Elizabeth Board Members To Be Sworn In At Reorganization Meeting

ELIZABETH — The Elizabeth Board of Education will welcome three new members at the Board Reorganization meeting being held on Thursday.

Elcy Castillo-Ospina, Tony Monteiro, and Charlene Bathelus each earned three-year terms in the November 2012 election. In the election to fill three vacant seats, incumbents Castillo-Ospina and Monteiro finished first and second, receiving 8,454 and 7,602 votes respectively. Bathelus, elected for her first term, earned the last seat with 6,923 votes.

Castillo-Ospina was the first person of Colombian heritage to serve on the Elizabeth Board of Education when she was elected to her first term in 2009. She is a Child Study Team School Social Worker at the Bayonne Board of Education. She also is a member of the New Jersey Education Association, the New Jersey Association of School Social Workers, and the New Jersey Early Intervention Task Force.

Monteiro began his career in the field of accounting and is currently Chief Executive Officer and Founder of several businesses including Cookies No Crumbs, Broadway Grill, Food, Committed Pig, and Solar Manor. He also served as a delegate at the 1996 Democratic Nomination Convention and on the Governor’s Red Tape Commission with Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno. He has held organizational leadership roles in many community organizations including the Elizabeth Kiwanis Club, the Lions Club, and the North Elizabeth Youth Baseball League.

Bathelus graduated from Kean University with a Master´s degree in Human Behavior and Organizational Psychology. She currently is the Coordinator of Community Prevention at Prevention Links in Roselle. Prevention Links is a private, not-for-profit organization, which takes a leadership role in the prevention of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and related issues.

The swearing-in ceremony for the three newest members of the Board will take place at Dr. Antonia Pantoja School No. 27 at 7 p.m. School No. 27 is located at 505-517 Morris Avenue in Elizabeth.


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