East Orange School District

East Orange Board of Education

The East Orange Board of Education consists of seven members who are appointed by the Mayor of East Orange. The board works to ensure that all stakeholders—administrators, educators, and students—meet or exceed the district’s educational goals. Board members volunteer their time and expertise to set district policies, allocate budgets, set district goals and priorities, and hire and retain exceptional staff members.

2017-2018 Board of Education Schedule

We welcome your attendance at any of our regular board meetings, which take place at the Administration Building in Conference Room A, 199 Fourth Avenue, East Orange, NJ, unless otherwise specified. Please also view our annual meeting notice for more information.

2017-2018

August 8, 2017
September 12, 2017 
October 10, 2017
November 14, 2017
December 12, 2017
January 16, 2018
February 13, 2018
March 13, 2018
March 29, 2018 - Budget Hearing
April 17, 2018
May 8, 2018
May 16, 2018 - Annual Reorganization Meeting
June 12, 2018
June 28, 2018

East Orange Board of Education Members

Bergson Leneus
President
Term in Office: 2015-2018
Biography

About Bergson Leneus

Mr. Bergson Leneus was born in Newark, New Jersey to Haitian immigrant parents. He grew up right here in East Orange. Born the second of four boys, Mr. Leneus has lived with his wife and four children and worked in the City of East Orange for over fifteen years. Mr. Leneus, better known as “Berg” to close family and friends, graduated from Seton Hall Preparatory High School and earned his bachelor degree in philosophy from Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. 

Mr. Leneus is also the property manager for The Park View at 320 where he manages several hundred units within the City of East Orange. Bergson has over five years of experience in the property management field. During this time, He has overseen the due diligence and eventual acquisition of over 60 million in assets in the local community. Berg has also overseen over fifteen million in capital improvement renovations over the past three years. 

Bergson's community involvement continues, as he is also the president of a nonprofit organization called the Leneus Family Foundation. Founded in 2013 the organization is dedicated to creating opportunities for children in the local community of East Orange as well as Haiti. 

Mr. Bergson Leneus’ success not only in business but in community involvement has proven him to be a pillar of strength. He continuously finds new ways to improve himself and gives back to the community. From his experience as a property manager, to his experience as the East Orange Board of Education President, and President of the Leneus Family Foundation, Berg is a well-rounded individual whose roots lie within the community.

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Terry Swanson-Tucker
Vice President
Term in Office: 2017-2020
Biography

About Terry Swanson-Tucker

Terry M. Swanson-Tucker is a dedicated and consummate professional specializing in fundraising, event planning, and executive concierge. With over fifteen years in government, political, and corporate management, Terry has combined her education, business acumen, creative talent, and experience to create Swantuck, LLC. Swantuck is a boutique service that creates and hosts events perfectly designed to meet the specific needs of the individual and the occasion.  

Terry first discovered her passion and talent for fundraising and event planning while working for the Essex County Democratic Committee of NJ in the role of executive director. This propelled Terry to further get involved in community activities as both a volunteer and in appointed positions. These activities include organizations such as: Women Advocate for Good Government (WAGG), legislative direct liaison to Senator Nia Gill and Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver, PTSA president of the Essex County Vocational and Technical School, member of the East Orange Recreation Advisory Board, and the Essex County Regional School Board (appointed).

While working full-time, and a mother of four, she effectively managed to serve as an East Orange Democratic Committee woman, serve on the East Orange Recreation Advisory Board, be a founding board member of the East Orange Junior Jaguars Pop Warner Organization and the former president of the Kuzuri Kijiji Tenants Association. Terry was later elected to serve as a New Jersey Democratic State Committeewoman and has been recently appointed to the East Orange Board of Education. Terry recently obtained a degree in sociology and currently serves as executive committee member for the Essex Regional Board of Education.

This active and involved mother of four is now also a grandmother of five. Time has only increased Terry’s energy, vision, and fortitude to make the state and the community a better place.  

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be” - Maya Angelou

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Dr. Kristie M. Howard
Term in Office 2016-2019
Biography

About Dr. Kristie M. Howard

Dr. Kristie M. Howard has dedicated her life to public service in the City of East Orange. She previously served on the East Orange Board of Education from 2009-2012 and as vice president from 2011-2012. She also served as a member of the Rent Control Board and the Zoning Board for the City of East Orange. Dr. Howard is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., a public service organization.

Dr. Howard was employed by the City of East Orange from 2003-2007 where she worked as the city’s grants coordinator and also worked for the Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs. She is an educator by passion and began her teaching career in 1995 as a middle school teacher in the East Orange School District. She is currently employed as the director of student services at the Asbury Park School District. Before coming to the Asbury Park School District, her administrative career was spent entirely within the Essex County Vocational Technical School District for 10 years.

Dr. Howard graduated with a bachelor of science in athletic training from Howard University and earned a juris doctor from Howard University School of Law. She also earned a master’s degree in educational administration from Seton Hall University.

Additionally, Dr. Howard was admitted to the New Jersey State Bar in 2007 and subsequently later admitted to the United States District Court for the State of New Jersey. She privately practices law as a sole practitioner with the Law Offices of Kristie M. Howard, LLC. 

Most importantly, Dr. Howard is the proud mother of three children; Tierra, Carrington, and Chance.

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Cameron B. Jones, Sr.
Term in Office: 2017-2020
Biography

About Cameron B. Jones, Sr.

Mr. Jones, a 10-year East Orange resident, was appointed to the East Orange Board of Education in May 2008 and is serving a three-year term. As a member, he describes his primary agenda as maximizing the students’ experience and raising their levels of achievement and the attainment of their goals and aspirations. He believes that community involvement is essential in order for those goals to be reached. He sits on several board committees including legislative affairs, which he chairs, parental involvement, and CWA negotiations.

