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Schools Head on Bullying and District Controversies

Final installment of Patch's three-part series with Dr. LeRoy Seitz on back-to-school 2012.

The 2012-13 school year begins Thursday, and controversial Superintendent of Schools LeRoy Seitz says he wants to get the new year off to a positive start. In what is becoming a yearly tradition, Patch sat down with the superintendent Aug. 22 at the  building for a wide-ranging discussion on matters educational.

In , we covered the continuing athletic field brouhaha, school maintenance, property taxes and making difficult choices. In part two, we talked about district initiatives, the teacher tenure law and student achievement. This final part focuses on stopping bullying and harassment in schools, controversies that have created district distractions and whether it is true that apparently warring factions of the Board of Education just can't get along.

Patch: Last year, the primary push for Parsippany-Troy Hills schools was the . The state's unfunded , but you told me then that . What is the district planning for 2012-13, and what resources will be needed?

Dr. LeRoy Seitz: The HIB (harassment, intimidation and bullying) issue is a major one and [remains] a priority. What we found is that by highlighting [bullying], you get a halo effect—you tend to get a reduction. When we started it and people were new to the process—and the definition of HIBs is so broad that it can apply to just about any situation. But as the year went on, we got training for everyone and we're seeing it's a good thing because when there's an incident, whether it's bullying or not, we report it and kids know there are in some cases consequences. More importantly, there is a remedial element to get the child to understand that what he or she did is wrong and what they should do instead. And if they do feel frustrated or angry, there are ways to deal with it without attacking another person. So I think [the anti-bullying effort] was long overdue and we would love to see it funded, but it isn't, so we will just keep pushing forward with it.

As far as resources, we still have our , which focuses on bullying. We'd like to get that more engaged during the school year. But I think pulling back the curtains and putting light on the problem is probably the most effective thing that could have been done. Parents have a tool now: They can pick up the phone if there is a problem and we have to address it. Not that we wouldn't without the law, but I think right now because it's really spelled out very clearly what everybody's responsibilities are, parents and students are more willing to come forward and say, "My child's [or I am or my classmate is] being picked on, what are you going to do about it?" We know we have two days to get the report, 10 days to do the investigation and it gets reported to the . Then the parents of the children involved get letters telling them what we did [to address the situation] and they can come in if they want to talk about it if they feel it was inadequate.

So I really think this is a good thing, probably one of the better things that has happened in the last 10 years.

One of the interesting moves the schools made last year was offering the assembly for Rachel's Challenge, the nationwide kindness effort inspired by the first child killed at Columbine High School in Colorado. Will it continue?

Seitz: There was an effort at the Hills and the High to build a chain of kindness from one high school to the other. That was quite an effort. It's a nice program and a very moving program, but those one-shot programs don't seem to have a lasting impact. What you need is something you see and do every day. So with the teachers and coaches and the student leaders all being aware of [anti-bullying intiatives] and focusing on that and getting service organizations involved, you create greater awareness, and that's how you move the district forward. And we did see a significant reduction in reports of HIBs. 

That's great.

Seitz: It would be great to have a year without any HIBs, but the reality is we probably won't, so... The next thing, if you have someone who commits a HIB, what are you doing to change that behavior? That's what we're focusing on now.

Among the other new things we expect to see in the upcoming school year is the new and improved Pomptonian school lunch program.

Seitz: The school lunch program has a new component to it, nutritional guidelines. We'll be sending out information to the parents before the start of school. There will be a link to a website where they can get an understanding of why they're being charged more and getting what they may perceive to be less, the elimination of low-fat [flavored] milk. Really, it's a move in the right direction. When you begin to realize what you're eating and how it affects you, being pulled into eating healthier foods [in healthier portion sizes], it's a great thing. Look at portion sizes: That information came out about five years ago. That's a huge thing. They've used to have these huge muffins and now they offer littler muffins. The students adjusted to it, and they'll adjust to this. And they have an option of buying more protein or whatever [outside of the standard lunch] if that's what they want. 

The other new component, which we're not ready to go public with yet because we don't have the plan in place, is a breakfast program that will be launched at and schools in October. Breakfast will be available to everyone, but it's targeted to those in the free and reduced lunch category. Those schools were chosen because their poverty level has reached a certain point, perhaps due to the people affected by the floods. 

Have the schools had to make big adjustments to help students whose families were affected by Irene? 

