Support for school board member Castriotta

Maureen Castriotta, the Roxbury school board member censured last month by her colleagues, is getting support.

A citizens’ group called Roxbury TEAM for Taxpayers Education Association Members has formed and will hold its first event _ a fundraiser on July 16 at the township home of Craig Heard from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $25 per person and the idea is to raise money to support Castriotta’s legal fight against the censure.

That sounds like a peachy evening, but here’s a better idea: How about the school board come to its collective senses and rescind the censure?

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About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

6 Responses to Support for school board member Castriotta

  1. P says:

    How do you legally fight a censure? Does a court have the ability to force a BOE to “eat its words”? And in the end, doesn’t the censure say more about what a bunch of toadies the members who voted Yes really are? She should wear it as a Badge of Honor.

  2. Well, you appeal the board’s action (censure)… first to an administrative law judge and then, to the state education commissioner … They have the power to supersede or to annul the board’s decision

  3. Ted says:

    Actually Fred, a Sussex-Wantage school board member, Raymond Delbury appealed a censure in 2009. The State Appellate Court upheld the censure

  4. Ted says:

    Raymond Delbury was censured by the state Board of Education on Dec. 18, 2007, for violating the code when he placed a classified advertisement in a local newspaper inviting readers to contact him, as a board member, “for answers to (their) questions” and for attempting to “micro-manage” the K-8 school district instead of establishing policies for the district, according to the 12-page appeals court ruling.

    Delbury was also charged with refusing to follow protocol. Citing ethics violations, Delbury was prohibited from speaking on behalf of the school board and from speaking to members of the press without consent from the board president.
    According to an ethics complaint against him, Delbury just “shows up at the board office and takes copies of documents he wants without asking or telling anyone what he takes,” and “treats teachers and other educators in a “demeaning and harassing manner.” The ethics complaint was filed Dec. 11, 2006

    Source nj.com: published 8/10/2009

  5. dominospizza says:

    The Raymond Delbury censure case was filed with the School Ethics Commission, a whole different animal from the administrative law judge and Commissioner of Education.

  6. Ted says:

    If you think so. I’ve beenthrugh both

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