LACEY, NJ – The school board has chosen a replacement for former board member Tom DeBlass, who resigned last month after failing to attend board meetings due to his business travel schedule.
Frank Palino has been appointed to serve on the Lacey Board of Education by board members following the resignation of DeBlass. Board member Robert Riggs unsuccessfully nominated BOE candidate Ed Scanlon but other board members refused to consider him or any of the candidates on the ballot in this year’s election.
Palino, a longtime former board member, was most recently voted out of office in the 2013 school board election. In that election, Palino was bested by Linda Downing, Shawn Giordano and Donna McAvoy. At the time, the election was a split, with McAvoy, Giordano and Josephine Whitleigh being backed by one faction of the township’s Republican party seen as politically close to Gary Quinn, whose wife is employed by the Lacey school district.
Since then, the two factions have joined forces, with Downing leading the reelection ticket along with Giordano and Peters as they hope to bring Donna McAvoy back on the board.
Downing, Giordano et al’s current campaign treasurer, John Dodaro also ran in that election and failed to win a seat. Dodaro got the lowest amount of votes out of the entire field of candidates, earning a paltry 9.5%.