Seitz: Not really. Initially, there was cleanup, and served as the . But the good thing is that the town was so supportive. Parents were either able to find someone to house them, and in a few cases—and it is really only a few—parents who had to move out of the sending area (Lake Hiawatha to Knollwood, for instance), were able to keep their children at their regular school if they had transportation because we knew they would be coming back. That happened very rarely; I'd be surprised if it was six times. But we made those adjustments. But once we got past the initial cleanup and providing clothing and other stuff [a number of PTAa held clothing and school-supplies drives], it really didn't impact the rest of the school year. We really didn't see students needing emotional support, but we had counselors available if they did. We're going to have to look carefully now at Knollwood and Rockaway Meadow because if [their displacement is] not a temporary thing, then those students may need some additional services, which we will be able to provide. We'll have to see how the next year goes and the year after that.

Yes, a number of families are still not in their homes.

Seitz: Yes, but [the town has] really handled it well.

It could be a whole lot worse, that's for sure. 

Seitz: I think the fact that the community was here and people didn't have to relocate to other states helped. Parsippany is big enough that Irene directly affected a relatively limited number of people and the rest of the town stepped right up. 

Now we get into dicey terroritory: There was a lot of controversy and chatter over the summertime incident involving the . I understand that driver is no longer employed by the district?

Seitz: That's correct.

Is the district looking into methods to better supervise the activities of drivers when they are on their rounds?

Seitz:  No, and I'll tell you why. That was, in my opinion, an anomaly. The bus driver readily admitted to it. The bus driver no longer works for us. We did notify the police, who are investigating. There's a form you have to fill out for the state as well, and we complied. The incident will be reviewed by the state. The driver could lose her commercial driver's license for six months or more. Fortunately, no one was injured. But we do monitor the performance of our bus drivers. We actually have a limited number of drivers who are district employees; most work for [bus company] STA, and we monitor them as well. If we saw a pattern develop, then we would take action, but I don't think one bus driver admittedly making a poor decision [stopping to pick up mail at a post office and leaving children alone on the bus] indicates that we have any systemic problems. If I were to see two, three or four instances of it, then yes, we would have a problem. But when that particular incident occurred, we spoke to all our drivers and reminded them of the guidelines we have. When they're hired and on a periodic basis [during their employment], they sign off on a document that lists all of their responsibilities, which verifies that they've read them, that they understand them and that they're doing them. So we have those things in place. 

I don't know what the woman was thinking... [After the incident took place] she didn't fight us and immediately said it was her fault, that she made a poor decision. But there is zero tolerance for that, and there's no question. Once we verified what took place, and it was that she left two students unattended on the bus, then she could no longer work for us.

You've seen that school board member regarding his complaints regarding alleged nepotism and alleged past legal infractions he has hinted about involving his fellow BOE members. He also alleges that you are harassing him with threats of ethics charges. And many people point to the recent $5,000 contract for former Supreme Court Justice Gary Stein to deal with "unspecified litigation" as being involved with this. Can you speak about this at all?

Seitz: Do you have a question?

Did you threaten Mr. Strumolo?

Seitz: No. But what I would say regarding questions about this situation is that if someone has a legitimate concern or grievance, they have three options: take it the board, take it to the state ethics commission or take it to the county prosecutor's office. If you're not doing that, then in my opinion you're just playing with public opinion.

At the same token, if the board hired someone to investigate a board member's actions or behaviors, someone said something to the board and the board found substance enough to ask an outside, independent person to see if there is substance to the charges that have been apparently made. Somebody or some people had a grievance and they did one of those three things—going to the board, the prosecutor or the ethics commission. There was substance, so an investigator [Gary Stein] was hired. Mr. Strumolo chose to go a different route, and I think that speaks volumes.

Clearly the board is not unified: There appears to be a divide between Strumolo and his apparent allies and the five longest-serving board members. How can this be remedied?

Seitz: I'm not sure I agree with that statement. Each board member is entitled to his or her opinion on any topic that comes before the board. There' s nothing in the regulation that says board members have to be friends and socialize with each other. I think it's been clear that some board members feel very strongly about certain issues and just because two board members have a different opinion on something doesn't make one right and one wrong. It doesn't make a divided board. If you go back over the votes of the last year and a half, you will see that the overwhelming majority of the items proposed have been approved, in many cases unanimously.  Where we have had differences, we had a board member who feels we should pay substitute teachers more, so that board member has voted no on hiring substitutes. Okay. That's a reasonable position. The other board members may disagree with it, but that doesn't make one person right and the others wrong. 

