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School board swears in new member; has same U.T. representatives

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Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 11:08 am

OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Board of Education gained a new member last week. 

Dr. Patrick Kane, of Ocean City, took the oath of office to join the school board during a Wednesday, Jan. 8, reorganization meeting. 

Six people ran for three available seats on the school board in the November 2019 election. 

Incumbents J. Tiffany Prettyman, Gregory Whelan, and Dale Braun ran against newcomers Conor Fleming, Kane, and Melissa Flink. 

Prettyman and Whelan won reelection, with 1,914 and 1,607 votes, respectively.  Kane got 1,303 votes and Braun earned 1,091 votes. 

Flink received 1,027 votes and Fleming 900. 

Braun was honored for his service during a Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 school board meeting. 

Whelan also took the oath of office on Jan. 8, as did some of the Upper Township representatives on the school board.  Prettyman and Holmes were not present at the meeting.  

Ocean City has a sending-receiving agreement with Upper Township for high school students. 

In 2020, Upper Township will have the same representatives as in 2019 – William Holmes, Fran Newman, and Bill Sooy. 

Members of the school board voted for Joseph Clark to serve again as the school board president, and Jacqueline McAlister was elected again to serve as the vice president. 

Kane, of Ocean City, has three children, including two who are in the Ocean City Primary School. He and his family have lived in Ocean City for about four years. 

Kane is an orthopedic surgeon who is based out of Jefferson. He practices in Atlantic and Cape May counties. 

When asked how he felt his background in medicine could contribute to the school board, Kane said, “a larger, kind of, importance over the last year is to look at students and to look at overall health, and I’m hopeful I can be an advocate for that to ensure our kids have the best experience, the healthiest experience, as they go through school.”

Kane said, “I have young kids who are involved in Ocean City and part of the school system, so really I looked at it as an opportunity to try to give back and I can be active in the process of ensuring an optimum educational experience for the kids and the community of Ocean City.”


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