At the Hopewell Valley Regional School Board this week, three school board members were given the oath office: returning school board member Michael Markulec, and new members Susan Pollara and Peter DiDonato.

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The BOE also took reelected Lisa Wolff as School Board President and newly elected Alyce Murray as Vice-President.

Wolff, who addressed concerns regarding the school referendum, as well as contract negotiations, and thanked the board for reelecting her,  “It is my honor to serve on this board and I appreciate your confidence for electing me again.”

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Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.


  1. ‘Wolff, who addressed concerns regarding the school referendum’

    What were Wolff’s ‘concerns’?
    As someone who has very strong feelings about the debt we acquired,
    I would like to hear Wolff’s ‘concerns’. My ulterior motive is to make
    Hopewell Valley into a place that accepts everyone.Every tax-dollar means
    that certain people are excluded.

    ‘Concerns’ is usually a word meant when one is not ‘concerned’ at all.
    Just think about the difference between ‘I’m concerned about your health’
    vs. ‘I’m worried about your health’. One are the words of a therapist and
    the other are the words of a friend.

    Was that word Wolff used?

    • Thank you for your comment, Jean. I’m quite sure that Ms. Wolff did not use the word “concerns” — perhaps issues? I am working on publishing the BOE President speech in its entirety, so hopefully that will answer your questions.


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