Whenever you have something as complex as a referendum [such as the ], there are a variety of options and again... Someone says, "I don't think we should re-do the track"... That doesn't make us divided. I don't think "divided board" is a fair description.  There are a lot of strong feelings on the board. I think people really want to have their position be the position of the board, and when that doesn't happen you do get a discussion, sometimes a very intense discussion. But again, a 5-4 decision doesn't mean five people right, four people wrong. It means five people will support the motion, four people will not and the motion passes. That's just the way it is.

If we were not making progress, if we weren't able to effectively run the school system, if the board were not meeting its governance responsibilities, then I'd think we had problems and a divided board. The opposite is true here: In terms of governance, while there may be debate and discussion, this district has continued to move forward, we've been able to administer programs regarding students' activities and performance, hire teachers and so forth. All that's been moving along. At the same time, if you have eight or nine board members with the same opinion, everyone says it's a unified board. Where you have a board with nine different opinions, the comment is that it is a divided board. I don't see that. If there were stonewalling going on, people refused to attend meetings and things were not being approved—say 60 percent of the items on the superintendent's bulleting were not getting approved, then you have a problem with governance and a problem with your board.

We're not seeing that. Things are getting done. The only thing we're struggling with is negotiations with four groups, all at the same time, and I think that is not a divided board. It's a board trying to address a very complicated situation.

I assume you're talking about public employees' health care contributions...

Seitz: Yes. If teachers' salaries are frozen, in four years a teacher will be taking home $8,000 a year less than they are today because of the contributions to health care. Do I think everybody should contribute toward health care costs? Absolutely. What that percent should be is open to discussion. But that requirement has made negotiations a challenge. And then when you have people on the board with strong opinions as to what we should do, that makes it difficult to get negotiations completed. 

They're working at it and it's going to be a long process. If you go back five years, when we started negotiations with the paraprofessionals' union, people might say we had a unified board. It took . I don't think the personalities on the board are driving this. I think the complexity of the negotiations in this new environment are making it challenging.

Do you think there is a possibility we will see contracts for the four unions this year?

Seitz: Absolutely.

is expected finally to get its hearing in court in September. Of course we have no idea how a judge will rule, but what happens should you prevail in your legal action?

Seitz: I'll finish out my contract. [The one has not been signed due to the litigation, but it is supposed to run through 2015].

And if you don't prevail...

Seitz: Whichever side does not prevail will appeal to the appellate court. Right now, it's being heard by an administrative law judge. His decision will go to the commissioner [Christopher Cerf], who will either approve or disapprove it.  I would anticipate that even if I am successful that the commissioner may disapprove of the administrative law judge's decision. 

There's a legal issue and there's a political arena here too. The good thing is it hasn't impacted the school district and hopefully it will be resolved soon.

Finally, what keeps you in Parsippany? What makes you excited to head this school district?

Seitz: They're one and the same. This is a great school district. I love the job I do. If you love what you're doing and have a great place to do it, why would you go any place else? I've been doing this a very long time and it's just something I really like. We've been able to make tremendous progress in this district in facilities, technology, student achievement and staffing, and it's a wonderful experience. We have a very collaborative, collegial community here. We work together and resolve problems and move forward. That's why I'm here; it's very enjoyable.

I am certified in Pennsylvania and I've been invited to apply for a couple of superintendent jobs there. It's just not of interest to me. I really like it here. First of all, I like New Jersey, I like Parsippany. And I like working with the people in this town—not just the district, but the town. I have access to the mayor and the council members whenever I need it. They feel free to give me a call when they have a question. The parents and the Par-Troy Council, who I meet with once a month, are great. Like the board, we don't always have the same opinions, and we have maybe 16 people in the room, not everyone agrees with everything we do, but that's what makes the district work effectively. People voice their opinions, we listen, we weigh everything and make a decision. Generally, we make it with full consensus.

I just like what I'm doing. In most of your career, especially as an administrator, you're training for the next job. When you're a teacher, you're training to become a vice principal. A vice principal is trying to become a principal. And it goes on and on. When you become a superintendent, at first it's a lot of work. But once you go through it a couple of years, you get a sense of how the job works. Then it becomes really fun! Now you're doing the same thing over and over, but dealing with different problems, different initiatives and different school districts. So it's really a lot of fun. And there are great people here. We may have disagreements, but it's rare that we don't reach an understanding on the challenges we have. 

