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Education Advocate Joins Chatham Board of Ed

Michelle Clark is a teacher in Millburn and chaired Education Counts for eight years.

New school board member Michelle Clark chaired Education Counts, an organization that has worked to pass Chatham school budgets, for eight years. Credit: Patch file
New school board member Michelle Clark chaired Education Counts, an organization that has worked to pass Chatham school budgets, for eight years. Credit: Patch file
Michelle Clark, a Chatham Township resident who was appointed to fill a vacancy on the school board last week, says it's an exciting time for the School District of the Chathams and she's happy to be a part of it.

Clark, a teacher in Millburn, has three children in Chatham schools—at Chatham High School, Chatham Middle School and Lafayette School—and previously served for eight years as chairwoman of Education Counts, an organization that advocates for Chatham public schools and has worked to pass local school budgets.

Clark said she has attended many Board of Education meetings and knows the challenges the district faces. She said it's an exciting time in Chatham because new initiatives and curriculum changes are planned.

Clark said she is taking her service on the board step by step, but, if all goes well, she would look to continue serving and have her name on the ballot in April.

Clark was appointed to a vacancy left by the resignation of five-year Chatham Township representative Albert Burgunder.

Burgunder resigned in November citing personal and professional reasons.

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