special education teacher defeated fellow resident Michael Gardner by earning 1,310 votes over Gardner's 1,079. A lifelong Oradell resident, Gallagher is a volunteer coach with the River Dell Blackhawks, Oradell Little League and St. Joe's Track.

O'Neill, a New York hospital charge nurse for a transplant unit and Green Team member, garnered the highest number of votes with 1,717 in her reelection bid. Manzelli, the Director of Operations with the Fuoco Group and former Board President picked up 1,480 votes.

Stephanie Hartman (River Edge) was named Board President. Hartman, who is entering her final year on the board is a River Dell Regional alum, and has been employed as a preschool teacher as well as a non-profit manager for an organization that provides scholarships to adolescents for a creative arts summer program.

Oradell's Paul Barnes, the head of the math department at Paramus High School, was appointed as Board Vice President.

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lucky January 09, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Mr. Fletcher has what he's wanted all along now - the marionette strings attached to our new RDBOE president and vice president. No chance now of any improvements being made to the academic program at RD. Mrs. Hartman & Mr. Barnes pretend they know what goes on, but in reality, couldn't care less about doing the right thing for our kids. They're only interested in being on the right side of Mr. Fletcher. Might as well just give the superintendent the checkbook and close the door. Our district is doomed.

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