Evesham Township School Board member Rosemary Bernardi is resigning after becoming embroiled in a controversy over remarks she made at a school board meeting.
“It is with regret that I am submitting my resignation from Evesham Township School District effective immediately,” Bernardi said. “This local issue has become a distraction for the board to fulfill its mission which is ‘provide our students with an educational foundation, in a safe, caring, supportive environment through a cooperative partnership with parents and community. Through the continuous reexamination of this environment, we will create conditions to ensure that each student has the opportunity to learn to appreciate and respect the uniqueness of individuals and to develop the self-esteem necessary for risk-taking, problem-solving, and self-directed learning. This will enable all students to achieve the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards at all grade levels and to meet the challenges of an ever-changing global society.'”
Bernardi came under criticism after making comments at a school board meeting that many others found anti-Semitic.
Bernardi said her comments were out of context.
“There is an immediate need to shift the focus back onto the 4,700 public school children that we serve,” she said today. “I’m proud of my work over the course of the past 8 years and I have confidence that the district’s strategic plans which were developed this past year by the administration and community will be fully executed. I would like to thank everyone for their support. I look forward to seeing the important work our Superintendent John Scavelli is undertaking to strengthen public education for all our children in Evesham.”