Montville Town Council appoints new member to school board

Montville — A former Town Council candidate and father of two Montville Public Schools students will fill the empty seat on the Montville school board for the remaining 10 months of the term.

Joseph Aquitante III will sit on the board through this year’s budgeting season until the term left vacant by Kim Navetta expires in November.

The Town Council confirmed Aquitante unanimously Monday at a special meeting. His first school board meeting will be on Feb. 28. He also serves on the Zoning Board of Appeals, which hears individual requests from people who contest the town’s zoning regulations.

Aquitante, 41, said he will decide whether to run for a full term on the board after he serves the remainder of Navetta's term.

"As of now, I'm just getting my feet wet," he said.

It was the second time the Town Council voted on a candidate to fill the seat since Navetta’s resignation.

Republican Town Committee Chairman Thomas McNally initially was the only person to come forward to fill the spot, but the Town Council voted 5-2 along party lines last month against his appointment.

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