Board of Education

Welcome to the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District Board of Education. We are a 9-member board with 8 members elected from Bridgewater and one member elected from Raritan. Members are elected to three-year terms on the November general election day. The superintendent serves as a non-voting member of the Board.



Board of Education
Message all BOE Members
and Superintendent

Jackie Barlow
Vice President
Term 2019-2021

Lynne Hurley
Board Member
Term 2017-2019

Ann Marie Mead
Board Member
Term 2018-2020

A.J. Joshi
Board Member
Term 2019-2021

Melanie Thiesse
Board Member
Term 2019-2021

Jill Gladstone
Term 2017-2019

Zachary Malek
Board Member
Term 2018-2020

Barry Walker
Board Member
Term 2018-2020

Role of the Board

The Board of Education is the governing body of the school district, responsible for developing policy to ensure the proper care, management and control of district affairs, and supporting the mission of educating our students to reach their full potential. In addition, the Board of Education utilizes a Planning Calendar to help ensure compliance with State and Federal mandates.

In addition to setting policy, the Board hires the superintendent; approves staff hirings, resignations, terminations and leaves of absence; formulates and adopts the district budget; approves expenditures; approves educational programs (curriculum); and otherwise ensures that proper facilities and equipment are available to support teaching and learning in the district.

Board of Education members abide by the New Jersey Code of Ethics for School Board members. The Board of Education does not administer the school district; they ensure that it is run well. While Board members encourage communication with parents and local stakeholders there is a chain of communication that should be followed. Community members should always direct questions to the most specific and appropriate level. This means beginning with a specific teacher or building administrator, then approaching a district administrator, and then moving to central office before approaching a Board member with a specific question or issue. 

When/Where does the Board of Education Meet?

Every January the Board holds an organizational meeting to elect officers and set committees and appointments. There are standing committees that usually meet monthly to discuss specific issues and make recommendations to the Board as a whole. Board members are appointed as liaisons to a variety of education-related and municipal organizations.

Open Public Meetings

All meetings will be held at 7:30 PM in Conference Room A of the Wade Administration Building, unless otherwise noted. On those occasions where a closed session is required, a notice will be provided a minimum of 48 hours in advance of the meeting date. These meetings will be opened at the designated new time and the Board will immediately enter into a closed session. Should the closed session end before 7:30 PM, the Board will recess until 7:30 PM before re-opening to the public. No open Board discussion and Action Items shall occur at any of these meetings prior to 7:30 PM.

Public Participation at Board of Education Meetings

The Board of Education recognizes the value of public comment on educational issues and the importance of allowing members of the public to express themselves on school matters of community interest.

There are two opportunities to speak for a maximum of 5 minutes. Please be advised that an audio recording will be posted on the District’s website and you will be asked to identify yourself before your begin your comments.

Opportunity to Speak

First Opportunity to Speak

The first opportunity is early in the meeting under the Agenda Item “Public Input”. At this time, please restrict your comments to Agenda Items only.

Second Opportunity to Speak

The second opportunity is towards the end of the meeting. At that time, the public may address the Board on any concern.

Board Response to Public Comments

The Board of Education takes into consideration comments made by the public at meetings and hearings. Questions, concerns and requests directed to the Board will usually be deferred pending administrative and Board consideration.

How to Become a Board Member

For more information about becoming a Board member, please visit New Jersey School Boards Association

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2017-2018 Board Goals

The Board of Education is critical to the success of any community. Focused on student achievement, a Board focuses on Vision, Accountability, Policy, Community Leadership, and Relationships (National School Boards Associations). While these areas of focus encompass a wide variety of tasks required of a Board, but its overarching function is to ensure, through oversight and maintenance of policy, that a district is well run. To ensure that a district does not become complacent, a Board of Education provides constant vigilance to ensure that the district, from a global perspective, is always growing, always maximizing its impact for students and through students, the larger community.

While the focus of the Board is relatively unchanging, the specific outcomes needed from one year to the next must focus on the immediate needs. This is not to say that the Board is not constantly overseeing the operations of the district. Rather, goals are statements of short-term outcomes that are in line with the long-term focus a Board seeks to achieve.

