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Warren Board Taps Helewa to Fill Vacancy

Selection made after interviews with four candidates and lengthy discussion.

Reinman Road resident Kathy Helewa is the newest member of the , after her selection to fill the unexpired term of Patricia Toubin at Monday's meeting.

Helewa has been active in the Woodland School PTO, where her two children are students.

"I definitely appreciate all that Warren Township has done for my kids and my family," Helewa said when asked the candidates were asked why they wanted to serve on the board. "I have an innate sense of fairness and consensus building tat I think would not only serve the commuity at large, but the board itself."

Helewa also said she would "appreciate every dollar" the district receives, "and by 'appreciate,' I mean value." She also said she would like to see communication between the board and residents be more "circular."

The board also interviewed Mountain Avenue resident Desiree DeNourie, Patricia Zohn, of Mountainview Road, and Arthur Pravato. Board Vice-president Mildred Spiller noted all of the candidates impressed the board, and encouraged them to consider filing for election to the board in the fall.

"We have come to a consensus," Spiller said, after the board met in a closed session for about 30 minutes considering the selection. "This was an extremely difficult decision." 

After taking the oath of office, Helewa acted on her first official task: making a motion to adjourn the meeting. 

Laura A. Herndon March 13, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I think Kathy Helewa will make a wonderful addition to the Warren Township School Board. Over the course of the more than 7 years that I have known her, I have witnessed Kathy’s dedication to the local community, especially as it relates to her two children. Additionally, I have watched her growing interest and involvement in issues that affect the well-being of our community. In particular, I have been very impressed with her ability to grasp the fundamental problems underlying the issues and her logical and fair-minded ideas for solving them. I think that the passion and knowledge that Kathy brings to the School Board will make her a great asset to our community.
Patricia Toubin March 21, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Congratulations on your appointment to the Warren Township Board of Education! The time and effort you give is much appreciated! Best of Luck!

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