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Board Selects Ortiz to Fill Vacant Seat

Oritz will serve out the rest of Robyn Kingston's term. Ortiz said he plans on participating in special budget meeting Wednesday night.

The Board of Education selected Rogger Ortiz to fill a vacant spot on the board a special meeting Monday night.

Ortiz will serve the rest of former trustee Robyn Kingston's term. Kingston resigned from the board in January and moved to Texas. 

"On behalf of the applicants, I want to thank the board for interviewing us and I thank the board for selecting me," Ortiz said. "I look forward to working with them."

Ortiz and his wife own Christina by Design salon. His sons attend George Washington Middle School and Randall Carter Elementary School. He coaches soccer at the Boys and Girls Club of Wayne.

Ortiz was one of five people who interviewed for the position. 

"Whoever they picked, Wayne would have been in good hands," Ortiz said. "I was very impressed with the other applicants."

Ortiz said he will participate as a trustee at a special public meeting on the school district's budget Wednesday night at Wayne Hills High School. He will need to be sworn in before the meeting is held.

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Al Scala February 14, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Justice....if you happen to know something about this gentleman, please share it with us. Making a comment about him being run out of Essex County is unsubstantiated, unless there is something that you can tell us. I'm certainly not beyond making a mean comment, but to say he was run out of somewhere is speculative without backup! By the way, which town were you run out of before coming to Wayne.
Justice February 14, 2013 at 10:46 PM
Born and raised here. How about you? The question was previously raised as to why a mayor of Verona would apply for a board job in Wayne. Valid question. Perhaps your wife has one of his kids as a student? Or do you consider that a mean question?
Al Scala February 15, 2013 at 12:53 AM
Not at all. Don't get huffy, I'm just joking with you. No, I was not born and raised here. I was born and raised in Paterson. My wife and I have lived here for about 26 years. And no, she never had any of his children.
Robert Pignatello February 15, 2013 at 05:49 AM
The personal attacks and innuendo here don’t do anything to make our schools better,address rising taxes, balance any budget, make us a stronger community or address what we want the BOE to accomplish.I think most people see through it for what it is. To set the record straight, I have a master degree in management and I am studying for a Doctorate. I sought elective office at the age of 25.That was in 1985. It was a great experience that taught me a lot. I'm proud of the work I did. I ran three times. Won twice and lost once. A few years later we started to raise children. Eventually we chose to move to Wayne for personal and family reasons 18 years ago. You don't make an important life choice like that for political reasons. I have had no interest or activity in party politics since those days.I registered as an Independent many years ago.I thought that getting involved with the BOE would be a chance to serve again.This time where I could bring my experience in education to bear and work with others to create a better,more efficient and affordable school system – in a non-partisan environment where fair minded people could openly deliberate, disagree and be civil about it. I have attended a few meetings this year and there is certainly much to observe, learn and absorb.I plan on attending more upcoming meetings.For those of you who are interested in the direction of our schools and would like to talk, I will see you there and look forward to hearing your views.
I don't think so February 17, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Mr Pignatello I would suggest you run for a seat on the board in November. There will be 3, 3 year terms and 1, 1 year term. Then it will be in the hands of the town voters not the board.

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