For this reason, the Bridgewater-Raritan Board of Education has set the following goals for the 2017-2018 school year:

  • model lifelong learning by engaging in activities that constantly enhance boardsmanship.
    • Actions will include a mixture of the following across the entire Board, with members determining which actions are most beneficial to them as individuals and to the Board as a whole:
      • attendance at NJSBA events, including but not limited to the fall convention, to promote learning and certification
      • attendance at state-level events that allow for interaction with other stakeholders
      • engage in book/article study on identified topics/themes
      • engage in online learning connected to identified topics/themes
  • ensure the implementation of the district’s comprehensive strategic plan.
    • Actions will include:
      • assignment and participation of members as Board liaisons to each of the six Action Teams within the plan
      • requiring and providing guidance for the development of Year One goals in line with the established 5-Year Goals in the plan
      • requiring and providing regular updates on the progress of each Action Team toward its Year One goal by each liaison as necessary
      • requiring an end-of-year, public presentation of Year One work including a summary of accomplishments and a recommendation of Year Two Goals
  • ensure an effective committee structure.
    • Actions will include:
      • the development of monthly templates for each standing committee to ensure the regular operations of the full Board as based on the committee structure
      • the development of a committee-specific goal for each standing committee for the 2017-2018 school year
      • requiring regular work within each committee to achieve its stated goal
      • requiring committee reports to include regular updates to the full Board on progress toward committee goal
      • requiring end-of-year committee report summarizing the accomplishments and recommending a future committee goal
  • ensure effective, consistent program across the district.
    • Actions to include:
      • requiring an assessment of the recent demographic and facilities use study and its implications on program
      • requiring an assessment of current program in line with best practices and the academic needs of our students
      • requiring the exploration of options in providing comprehensive, consistent program
      • require the superintendent to develop and present a study that includes:
        • a comprehensive analysis of current program 
        • options to grow or restructure program based on current best practices
        • the costs and timelines associated with implementing each option
      • reviewing the plan as a Board of the whole and voting on a course action




Zackary Malek (C)
Jackie Barlow
Lynne Hurley
Jeffrey Brookner (A)


AJ Joshi (C)
Zachary Malek
Melanie Thiesse
Barry Walker (A)


Barry Walker (C)           
Jeffrey Brookner
Ann Marie Mead
Melanie Thiesse (A)



Jackie Barlow
Melanie Thiesse
Barry Walker

Barry Walker (C)
Jeffrey Brookner
AJ Joshi
Zachary Malek (A)


Jeffrey Brookner (C)
Jill Gladstone
Barry Walker
AJ Joshi (A)

Melanie Thiesse (C)
Jackie Barlow
AJ Joshi       
Ann Marie Mead (A)





Barry Walker, AJ Joshi


Barry Walker, Jill Gladstone (A)


Lynne Hurley, Jill Gladstone (A)


Jeffrey Brookner, Barry Walker (A)


Jill Gladstone


Barry Walker (Delegate) 
Jeffrey Brookner (Alternate Delegate) 


Communication – Melanie Thiesse
Health & Wellness – Jackie Barlow
Program – Jackie Barlow
Safety – AJ Joshi
Sustainability – Barry Walker
Technology – Jill Gladstone


Lynne Hurley   RARITAN: Ann Marie Mead

(C) Denotes Chairperson 
(A) Denotes Alternate


List View

All meetings will be held at 7:30 PM in the Conference Room of the Harmon V. Wade Administration Building, 836 Newmans Lane, Bridgewater, NJ unless otherwise noted. On those occasions where a closed session is required, a notice will be provided a minimum of 48 hours in advance of the meeting date. These meetings will be opened at the designated new time and the Board will immediately enter into a closed session. Should the closed session end before 7:30 PM, the Board will recess until 7:30 PM before re-opening to the public. No Board discussion and action items shall occur at any of these meetings prior to 7:30 PM. Action will be taken at each meeting 

Wade Administration Building
836 Newmans Lane, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

John F. Kennedy Elementary School
255 Woodmere Street, Raritan, NJ 08869

Milltown Primary School
611 Milltown Rd, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

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BOE Regular Session
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Wed, Oct 30
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Fri, Nov 29
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Policies and Regulations

Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District’s Policies and Regulations are divided into the following ten sections:

0000 Bylaws Section 
1000 Administration Section 
2000 Program Section 
3000 Teaching Staff Members Section 
4000 Support Staff Members Section 
5000 Student Section 
6000 Finances Section
7000 Property Section
8000 Operations Section 
9000 Community Section 

Click Policy Manual to view or search the complete document 

Meeting Materials

Job Descriptions

Administrative Support Staff

Central Administration

Instruction Curriculum

Paraprofessional Staff

Secretarial Support Staff

Special Services

Updated Job Descriptions