BOE Honors Outgoing BOE Member Jennifer Hudak
The Manchester Township Board of Education honored outgoing BOE Vice President, Jennifer Hudak, at their December 22, 2020 meeting. Mrs. Hudak has served on the board for nine years, serving as vice president for the past year. She has children in the district and is herself an alumnus of MTHS.
Superintendent of Schools, David Trethaway, thanked Mrs. Hudak on behalf of the board. “Thank you Mrs. Hudak. Nine years on the board goes by quickly sometimes, and sometimes it doesn't, but the one thing I always say when we talk about board members is I just hope that they are there for the right reason and we've been very fortunate here in Manchester. Mrs. Hudak has been here for the right reasons. She's always been an advocate for the students at all different levels, whether it's AP students, special needs students, basic skills students, she's always been an advocate.”
“You always look to a board member for a voice of reason and it's important to get board members like Jenn who are in the community, who have children in the community, have experience as a teacher, to be that voice of reason. So whatever decisions she made I think, whether yes or no, it was always based on what's best for the students, what's best for the parents, what's best for the staff, but most of all what’s best for Manchester. She has always been respectful and knowledgeable, she knew what the role of the board was and she was a strong advocate, as I said, for all those people. Most important is that she was always ethical and again all her decisions were based on what she felt was best for our students here. So I want to congratulate you and thank you for nine years on the board and for really some outstanding service to our district. Congratulations. We'll miss you.”
Mrs. Hudak remarked, “I just want to thank Mr. Trethaway and all the board members. This was a difficult decision for me because I have been doing this for nine years and I did join the board because I grew up in Manchester, I graduated from Manchester High School. My husband and I moved from Monmouth county and decided to raise our children here and Manchester has always just been a part of who I am so I'm gonna try not to cry. But at the same time you know my own children are getting older. I have two in college and I have one one left in high school and I really just felt like I was at a point where I wanted to, you know, try to squeeze out every last moment with them that I can. So you know again it was difficult. I'm going to miss my daily talks with Dave - I'm sure he's going to miss hearing from me. I have him on speed dial. I think you know everybody's here for the right reason and I know we have some wonderful board members joining the board in January. You know, as Mrs. Pedroza has said to me, I'll still be around, you're not getting rid of me. Thank you very much.”
Board President Ken Pate presented Mrs. Hudak with a plaque that read: “Distinguished Service Award for Jennifer Hudak. The Manchester Township Board of Education commends you for nine years of dedicated service to the district, students, staff and community of Manchester. Your leadership and years of service demonstrate excellence by example.”
Mr. Pate also paid tribute to Mrs. Hudak by turning over his gavel to her and asking her to preside over the voting portion of the meeting.