A "pro-education" faction took the presidency - and effective control - of the factionalized Willingboro school board last night.
The board appointed Gerald Whittle as president and Margaret Davis as vice president; both are ardent administration supporters.
Their gain meant a loss for those board members who have traditionally criticized the administration, including former board President Elmer Corda. The April 4 election shifted the makeup of the board more firmly from administration critics to administration supporters.
Appointment of the board's lawyers generated the most debate at last night's reorganization meeting, as longstanding administration opponents fought in vain to safeguard their choices for board solicitor, negotiator and special counsel. The board retained solicitor Paul Serrell and special counsel Robert Martinez and tabled the vote on the negotiator.