Neglia Withdraws from School Board Consideration

Former board member supports Alison Cogan to fill vacant seat.

Former Board of Education member Frank Neglia is putting aside efforts to get back onto the board. 

Neglia, who served more than six years, sent a letter to the school district asking that his name be removed from consideration for the school board vacancy created when Joanne Mancuso decided not to take the seat she won in the November 2012 election.

The BOE will hold a special meeting at the administration building Thursday at 7 p.m. to fill the seat.

Others believed to be in contention for the open position are former candidates Alison Cogan and Anthony DeIntinis.

Neglia is giving his support to former running mate Cogan.

"Alison was the next person in line according to the resulting number of votes cast by the citizens of Parsippany," Neglia wrote. "She received 800 more votes than I received and over 900 more votes than any other opponent. The taxpayers /voters of Parsippany have made a clear indication of who they wish to be in the Board of Education seat and as elected officials it is very important to listen to them. ... Alison should be given the opportunity. "

Nicole January 10, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Mr. Santana, Very nice words but even though you are Mr. Neglia's stepson and a teacher in the district does not mean you are correct that Mrs. Cogan should automatically be selected. Mrs. Cogan lost two elections now. The board very well, may appoint Mrs. Cogan, but they should look at all the applicants and not base their decision on the amount of votes anyone received in the past.
Nancy January 10, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Just as I said before. I agree Hank and the best person that would provide the greatest benefit to the students, the taxpayers and the successful implementation of the business of the BOE is Alison Cogan. She has been at many meetings and during the last two elections she has received the 4th highest number of votes. It's clear that the people in Parsippany would like her to be on this school board
Jeff January 11, 2013 at 02:55 AM
Disgusted with this board - now they have voted for Deintnis. The person if I am correct had the least votes. Between cry baby lets throw out the kids from school Carifi to this ridiculous latest decision - I am completely concerned for this board and more importantly our schools.
Ray Santana January 12, 2013 at 03:07 AM
Nicole, Let's clarify a few things. I am not Mr. Neglia's stepson, I am his nephew. I am a teacher in the Parsippany Troy-Hills School District, and proud of it, from 7:45am - 3:00pm. After that time I am a taxpaying Parsippany resident who is the parent of three children, two of which are currently attending elementary school. My children will go to Brooklawn and Parsippany Hills because I believe in the Parsippany Troy-Hills School system. I, myself, am a product of this fine district. I agree the BOE should look at the resumes of those individuals who wish to fill the position. Alison Cogan has been to almost every BOE meeting for the last 4 or 5 years. She has a background in finance, and is a true volunteer in every sense of the word in multiple areas throughout our town, including athletics. She is a staunch supporter of education. She has demonstrated a commitment to all of the children of Parsippany. I don't even know her that well and these are things I know to be true. My teams have been matched up against her teams in many different sporting events, and each time I have been impressed with her demeanor as a coach and her team's sportsmanship. She reminds me a lot of the types of people we had sitting at those tables when I was going to school in Parsippany, Dr. Calabria, Dr. Ganghaderan, Dr. Vasile, and Dr. Perlett. I choose to support Alison because she will make my children's education the priority. It really doesn't matter who I'm related to.
Chris January 12, 2013 at 04:16 AM
I agree with Mr. Comora. I have had a fantastic experience with Parsippany's school system. I also thank you Frank for your years of service and outstanding commitment to our community as I thank all those who serve the community in one way or another. Time for a nice relaxing vacation with your family. It is well deserved.


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