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…
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 -- …