What a mess in Parsippany

It’s hard to believe how badly the school board in Parsippany has screwed up.

First of all,  the board gave its superintendent a lucrative contract to circumvent a pending state salary cap. That prompted the governor to condemn the superintendent as a poster boy for all that is wrong with the public school system. The gov. ordered through the county superintendent of schools that the contract be rescinded.

On Tuesday, the board refused to rescind it; In fact, it said it had filed suit to stop the state from voiding the contract. But wait, it turns out that the board president Anthony Mancuso authorized the suit without approval from the rest of the board.

Next Wednesday, the board will meet and presumably discuss this again. The way it stands now is that the school board is suing the state to preserve the right of its superintendent to get a new five-year contract that was granted to circumvent a pending state cap. But it’s a suit that some members are unhappy about.

Board president Mancuso has not been helpful, preferring not to talk about the matter.

As we said, what a mess!


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.

2 Responses to What a mess in Parsippany

  1. Mike says:

    What a disgrace! I am embarrassed to have such a School Board!

  2. Sharon M says:

    You called it, Fred! The schoolboard spoke on behalf of the taxpayers deciding Seitz needed his big, fat raise, without consultation or consideration. Chris Christie spoke out defending his position, which has been “shared sacrifice” – which the school board obviously doesn’t believe in. Then, Mancuso decided that even getting the school board to agree was as arduous as polling the citizens of the community and independently decided to defend himself/the Board. It’s insane, costly and creates a divisive, contentious situation. I personally can’t wait to vote out Mancuso – our own little Machiavelli really needs to go.

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