Mr. Jones is the district office chief of staff for Speaker Oliver who made history in January 2010 when she became the first African-American woman to hold the top post in the New Jersey Assembly. He joined her staff in 2006 and works in the East Orange district office, which serves the constituents of the 34th Legislative District, which includes Clifton, East Orange, Glen Ridge, Montclair, and Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson). In his role, Mr. Jones has multiple responsibilities designed to fulfill Speaker Oliver’s goals and agenda for her legislative district. They include maintaining and managing the district office and coordinating constituent services and district activities. He serves as a liaison between Speaker Oliver and her constituents and works to ensure their issues and concerns are addressed. He serves as her representative at meetings and events and also coordinates her meeting and event calendar. 

Mr. Jones is also a member of the Essex Regional Educational Services Commission (ERESC), and he serves as a volunteer with the East Orange General Hospital Community Outreach Program.

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Marjorie Perry
Term in Office: 2016-2019
Biography

About Marjorie Perry

Marjorie Perry is the president and CEO of MZM Construction & Management Company, Inc. Marjorie built a career working for such corporations as 3M, Johnson & Johnson, and United Airlines before launching her own consulting firm focused on helping entrepreneurs succeed in the marketplace. Impressed by her insight and vision, MZM Construction, which was one of her clients at the time, asked her to join the business as a partner. Eventually Marjorie became the sole principal and CEO of the company. Under her guidance, MZM Construction has enjoyed over 20 years of profitable performance.

Marjorie excelled in additional coursework at Rutgers, Stevens, NYU, and NJIT. She received her MBA from NJIT and completed leadership for the 21st century at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Her passion for continuing education carries over into MZM’s commitment to keeping up with new industry developments and technologies that can benefit their clients.

Marjorie has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being listed in New Jersey’s premier business publication, NJBIZ, as one of NJ’s best 50 women in business and as one of the top 25 entrepreneurs in New Jersey. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie selected Marjorie to be a member of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. More recently, she was announced as the SBA’s 2012 New Jersey small business person of the year.

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Lena Ragin
Term in Office: 2017-2018
Biography

About Lena Ragin

Ms. Ragin represents many of the parents here in East Orange. She is a parent, a volunteer, and hard working. She has lived in the community for the past nine years advocating for not only her own children but also those in the district. She has been on the student leadership council at Garvin, and PTO president of Costly. Ms. Ragin believes that parents are our children’s first teacher and are the best advocates for their children. She believes that serving on the board is one of the most humbling experiences because it's about all of our children getting the best education possible. She believes public school resources need protecting so that we can give our children equitable excellence in achievement of their life goals.

Ms. Ragin is a realtor by trade for over six years with KW NJ Metro Group in Montclair. She sits on the East Orange Historical Society, and the East Orange Chamber of Commerce. She is also a member of the NCNW and NAACP National Association of Realtors, and National Association of Real Estate Brokers. She brings with her experience in various areas of housing, insurance, transportation, banking, and human resources. She looks forward to helping you serve your children.


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Jenabu C. Williams, MPA
Term in Office: 2015-2018
Biography

About Jenabu C. Williams, MPA

Jenabu C. Williams was born in Newark but educated in the East Orange Public School system since he was in the fourth grade. Mr. Williams attended Columbian Elementary School, Sojourner Truth Middle School and he graduated from Clifford J. Scott High School in 1992. Mr. Williams participated and excelled in track and field throughout his high school career and in 1992, he won the Northern Hills Conference Championship in the 800-meters, 1600-meters, and the 1600-meter relay. 

Mr. Williams went on to attend Montclair State University where he became a Division III National Champion and All American by helping his team win the 1600-meter relay at the 1993 National Championship in Baldwin, Ohio. Mr. Williams graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and he went on to attend Rutgers University where he graduated in 2009 with a masters in Public Administration/ Public Policy.

Mr. Williams truly enjoys youth and he has worked with and around them throughout professional career.  Mr. Williams was a Crisis Intervention Teacher in the Newark Public School system and an Elementary School - Special Education Teacher in the Plainfield Public Schools system for a combined 8 years.  Mr. Williams also has extensive Leadership and Management experience and he is the former Director of Residential Services for Youth Consultation Service of Newark, former Program Director - Interim Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Newark, and the former Associate Executive Director of the YMCA of Eastern Union County.  

Mr. Williams is currently the Executive Director of Sigma Community Enrichment Initiative (SCEI). SCEI is a 501(C)(3) Non-Profit organization based out of Newark, NJ and their mission is to provide youth and young adults facing adversity with strong, enduring, professional services and mentoring services that will change their lives for the better. SCEI partners with families, volunteers, organizations and the community at large to inspire positive change through education, scholarships, community enrichment, and other charitable activities. 

Mr. Williams is an active member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. – Chi Sigma Chapter and he spends countless hours mentoring hundreds of young men through their Sigma Beta Male Mentoring Club. Mr. Williams is also a proud member of Agape Christian Ministries located in Paterson, NJ where he is the Director of the churches My Son Ministry. Mr. Williams attributes his commitment to community service and to mankind to the strong Christian foundation that was instilled by his loving parents, the countless number of great teachers/ coaches he has had through EOBOE, personal and professional mentors, and the lessons of perseverance he learned from participating in track and field. Mr. Williams currently resides in East Orange, New Jersey with his loving wife Bennay and their two sons, Addae and Joshua.

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