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January 15, 2015

(Newark, NJ) – The Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored West Caldwell resident Mary Davidson for her nearly 13 years of service as a member and 8-year President of the Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education during its Wednesday, January 14, 2015, meeting at the Hall of Records.  District 4 Freeholder Leonard Luciano of West Caldwell sponsored the Commendation and presented it to Ms. Davidson along with Freeholder Vice President Brendan Gill and Freeholder Patricia Sebold.

Mary Davidson of West Caldwell, former President of the Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education (center), was honored by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders for her nearly 13 years of service on the BOE during its January 14th meeting at the Hall of Records in Newark.  Pictured above with Davidson are: (from left to right) Freeholder Vice President Brendan Gill of Montclair; District 4 Freeholder Leonard Luciano of West Caldwell and Freeholder Patricia Sebold of Livingston.  PHOTO BY GLEN FRIESON

Freeholder Luciano introduced Davidson as someone who has always been concerned with providing quality education and wide-ranging opportunities to the District’s students and remarked that under her leadership, “the Board has enjoyed so many noteworthy achievements that are a testament to her hard work and ability to build partnerships.”  A public school teacher himself, Luciano lauded Davidson’s service saying, “Mary, speaking as a teacher and for teachers everywhere, I want you to know that you are exactly the kind of President we would like to have leading our respective Boards of Education; and as a resident of West Caldwell, I have closely followed, appreciated and respected the great job you’ve done for the administrators, teachers and students of the District.  On behalf of the Freeholder Board, it really is my honor to present you with this Commendation, and to offer my sincere thanks and congratulations for a job well done.”

“It has been my pleasure to serve on the Board of Education for the last 12 ½ years and to have worked with many different and unique people with different personalities and opinions”, said Davidson.  “We might not have agreed
all the time, but we were able to reach a consensus on so many difficult issues because at the end of the day, we all recognized that the purpose of being on the Board of Education was to serve the students of the District, and to provide them with the best education possible.”  She said she is most proud of the successes and accomplishments of students who attended the Caldwell-West Caldwell public schools, and added that her time on the BOE “…has given me a much greater appreciation for the role of public education in our communities, and of just how important it is to maintain a high quality public education, because I believe that is what makes our communities strong.”

Davidson left the Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education on January 5, 2015, after nearly 13 years of outstanding service.  As the mother of four District schoolchildren, she served in volunteer roles at her children’s schools for many years before being elected to the first of her four consecutive terms on the Board of Education in 2002, during which her colleagues elected her President eight times.

During her tenure she played a key role in many of the District’s accomplishments and in effectuating many important changes, including the establishment of the first School Resource Officer program at James Caldwell High School in conjunction with the Township of West Caldwell and its Police Department, as well as the initiation of many safety upgrades in all the District’s schools.  She is also proud of the passage of a $14.5 million bond referendum in 2007 that provided funding for the complete renovation of the Center for Performing Arts at James Caldwell High School and school cafeterias, among many other upgrades throughout the District.  Additionally, in spring 2014 the Board of Education built a playground at Harrison School for Special Needs students in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club.  Most recently, the communities of Caldwell and West Caldwell approved an $18,250,000 bond referendum to provide funding for the complete renovation of all the athletic fields and sports complex at James Caldwell High School, in addition to funding technology, safety and environmental upgrades in the District.

Davidson has resided in West Caldwell for more than 30 years and is married to her husband, Richard.  A Registered Nurse in her professional life, she earned her diploma in Nursing from Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, her Bachelor of Nursing degree from William Paterson University, has worked for a private doctor’s practice in West Orange for over 20 years, and previously worked at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston in the Burn Unit and Emergency Department.

Freeholder Luciano was elected to his second term as District 4 Freeholder in November of 2014, and represents the following 11 towns: Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Essex Fells, Fairfield, Livingston, Millburn, North Caldwell, Roseland, Verona, West Caldwell and West Orange.

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For Additional Information:
Gary Kroessig, Public Information
Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders


Board of Chosen Freeholders, County of Essex
Hall of Records - Room 558, 465 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., Newark, New Jersey 07102
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