Long-Serving LRHSD Board Member, John Jeffers, Honored for Years of Service
Board President Margaret “Cookie” Estlow, John Jeffers, Board Member Paula Lee
At its Feb. 20 regular meeting, the Lenape Regional High School District (LRHSD) Board of Education honored John D. Jeffers, a long-serving member representing Mt. Laurel, for his service. Jeffers, who is more commonly known as J.J., was elected to the Board in 1997.
His retirement from the Board coincides with his planned retirement in August from the Burlington County Bridge Commission. He has spent 35 years of his professional career with the Bridge Commission, starting in the Maintenance Department and serving for the last 10 years as executive director. He says that retirement will afford him more time with his family.
“I am proud of what the Board has accomplished for our school district, most notably getting the referendum approved for Seneca High School and the additions and updates to Cherokee, Lenape and Shawnee high schools,” Jeffers said. “We have great facilities, administrators, teachers, staff and programs in place to support our students. I look forward to seeing how our students continue to experience great personal growth in this exceptional learning environment.”
Jeffers credits LRHSD with putting his own children on paths to success. His three children, Alicia Biegun, Matt Biegun and Dustin Jeffers, all graduated from Lenape High School. Each went on to earn a master’s degree: Alicia in art education from Ohio State University, Matt in biomedical writing from the University of the Sciences and Dustin in speech pathology from Florida Atlantic University. Alicia is now an elementary art teacher at Avery School in Hilliard, Ohio, and Dustin is co-founder and head of operations for Saltwater Brewery in Delray Beach, Florida. Matt passed away in 2014.
Jeffers is a longtime Burlington County resident and moved to Mount Laurel in 1989. He and his wife, Jill, look forward to spending more time out of state to enjoy their growing family.
At the Feb. 20 Board meeting, LRHSD BOE President Margaret “Cookie” Estlow read a resolution to recognize Jeffers for his service to the district, and she presented him with a plaque. LRHSD Superintendent Carol Birnbohm, Ed.D. also thanked Jeffers for his contributions to the district over the past two decades.
“J.J. has given his time and energy to help us provide the best possible education for our students,” said Birnbohm. “We will miss his engaging speeches to parents and students about the importance of education and of strong parent-child relationships. All of us are grateful for the genuine concern and the commitment he brought to his role as a Board member.”
Pursuant to state statute, the LRHSD will advertise the vacant seat on the Board of Education and post it on the district’s website, www.lrhsd.org.