The Linden Board of Education swore in three new members at its annual organization meeting on Thursday, Jan. 7.

Newcomers Samuel De La Cruz Jr., Jennifer Flemming, and Malaysia Thomas were sworn in to three-year terms. All were elected on Nov. 2.

The new board chose Doris Johnson as its president. Carlos Rivas was chosen as vice president.

“The seeds we plant are watered by working together,” Johnson said. “I’ve very happy to be appointed as president by my fellow board members. It’s about transparency and working together to move our district forward.”

The board voted to set the meeting schedule for 2021, with most regular meetings scheduled for the final Thursday of each month.

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Samuel De La Cruz being sworn in to the Board of Education by Linden Mayor Derek Armstead.

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Malaysia Thomas being sworn in to the Board of Education by Linden Mayor Derek Armstead.

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Jennifer Flemming was sworn in to the Board of Education in a virtual ceremony.