Wall NJ write-in school board candidate declines seat over lawsuit | #Education

WALL – Betsy Cross, the longtime Wall Township Board of Education critic who won a write-in campaign for the board, says she will not take her seat when the board reconvenes at Tuesday night’s reorganization meeting.

Cross, one of two candidates who won a write-in vote during November’s election, said her pending lawsuit against the board forbids her from serving.

“I have been instructed by counsel to not accept the elected position at this time, due to the obvious conflicts of interest,” she said in a statement emailed to the Asbury Park Press. “My decision is based upon facts, research, and state statutes.”

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Cross cited state statute 18A:12-2, which states, “No member of any board of education shall be interested directly or indirectly in any contract with or claim against the board, nor, in the case of local and regional school districts, shall he hold office as mayor or as a member of the governing body of a municipality, nor, in the case of county special services school districts and county vocational school districts, shall he hold office as a member of the governing body of a county.”



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