The following statement was issued by the Holmdel School District on Monday morning, around 9 a.m.
A number of parents have expressed their concern about the nature of a recent investigation involving a school staff member. The matter came to public attention following comments made by two members of the Holmdel School Board, which included a reference to recent controversies involving Penn State and Brookdale Community College. While aspects of the matter remain confidential because it involves personnel, I can share a few important facts.
First, school district policy allows staff members to pursue outside consulting activities on their free time outside of their normal business hours. When the Board of Education learned that a staff member may have failed to follow this policy, it requested an investigation conducted by our school attorney. After an extensive review of all the evidence, it was determined that the staff member did not violate the policy. We are respecting this staff member's right to keep the investigation private, which this person specifically requested.
Second, we understand that any reference to Penn State might trigger alarm bells among parents. Let me further emphasize that this matter did not include any allegation or finding of inappropriate behavior involving children.
Third, the reference to Brookdale is also unfair. The investigation did not involve financial improprieties. As I mentioned earlier, the investigation simply involved a matter of policy and whether it was being followed correctly.
I hope this information is helpful. I will provide you with further updates as needs arise.