Lumberton Township Committee & Township Schools Partner To Host Students For “Be A Municipal Official For A Day” Program
March 30, 2017 – Lumberton Township – At the March 28, 2017 Lumberton Township Committee Meeting, students from the Young Republic, the student government for the Lumberton Middle School, took the helm of Township Government as part of the “Be a Municipal Official for a Day” program. Last year, students from the Lumberton Middle School formed the Young Republic, a democratically elected student government, with elected officials from two parties, the Blue Party and the Gold Party. These elected officials have adopted a constitution and Bill of Rights for their fellow students, in addition to having the responsibility of representing their classmates before School District’s Administration and the Board of Education. During Tuesday Night’s Township Meeting each student elected official was paired with one of the Township’s Elected or Appointed Officials, to conduct an actual Township Committee Meeting.
“Since being appointed Mayor back in the beginning of 2016, Township and School Officials have conducted quarterly meetings to discuss various matters between our two organizations and one idea was to engage our local students on the role of the local government in their community,” stated Mayor Sean Earlen. “Tonight we welcomed these students to the Township Municipal Building, took them on a tour of our departments and had them shadow our local officials through our regular township meeting, allowing them to truly take part in conducting the business of Township Government with our Township Committee Members affirming each of their actions,” added Mayor Earlen.
Prior to the start of the Township Meeting at 7:30pm, each student was given the opportunity to sit down with the Elected or Appointed Township Official they would be shadowing, to discuss their role in the meeting and how each would contribute to enacting the items on that evening’s agenda. Students that evening took part in adopting a capital ordinance to assist both the Police and Public Work’s Department with purchasing equipment, they approved resolutions to cancel unused capital fund balances, to correct an employee’s salary, to issue a tax refund to a disabled Veteran, to clean up Township paperwork issues and paid the Township’s bills.
“We hope that tonight was a great learning experience for our local students and that most importantly they had fun running their Town’s government for a day,” concluded Mayor Earlen.
Here are the Students’ Names and the Positions they held:
|Mayor||Jacen Januseski||Sean Earlen|
|Deputy Mayor||Kimberly Kraska||Jim Conway|
|Committee Member 1||Rohan Patel||Lewis Jackson|
|Committee Member 2||Griffin Gaughan||Kristin Januseski|
|Committee Member 3||Hailey Timmons||Mike Mansdoerfer|
|Twp. Administrator||Vivian Bui||Brandon Umba|
|Chief Financial Officer||Devin Fox||Robin Sarlo|
|Twp. Clerk||Prattasha Masheat||Debra Shaw-
|Twp. Solicitor||Carolina DeJoseph||George Morris of
|Police Chief||Joshua Pechin||Chief Anthony DiLoreto|
|Police Lt. Office
|Ian Phillips||Lt. Ed Begolly|
|Police Lt. Patrol||James Humphreys||Lt. Nicholas Peditto|
|EMS Chief||Mason Conger||Chief Jamie Wood|