Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Martin Barger has represented Holmdel School district since 1978.
Martin "Marty" Barger, who has served as Holmdel school board attorney for 35 years, said Tuesday that he will leave the board effective March 1. The school board is expected to accept his retirement at their meeting Wednesday evening at the Satz School library. His written statement indicates he is leaving for personal reasons, said Board President Ana Vander Woude. Michael Gross of the Red Bank law firm of Kenney, Gross, Kovats and Parton will take Barger's place to finish the fiscal year June 30, pending board approval. The firm has served as Board of Education’s labor/negotiation counsel for the 2012-2013 school year. "Despite the fact that no one can replace Marty, they will leave us in good standing," said Vander Woude. "I couldn't…
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The Holmdel Board of Education is meeting tonight at 8 p.m.
The Holmdel Board of Education is meeting tonight at 8 p.m. in the Satz School library. Presidents include fall sports awards for Holmdel High School and an annual financial report for the 2011/2012 school year. The board will also accept the retirement announcements of: In old business, the board is expected to share an update from Chartwell's about the Marley drink incident.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Schools Superintendent Barbara Duncan will meet monthly with the Holmdel Police Dept. to be even better prepared for any potential threat.
Friday, December 21, 2012
The following message to the Holmdel School Community was posted on the district website Friday from Superintendent Barbara Duncan. “Our hearts are broken…but our spirit is strong.” - The Community of Newtown A week has gone by, and still there are no words that adequately describe the anguish felt by us all, no way to make sense of this senseless act, and no answers to the most difficult question of all: why? Last week’s events have, no doubt, sparked renewed debate across this land about many things, including gun control, mental health treatment, and of course, school security. At Wednesday night’s BOE meeting, a number of parents expressed concern about our district’s preparedness for such an event. Some wondered if we practiced …
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
The school district released a statement Monday saying that an investigation is ongoing.
Marley's Mellow Mood drinks were yanked from the cafeteria in Satz and Holmdel High School following action taken by the Holmdel School District and school food vendor Chartwells on Monday. In addition, the on-site manager for Chartwells has been removed from the job pending further investigation, said Nancy Quinn, a regional vice-president for the school's Pennsylvania-based company. Superintendent Barbara Duncan was not available for interviews on Monday, but through a written statement distributed by her office she said that she first learned of children becoming ill after drinking Marley's Mellow Mood drink on Friday, when contacted by Satz School Principal Arthur Howard. "We called for an immediate and thorough investigation by …
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 …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Marley's Mellow Mood beverage makes several kids mellow on Friday at Holmdel's Satz school.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
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 …
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 -- …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Moving the Board of Education candidate election from spring to November is expected to increase voter participation.
For the first time, this fall the Board of Education elections will be included in the November 6 general election ballot rather than in the spring election as has been customary in the past. The Board voted for this change in the hope of increasing voter participation and to reduce our elections costs. While our election costs are sure to decline, we would be disappointed if confusion over the school election date or where to find the races on the ballot reduced voter turnout for these important choices. Board of Education elections are non-partisan, and so are separated from the partisan races on the ballot. According to an early sample ballot provided by the Monmouth County Board of Elections, our BOE elections will be in a separate …