Kenneth Simmons becomes Paterson school board president | Paterson Times

Kenneth Simmons becomes Paterson school board president


School board members on Thursday night picked Kenneth Simmons to lead the Board of Education as president.

Simmons (left) was selected in an unanimous vote by his colleagues at the reorganization meeting held at John F. Kennedy High School auditorium.

Manny Martinez was picked to serve as vice president. Martinez (right) also garnered unanimous support.

Simmons and Martinez are succeeding Oshin Castillo and Nakima Redmon, who led the board as president and vice president over the past two years,

Before the start of the reorganization meeting, superintendent Eileen Shafer swore in three board members — Corey Teague, Vincent Arrington, and Emanuel Capers – who won seats in November.

Teague and Arrington are both former board members. Both men lost elections in the past, but managed to win seats in November. Capers, who ran as an incumbent, narrowly managed to hold onto his seat.

All three men were ceremonially sworn in a second time. Teague by councilwoman Lilisa Mimms; Arrington by assemblyman Benjie Wimberly, and Capers by assemblywoman Shavonda Sumter.

The district revised its swearing-in procedures after a question emerged whether members of the City Council can swear in school board members.

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  • DemocrapSocialistsSuck

    A bunch of clowns look at them, Paterson schools are a sinkhole of corruption and incompetence.

  • MarquinhoGaucho

    a hamster would be a better president than castillo. But Martinez is a charter hack not much better

  • John Brown

    just wondering how many sexual harassment charges Manny will have now that he's
    Vice President. (scumbag)

  • AF

    Congratulations to all. Everyone can say what they want about Manny but he is a wonderful person, he loves the children and will do what it takes to get what these kids need.