In a statement issued today, Board President Barbara Garrity responds to comments made at Wednesday's Board of Education meeting by two of its members.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Recently, two members of the Holmdel School Board, Ana Vander Woude and Dennis Pavlik, issued public statements claiming that they had been “bullied” when they raised a “serious” issue involving school personnel in October. They claimed the school board, school attorney, and school administration attempted to silence them with threats of potential legal action and ethics violation charges. These claims are completely false. No one is deliberately hiding anything. They were never “silenced.” They know there are rules involving personnel matters that require confidentiality. They also know the board responded rapidly to the issue they raised, and it has been thoroughly investigated to the satisfaction of the majority of the board’s …
Superintendent Barbara Duncan accepts a lower salary, capped by state regulations, and signals intent to continue through 2016.
The Holmdel Board of Education voted unanimously to renew the contract of Superintendent Barbara Duncan for a three-year contract, from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016. Duncan is paid $231,000 a year to oversee the 3,221-student Holmdel Township public school district in four buildings. Under the new state regulations to cap superintendents' salaries and end tenure, Duncan's salary will be capped at $167,500 based on Holmdel's district size and configuration. Going forward, a school superintendent's salary can be increased up to 15% via up to five possible “merit bonuses” payable that year only, and not pensionable. Before the Board vote on June 27, Board President Barbara Garrity said that the whole Board was pleased with Duncan’s …