Board of Education Members

BOE President Michael Walsh

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Michael Walsh

Mr. Walsh began his third year on the board in January 2020.

As a lifelong resident of Jackson, he intends to use his knowledge and experience as a teacher and administrator to maintain the high academic standards of the Jackson School District while protecting the non-tested areas of the curriculum such as Social Studies, Foreign Language, Music, Art, Physical Education, Special Education and Vocational Education. He also wants to continue to promote more STEM-like programs and to protect extracurricular and co-curricular programs such as middle school and high school athletics, drama, band, clubs and activities.

He believes his knowledge of budgets gives him the expertise to direct tax dollars to the projects in the district where they will be most efficiently used. Among his goals is to try to cap increased spending on new programs that are not state or federally mandated and to make sure that the money we have continues to go into repairing and updating the aging facilities in our system.

BOE Vice President Thomas Colucci

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Thomas Colucci

Mr. Colucci began his seventh year on the board in January 2020. He has been a Jackson resident for more than 20 years and he and his wife have two children. He enjoys career days and meeting with students to share his experience as a pilot, aviation educator and flight and simulator instructor.

He believes as a member of the Board of Education that each and every tax dollar must be spent with maximum results.

BOE Member Gus Acevedo

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Gus Acevedo

Mr. Acevedo was sworn in to a new term on the board in January 2019.

A retired educator, Mr. Acevedo has been a resident of Jackson Township since 1959. He holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern California and has completed all work but for  the dissertation for the Ph.D. from Rutgers University. He is a graduate of both the Switlik Elementary School and of the first graduating class of what is now the Jackson Memorial High School Class of 1966.

Mr. Acevedo served the board for almost 20 years before taking a break and being elected again in November 2018.

He insists on measurable progress and is dedicated to promoting STEAM courses that value Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. He believes that as good as our schools are, we must continue to improve them for all students at all levels through the continued appropriate use of taxpayers’ dollars.

BOE Member John Burnetsky

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John Burnetsky

Mr. Burnetsky began his fifth year on the board in January 2020.

A longtime resident and business owner in town, Mr. Burnetsky is proud of our district and will be working with his fellow board members to spend public funds wisely. He said the board should always be on the lookout for ways the district can be as efficient as possible. He is enjoying the opportunity to serve the district where his children attended school.

BOE Member Sharon Dey

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Sharon Dey

Mrs. Dey began her 12th year on the board in January 2020. 

An active member of the district’s Special Education Advisory Council, she is committed to being an advocate for all children, as well as for working families and taxpayers.

She is interested in increasing the transparency of the board’s and in involving the community in the board’s efforts to improve education through sound fiscal and educational decisions.

BOE Member Tara Rivera

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Mrs. Tara Rivera

Mrs. Rivera began her third year on the board in January 2020. She has been a resident of Jackson for more than 25 years and has two children. She has a college MA level background in Education, Special Education and Psychology. She has extensive experience in advocacy and working as an integral part of a team in decision-making processes.

She is committed to working alongside other board members in all aspects to ensure all students reach their maximum potential with the highly qualified staff that support them. Her vision is to have transparency in all areas and to help families and staff work collectively and respectfully.

BOE President Scott Sargent

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Scott Sargent

Mr. Sargent re-joined the Board of Education in October 2019, when he was selected to fill a vacant board seat. He previously served on the board for six years.

A committed public servant, his goal is to represent all the taxpayers of Jackson, not just individual groups. Among his goals are to explore ways to increase efficiency in all areas and to ensure the safety and security of our students and staff.