SOMERS POINT — Todd Fath is the new president of the Somers Point Board of Education. He was chosen to lead the district by Atlantic County Executive Superintendent of Schools Richard Stepura.

Fath, 49, who is serving his third year on the board, is a West Point graduate and field engineer for Linde LLC, an industrial gas and engineering company.

Stepura appointed board member Staci Endicott board vice president.

The decision of appointing a president fell to Stepura after the board members voted at the reorganization meeting Jan. 9 and arrived at a tie, with Fath and Endicott getting three votes each. 

Type II school district boards of education are required to have nine members, but members Wesley Kazmarck and Darcy Brown, who are married, stepped down Dec. 31 because they moved to Ocean City. That left the board with seven members, one of whom was out of town and unavailable to vote, leaving six members to vote.

District Superintendent Tom Baruffi had planned to call for a new vote at the Jan. 18 meeting, but the deadlock precipitated that the decision go to the county superintendent. Stepura determined that Fath, who had been the board vice president in 2017 and continued to serve in that capacity, would be president, and Endicott, an educator in Egg Harbor Township, would be vice president.

Meanwhile, still two members short, the board invited Anthony Zappile to become a member, and he accepted.

Zappile ran for a board seat in the November election but came up short. He was sworn in at the Jan. 18 meeting.

Susan Irons, the board secretary and business administrator, has been accepting applications to fill the remaining vacant seat. The board will select the final member from the pool of qualified residents.

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