Mayor Robert Jackson announced his appointments to the Montclair Board of Education earlier today.
The mayor appointed former township councilor and NJ Department of Legislative Services Director Jessica De Koninck to serve on the board. De Koninck, a longtime Montclair resident, was also counsel for the Maplewood South Orange schools.
She is also a distinguished poet, whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Ledge, Bridges, River King Literary Supplement, the Edison Literary Review, the Paterson Literary Review, and others.
“Jessica brings extensive historical knowledge of Montclair to the board along with a distinguished background in the law and education,” said Jackson. “She has a keen intellect and an unassailable love for the town and its children. I am proud and honored that she has agreed to serve.”
In addition, Anne Mernin has been appointed to a full term on the board – in September of 2013 Mernin filled the vacant spot left by Tanya Coke.
“So many Montclair residents were confident that Anne would be an outstanding contributor when I appointed her to complete Ms. Coke's term and she has exceeded our expectations,” said Jackson.