Friday, January 11, 2013
Ana Vander Woude was elected President of the Board of Education.
New leadership is underway in the Holmdel school district after Ana Vander Woude was elected President and Dennis Pavlik Vice President. Vander Woude and Pavlik took the reins from sitting board members Barbara Garrity and Robin Wetmore, after a close vote for both seats. Vander Woude garnered five of the nine board votes, while Pavlik also won his seat with five votes. Wetmore and Board member Mike Sockol were also nominated for the president and vice president seats. The new leadership comes at a contentious time on the board, after allegations of "bullying" between board members were brought up publicly at a November meeting by Vander Woude and Pavlik. Those allegations were contested by Garrity and Superintendent Barbara Duncan. Three …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
The members received word last week and have retained private attorneys to defend themselves.
Three Holmdel Board of Education members have been accused of violating a code of ethics by another board member or members, the public learned Wednesday night at the school board meeting at Satz School. The three board members, Ana Vander Woude, Dennis Pavlik and Phyllis Pascucci, said at Thursday night's meeting that they stand accused after raising a concern on Oct. 27 related to a school district employee's second job. The concern was discussed in a private session with the the school's central office. But the three board members said they felt "intimidated" and "bullied" by certain board members as a consequence of bringing up the matter. They, and other members of the board, have declined to be more specific about the concern …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Board President Barbara Garrity issued a statement Monday morning stating board policy was not violated.
Monday, December 3, 2012
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 …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Dennis Pavlik and Ana Vander Woude say they have been made to feel intimidated for bringing to a light a "serious" and "delicate" issue they say they cannot speak publicly about.
A routine Board of Education meeting took an unexpected turn Wednesday night when two board members took the unusual action of reading aloud statements that said they feel intimidated by the board and its attorney as a consequence of raising a certain "delicate" and "serious" issue in October. Members Dennis Pavlik and Ana Vander Woude said they fear they are now at risk for being slapped with ethics violations, and for being sued -- and now must take steps to defend themselves and their families. At the conclusion of their statements, which was followed by an awkward silence, Board President Barbara Garrity and Board Attorney Martin Barger said they could not comment on their allegations, because the matter involves personnel -- …