Walter Jauch, next from remaining, was sworn in for his 2nd expression and reappointed president of the Stafford Township Board of Instruction in early January, but on Nov. 20 he resigned from the board. (Photograph by David Biggy)
Retirement commonly is supposed to be a stress-absolutely free time, or at the very least as worry-absolutely free as attainable. But through the previous few several years as portion of the Stafford Township Board of Education and learning, Walter Jauch has not been in a position to absolutely free himself of the stressors of being the board president, notably through these tumultuous situations.
He freed himself of it on Nov. 20, when he informed the board by way of electronic mail he was resigning from his situation.
“Being a board president isn’t all picture ops and graduation speeches,” he claimed by cellphone Saturday. “There’s a lot of time included and a lot of pressure that goes with it. I was in a significant-stress place for 32 several years and still left that behind when I retired at 56. I’m 57 now, and this is supposed to be a single of the finest moments of my everyday living.
“I’ve been contemplating about this for a tiny when now, so this has been constructing up. A large amount of situations I’d come residence from meetings and have a challenging time winding down and shutting off all the things that took place. I have been spinning in my sheets a lot lately. It is been weighing on me, and I consider it’s time for me to relieve that pressure and make items far better for my loved ones. I needed to make sure I was being legitimate to myself and executing what is greatest for the community, young ones and instructors.”
Jauch initially was elected to the board in 2016 and appointed board president at the starting of the third 12 months of his expression in 2019, following the departure of former board President Mike Hemenway, who did not look for re-election in 2018. Jauch was re-elected final November and once more retained his put up as president when he was sworn in early this yr.
But through the past 12 months and a 50 percent, matters have become progressively contentious among board members, and in August Jauch was named in a tort assert introduced by Superintendent George Chidiac, alleging 30 statements of defamatory, retaliatory or discriminatory conduct by Jauch and board customers Patricia Formica and Mark Zoladz. Jauch explained his decision to stage absent experienced nothing to do with the tort.
“To be clear, if any person implies that this has to do with tort assert, that’s not the scenario,” Jauch reported. “I however hope there’s a complete investigation into that tort claim and a resolution to it. For me, this is actually a time to do away with strain in my existence and this is 1 action in doing that. I arrived dwelling from our board meeting the other night and I informed my spouse that I thought it was time for me to go. So, which is what I’m carrying out.”
With Jauch’s departure, the board is tasked with appointing a substitution for him for the duration of the future 60 times, which will demand a legal solicitation for candidates and an interviewing approach. When an particular person is appointed, he or she will stay in the seat until eventually the conclude of 2021, at which time he or she can look for election to the location for an additional yr, ending on Dec. 31, 2022, which would have been the conclusion of Jauch’s latest phrase.
Two new board associates – Christopher Fritz and Erin Sharkey – are slated to just take board seats in January. Fritz was the prime vote-getter in this year’s election, even though Sharkey ran unopposed and very easily won the unexpired one particular-12 months time period remaining more than from the departure of previous board member Kevin Lyons Jr. and fulfilled for the past yr by Kathleen Pierson, who opted not to request election to continue being on the board following staying appointed past year.
But now, who might fill Jauch’s seat on the board is up in the air. Joe Mangino, who has been the board vice president considering the fact that January 2019, will transfer into the president’s location and the board has to appoint a new vice president, both at the following assembly on Dec. 17 or at the board reorganization assembly on Jan. 6.
It is unclear whether Gerald Simonelli, whose expression is scheduled to end Dec. 31 considering that he sought re-election to return to the board and concluded driving Formica for 1 of the a few open seats – Deborah M. Lyons retains her seat right after a thriving re-election – in this year’s election, can lawfully apply for appointment to the board in just the 60-day window, which will finish Jan. 20.
Nonetheless, the board will change just a little more occur January.
“I feel in local community services and I’ll discover some other way to provide at some level down the highway,” Jauch mentioned. “It was an honor to provide and be part of the board. Getting a section of it gave me a whole lot of alternatives to fulfill a good deal of people today. I wish all people nicely on the board and in the district, and I even now want Stafford to glow higher than all other districts in our place.”
— David Biggy