And there's nothing wrong with people questioning what we do. That's really important. Certainly you want it done with a certain degree of respect, but if someone says, "Why is your referendum $11 million?," that's a fair question. Now, if you ask it as a federal prosecutor, that's one thing. But if you ask: "The mayor's plan is $5 million; yours is $11 million, what's the deal?," that's fair. It's their money and they need to feel confident that we've done our due diligence and that the product they're going to get is a good one.

If you look at where we were in 2006 and where we are today, the accomplishments of this district are fantastic, and as you pointed out, there are specific things you can point to that show how we have excelled: The ; the ; the and the , which is based in part on the quality of the school district, clearly this district is doing very well. That's really what this is all about: You keep looking at the district, you develop a vision, you know what your goals are and then you begin to see where the gaps—opportunities—are. My job is to identify that gap, recognize that opportunity and then make it happen.

Clearly, we're making it happen in Parsippany, and that excites me every day.

VietNam Vet September 04, 2012 at 02:37 AM
When does this idiot stop the Harassment and the intimidation of Mr.Strumolo, and let him do his job? He doesn't like it when someone questions the legality of his stupid illegal so called contract, that no body believes is legal. The only reason this idiot stays in town here is because he has a few other members on the board in his pocket and can get them to do anything he wants, but this guy is still a greedy pig and the only thing he can teach the kids here is how to be a greedy pig and rip off all the taxpayers because he can't get his own way. I still want to know if his contract was ever signed by the county supt.?
steve revette September 04, 2012 at 03:45 AM
No It hasn't been signed. Our board of education said they got approval through am email. I mean to be honest the Distirct doesn't have a good case because people change their minds all the time. Our board of education said a letter approval was going to come. I mean honestly the contract was illegall when they voted on it because even if it had come they still didn't have the permission at that time. Why couldn't they wait for a letter approval is beyond me. This whole board of education thing is turning into a joke. Why is everything unethical that Mr. Strumolo does but when there are QUESTONS regarding the behavior of board members who don't agree with him. To this day has the board investigated where Choffo's accusations against Crawford came from?
Monica Sclafani September 04, 2012 at 04:47 AM
"... if someone has a legitimate concern or grievance, they have three options: take it (to) the board, take it to the state ethics commission or take it to the county prosecutor's office. If you're not doing that, then in my opinion you're just playing with public opinion". "Mr. Strumolo chose to go a different route, and I think that speaks volumes". Enough said.
steve revette September 04, 2012 at 06:06 AM
That's exactly that it's his opinion. If my opinion I would do completely the opposite of what Dr. Seitz says because of everything he's caused this school district.No wonder why Mr. Strumolo didn't want to go to any of those people. This while superintendent thing turned us into the laughing stock of the state. The fact that he sat there and let the board Vote on a CONTRACT That to this day doesn't have written consent is ridiculous. Also who is he to tell someone who they should and shouldn't take an issue to? He should spend more time making sure his underlings are doing their jobs instead of telling people who they should and shouldn't bring their issues to.
Monica Sclafani September 04, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Steve - you missed the point entirely! It's not Dr. Seitz's OPINION; it's the LEGAL CHANNELS that ANY Board of Ed member should be following if they have a grievance. If Mr. Strumolo has been intimidated or kept from doing his job as he claims, he should present his case, including proof, to the entities that can look at the evidence and bring judgement. I would think Mr. Strumolo would want a resolution to this matter. Does he get that from the press? No. These matters should be taken up through the proper channels so they can be resolved and we can move on with the business of the school district.
Hank Heller September 05, 2012 at 01:14 AM
#1 Monica, I cannot understand your comments above. You have been attending BOE meetings for many years. You have seen efforts to get fair resolution from this BOE's majority always go for naught. If one does not go along with Seitz and his majority, it is impossible to be treated respectfully nor fairly by this BOE. You have seen the Seitz/Mancuso contract debacle from the beginning. When Crawford and Strumolo honorably asked questions of the leadership they were castigated and set upon by the gang of Seitz, Mancuso, Calabria, Neglia, Orme and until very late in the game, Orthwein and Valori. There was no fairness to be had here. I was at many of the same meetings that you were at. What I saw were clear situations of those who did not vote with the majority or protect the wishes of the Supt and President, those people were unfairly and inappropriately harrassed week after week. As the public was lied to constantly, the dissenters like Crawford and Strumolo were attacked for doing the jobs they were elected to perform.
