Stafford Board of Education Appoints Pierson as Newest Member

By David Biggy | Nov 27, 2019
Photo by: David Biggy Stafford Township School District Business Administrator Lourdes LaGuardia (center) swears in Katie Pierson (right) as the newest member to the Stafford Board of Education on Nov. 21. Superintendent George Chidiac looks on.

Stafford Township — During its monthly meeting on Nov. 21, the Stafford Township Board of Education approved the appointment of a new board member to occupy the seat left behind by Kevin Lyons Jr. in September.

After the then-eight member board unanimously voted in its newest member, Katie Pierson was sworn to her seat by Business Administrator Lourdes LaGuardia and the board again had a full crew of nine.

“I was aware there was an opening and I’m also aware of the pending cuts and what’s going to be coming up next year,” said Pierson, the mother of one child in the district and another who went through the district and now is at Southern Regional. “Based on my background, I felt like I could lend some value to the board.”

Last November, the younger Lyons – whose father, Kevin Sr., occupies a seat on the Southern Regional Board of Education and whose mother, Deborah, remains on the Stafford school board – was elected with 5,576 votes and began his eventual short stint with the board on Jan. 3. During the Sept. 19 meeting, the board announced that Lyons Jr. had resigned from his seat as he pursued higher career goals in law enforcement and no longer was able to commit the time necessary for board business on a regular basis.

With 60 days to fill the seat, the board went through the legal process of soliciting for candidates and brought in several for interviews. Pierson now will remain in the seat until the end of 2020, at which time she can seek election to the spot for another year, ending on Dec. 31, 2021 – the original ending date for Lyons’ three-year term. If Pierson desires to remain on the board she will be able to seek re-election in November 2021 for a full, three-year term.

“It was interesting process and it wasn’t easy,” Pierson said. “The board really did its due diligence and I appreciate that as a parent with a child in the district.”

As the months roll on, Pierson, senior director of Commercial Project Management for MJH Life Sciences in Cranbury, expects to be heavily involved in various aspects of board business.

“I have a lot of experience with budgeting and negotiations, and I manage cross-country teams, so not only am I able to facilitate communications between multiple groups, I’m well versed in other aspects that can help the board,” she said. “And I have a child in the district, so I have a vested interest in what’s going on here.”  —D.B.

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