After more than a decade absent, Barbara Strobert returned to the Secaucus Board of Education in high fashion, as the leading vote-getter in Tuesday’s elections.
Strobert, who served in the board in the early 2000s, led the field of six candidates vying for three seats with 1,851 votes. Joan Cali also won with 1,777, and Mary Eccles with 1.542.
Incumbent Louis Giele finished fourth with 1,368. Giele’s loss may have been attributed to his defense of former High School Principal Robert Berkes – who the board removed from his position earlier this year but did not disclose the reasons. Other officials said it had to do with discipline of a student (see prior stories).
Strobert has been involved in education for decades and serves a position as a superintendent in another school district. In the past, she has overseen schools in places like Montclair.
She is also the mother of Steven Strobert, one of five Secaucus residents who perished as a result of the terrorists attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. She has been very involved in the Steven Strobert Foundation, a charity organization founded in her son’s memory.