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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. "

Louise Ciccone January 09, 2013 at 11:45 AM
Agreed! What a refreshing perspective, thank you Frank! Alison would be a terrific addition to the Board of Education.
clyde donovan January 09, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Do you see how all of this was planned to make your vote for Mancuso worthless?
Sick of the trolls January 09, 2013 at 07:12 PM
The only thing I see is you spinning more of your insane conspiracy theories "clyde." Talk about worthless...
George L. Blair January 09, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Gentleman and a Scholar.
Par4theCourse January 09, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Frank, thanks for all your years of volunteering. Whether people agreed with you or not, you put a lot of your time into the board. Good luck to you, Sir.
Dave Phillips January 09, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Good, he lost in the election, the people don't want him on the board.
Barbara Hackling January 10, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Absolutely agreed. Alison Cogan was next with line. The numbers are there. She should have the spot. She would be a refreshing addition to the BOE. We sure could use some refreshment right about now.
Hank Heller January 10, 2013 at 01:47 AM
I don't agree with you. Since Dr. Calabria and others have maintained, rather correctly, i believe, that the order of listing on the ballot is one of the most important predictors of how many votes will be garnered, it seems to me that the BOE should pick the next member, based upon who they think can provide the greatest benefit to the students, the taxpayers and the successful implementation of the business of the BOE. Hank Heller
Nancy January 10, 2013 at 04:05 AM
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.
Ray Santana January 10, 2013 at 04:07 AM
Actually, for those of you constantly spew negativity on this site about our school district and the BOE and don't recognize it, this is an example of integrity and leadership. Although Mr. Neglia clearly has the best resume for the position based on his experience, making him the most qualified of the individuals according to the criteria, he recognizes that the people of Parsippany voted Alison Cogan as the fourth most popular candidate. For some individuals to NOW say that ballot order played a role in the selection process, after vehemently denying any connection to it after the election is a rather interesting take. One can only hope that the current BOE will do what's right by the voters. At some point, hopefully, the negative posters on Patch will realize what a great school system we have. Thank you to those individuals who have volunteered their time to help make that happen. Thank you to former members Frank Neglia, Deborah Orme, and Andrew Choffo for fighting for what's right for the children of Parsippany and attempting to balance the needs of the students and teachers with the needs of the public at large. Kudos to Dr. Seitz for his visionary leadership. It is under his watch that our schools have risen to the lofty status we enjoy today. More Kudos to our administrators and teachers for their tireless work ethic and caring. As a parent and taxpayer, as well as an alumnus, I appreciate what all of these people have done for my children and their future.
steve revette January 10, 2013 at 05:16 AM
I happen to believe that we don't have a good school system. To me a good school system isn't just about grades it's about other things too. One of the big things on my list is RESPECT. When I was little my parents always taught me that if you want someone to be respectful to you then you need to be respectful to them. I Can't say anything about Eastlake and Brooklawn but at the Hills I believe some of the teachers and administrators and now Guidance counselors need to be more respectful to the students especially the special education students.
David Comora January 10, 2013 at 01:48 PM
I know everyone has their own experiences, but overall, I've been very happy with Parsippany's school system. Thanks Frank, for your valuable years of service to the Board. It would have been nice to see you back up there. I do agree that the next logical solution would be take the individual who has the next highest amount of votes as that is the will of the people, rather than the will of the Board.
Mark January 10, 2013 at 07:22 PM
If Cogan is not given the seat based on the vote totals, then something is seriously wrong.
Hank Heller January 10, 2013 at 08:50 PM
I don't agree with you. Since Dr. Calabria and others have maintained, rather correctly, i believe, that the order of listing on the ballot is one of the most important predictors of how many votes will be garnered, it seems to me that the BOE should pick the next member, based upon who they think can provide the greatest benefit to the students, the taxpayers and the successful implementation of the business of the BOE.
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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