The Linden Board of Education swore in three new members and one returning member at its annual organization meeting on Tuesday night, Jan. 8. It was also the first meeting for a member appointed in November.

Returning member Tracey Anne Birch and newcomers Ahmed Shehata and Katarzyna Kozak were sworn in to three-year terms. Sheenaider Guillaume took the oath for a two-year unexpired term. All four were elected on Nov. 7.

Elizabeth Welsh took her seat at the meeting after being sworn in in November. She was appointed following the resignation of board member Alexander Alvarez.

The new board chose Raymond J. Topoleski as its president and Theresa Villani as its vice president.

The board voted to set the meeting schedule for 2018, with regular meetings scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of every month, at Linden High School during the school year, and at the board offices at 2 E. Gibbons St. during the summer.

Tracey Anne Birch

Tracey Anne Birch being sworn in by Business Administrator and Board Secretary Kathleen Gaylord.

Katarzyna Kozak

Katarzyna Kozak being sworn in by Mayor Derek Armstead.

Ahmed Shehata

Ahmed Shehata being sworn in by Mayor Derek Armstead.

Sheenaider Guillaume

Sheenaider Guillaume being sworn in by Mayor Derek Armstead.

Elizabeth Welsh

Elizabeth Welsh being sworn in in November.