Four seeking three seats in low-key school contest in Bernards Township
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The “Good Shepherd” is back at Meadowbrook Farm, thanks to Bernardsville resident Henry Ruschmann II. A victim of wood rot, the almost 40-year-old sculpture, carved from an oak tree by the late Bernardsville artist Harry C. Robinson, was cut down some seven years ago and has been undergoing an extensive five-and-a-half-year restoration.
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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 3:00 am
By W. JACOB PERRY, Staff Writer | 0 comments
BERNARDS TWP. – There’s a contest in the Board of Education election this year but it’s more a matter of happenstance than differences of opinion.
Four candidates, including incumbents Michael Byrne of Tanglewood Drive and Elaine Kusel of Granville Way, and first-time candidates Christopher Viereck of Grist Mill Drive and John Groot of Briar Lane, are vying for three, three-year board terms in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
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Groot, 72, owns his own business, Groot WEB Services, which creates and manages web sites.
He previously worked in sales and product strategies. He was educated in physics and accounting, and holds a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y.
A township resident for 33 years, he lives with his wife, Margaret. He has no children.
Groot has been a board member for 17 years on the Academic Decathlon, a Wood-Ridge-based group that conducts a series of interscholastic competitions for high school teams.
“I feel I have a knowledge of organizations and organization functioning, and I believe I can bring my background and experience to the school board,” he said.
Groot freely acknowledged that he has no agenda. He even noted that as of last week, he had yet to attend a school board meeting.
“I really don’t know enough” to comment on school issues, he said. “For me to shoot off my mouth would imply that the school board is not functioning well, and I don’t know that it’s not.
“I got in because I believed they were short of people, and if they were short of people, I could help out,” he said. “I don’t want to get involved in partisan politics. I want to make sure the school board is there for the children – that would be my main goal.
“I have no preconceived notions,” he added. “I’d like to see what has and hasn’t been done.”
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Groot, John [MC????]
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I believe that John is a member of the Class of 1971.
McEneney, Mike (MC1953)
[JR: Thanks, Mike. Much appreciated.]
Groot, John [MC1971]
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