• Jeffrey P. Fischer, at right, with Michael McClure, the immediate past president of NJSBA, at a Feb. 17 meeting where Fischer was honored for an incredible 50 years of service to the children of New Jersey.

It was in 1979 when a 26-year-old named Jeffrey P. Fischer, who by that time had already been an elected official for seven years, was installed as president of the New Jersey School Boards Association.

Fast forward some 44 years to last week, and he was being honored for an incredible 50 years of dedicated service to the children of New Jersey as a board member serving Manchester Regional High School and Haledon Public School, both in Passaic County.

“Jeff Fischer has a remarkable record of service to public education in New Jersey,” said Dr. Timothy Purnell, executive director and CEO of the NJSBA. “His 50 years of service place him in exclusive company, as only a handful of public servants have spent so many years working to advance public education. We extend our warmest congratulations to him. What an achievement!”

Fischer, who was honored at the Manchester Regional Board of Education meeting Feb. 17, received a plaque from NJSBA along with a varsity jacket labeled “50-Year Board Member” from the board.

The school choir performed at the meeting to mark the recognition, and past board members as well as some of Fischer’s friends and family turned out for the celebration.