MOORESTOWN — Sandra Alberti will be the new Board of Education president, effective immediately.
Alberti was elected 6-2 during a special meeting Thursday after board President Kathy Goldenberg resigned in June to join the State Board of Education.
Alberti was appointed in June 2016 to fill a vacancy and was officially elected to a three-year term that began in January.
“I think it was just an opportunity,” she said of deciding to run for president. “I took a few days to think about it, think about the different scenarios.”
Alberti said her goal is to “keep the vision of the board moving forward, and this idea of moving beyond the minutiae of budgets and those kinds of things that often occupy our time, and really helping us focus on why we’re really all in this business, which is to do the best for the students of Moorestown.”
Alberti, a resident for nearly 20 years, has two children in the district. She previously worked for the New Jersey Department of Education as director of academic standards and of math and science education.
Before that, she served in administrative roles in several districts in the state, most recently as assistant superintendent of the Eastern Camden County School District from 2004 to 2006.
Alberti is director of state and district partnerships for Student Achievement Partners, a nonprofit founded by the writers of the Common Core educational standards that aims to help teachers implement those standards successfully in the classroom.
The two dissenting votes were board Vice President Brandon Pugh and member Peter Palko. Pugh, who will continue as vice president, had been serving as acting president since Goldenberg stepped down.
Three residents voiced their support Thursday for Pugh to take over as president. Alberti was the only member officially nominated during the public part of the meeting, but board members said at least two others, including Pugh, had expressed interest in the leadership position.
Pugh said he knows Alberti is passionate about education and would work with her as the new leadership team.
“I am happy with Sandra,” he said after the meeting. “I’ll be vice president at least through (the reorganization meeting in January). That was the one advantage I had going into this.”
The board also appointed Mark Villanueva to fill Goldenberg’s seat. Villanueva, a lawyer, said he has lived in town “on and off” for 40 years and has two children in the school system, with two more to enter soon.
He will complete the remainder of the term, with an opportunity to run in November.
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