Bayonne Board of Education Trustee David Watson resigns

In his resignation letter, Watson said he is moving for family reasons

Trustee David "Doc" Watson
Trustee David "Doc" Watson

Bayonne Board of Education Trustee David “Doc” Watson has resigned.

According to his resignation letter submitted to the board as of Nov. 19, Watson said he was resigning because he was moving out of the city.

“I needed to move for family reasons,” Watson said in his brief resignation letter. “Thank you for the experience.”

Watson made history last year, becoming the first elected Black trustee on the Bayonne Board of Education. There had been Black trustees in the past, but they were appointed, not elected.

Watson ran successfully alongside current Board President Maria Valado and Board Vice President Christopher Munoz. He was elected to a three-year term in 2020 and sworn in earlier this year, taking the seat of then Trustee Michael Alonso who had faced constant calls to resign following comments about George Floyd that many residents deemed racist.

Board bids farewell

At the November meeting, Valado wished Watson well and thanked him for his time on the board.

“Trustee David Watson has resigned and he will be missed,” she said. “I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. He resigned this month and he will be missed here on the board.”

The board has not yet chosen a replacement, who would serve out the remaining two years of Watson’s term until 2023. First the board must publish notice of the vacancy, including prerequisites and instructions on how to apply, before reviewing applications for a replacement trustee. Afterwards, the board will vote at a future meeting to appoint one of those applicants to fill the vacant seat.

A new trustee could be appointed to fill the rest of Watson’s term at the next meeting in December. The Bayonne Board of Education will meet on Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Alexander O’Connor Auditorium at Bayonne High School at 669 Avenue A. The public can attend in person or watch online on the board’s YouTube channel. For more information, go to

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