VietNam Vet September 05, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Yes Monica, Mr. Strumolo is going a different way, and I agree with him if you can't get results at one level then you go to another. I always try to do things one way and if I don't get anywhere then forget it I go right to the top and forget the middle man anymore. It just shows that Mr.Strumolo is trying to do the best he can for the residents of this town, to protect the people of Parsippany, although I don't know why because many of you don't appreciate all the trouble he is going through, and then to have an idiot like Mr Speitz trying to cut his legs off every step of the way.
Hank Heller September 05, 2012 at 01:59 AM
#2 Regarding Dr. Seitz comments about Mr. Strumolo and the hiring of Justice Stein (noted above), this is more of this BOE's outrageous behavior. It was pointed out at several BOE meetings that Justice Stein's son was the Board Attorney for Elizabeth. In order to prove to the voters of Elizabeth that that BOE's members were beyond reproach, Justice Stein was hired to study the BOE's behavior and issue a report on his findings. Justice Stein issued his report clearing the BOE members of any bad behavior. In fact, Justice Stein complimented several members character, I believe. Justice Stein was paid, I have read, $500,000 by the Elizabeth BOE for his findings. I have read that only a few weeks later, several members of the Elizabeth BOE were arrested for the very issues that Justice Stein was paid to investigate. a) I hope that Justice Stein is not a person who writes his opinions based upon who pays him, but if we read the voluminous documents available on the Internet (Wikipedia, Star-Ledger,www.educationwatchdogs.com), we might come to that conclusion. b) Even though Dr. Calabria has hired Justice Stein for $5,000, it seems clear that the final legal bill for Justice Stein's work will be many times greater than $5,000, based upon what we have read the Elizabeth School District paid him or his firm. This seems to be another example of this BOE's majority likely taking the citizens to "the cleaners" as they did with the Seitz/Mancuso contract.
Hank Heller September 05, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Hank Heller 9:53 pm on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 #3 Mike Strumolo, and Bob Crawford before him, might have been a "pain" to the majority of the Parsippany BOE entrenched buddies. The fact is that Strumolo and Crawford asked questions that need to be asked. This Board does not appreciate an independent mind and they are likely to show it by hiring someone who they think will do their bidding to do his/her best to push Mike Strumolo out. If that is allowed to happen, the citizens and the students of Parsippany will be the poorer for it. We should not stand idly by as a fine man and fine public servant is unfairly attacked. Strumolo is guilty of looking out for us and not bowing to a very bullying (in my personal opinion) BOE majority!
Monica Sclafani September 05, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Look, Hank, all I'm saying is that IF Mr. Strumolo feels he is being intimidated... IF he is being kept from doing his job as he claims, then take it through the proper LEGAL channels and get the matter resolved - guilty/not guilty! These issues will not be resolved through the press or the court of public opinion. I can't understand why you wouldn't want to see an end to this! Yes, Hank, we did attend many of the same meetings and you know I will always agree to disagree with you!
Victor33 September 08, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Poster boy needs to go. He has lost all credibility and we residents are sick and tired to see his face and his unintelligent comments.
Victor33 September 08, 2012 at 04:04 AM
the greedy poster boy....by the way anyone knows what happened to the 5 million that were "set aside" by Seitz??????
VietNam Vet September 08, 2012 at 06:47 AM
Unfortunately Victor they don't want you to remember that $ 5 miilion dollars or the 1 million of this years budget and the Mayor doesn't want you to think about the $ 7.2 miilion dollars in the sewer and water account either. You aren't supposed to be that good that you remember these things in this town, and you aren't supposed to ask questions that they don't have scripted answers for.
Bill Ludwig September 09, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Ms. Davis, I gather you don't have children in the school system. If you did you would see Dr. Seitz in a completely different context. He may have credentials but his leadership is less than brilliant. I would like him to present to the public his version of his accomplishments since he was hired. I believe it would be a very short list. The children (and people) of parsippany deserve better.
VietNam Vet September 10, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Bill, I so agree with you, this jerk needs to go and fast.
VietNam Vet September 14, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Monica, you seem to be stuck on this dispute going through as you call it "The Proper Channels", how can you go through " Proper Channels when it those in the proper channels that are doing everything they can to throw you under the bus. You don't go to your boss and complain when it that very boss who is trying throw you out, you aren't going to get anywhere, your complaints will be falling on deaf ears. I should think you would be smarter than that.
Selene September 14, 2012 at 04:25 AM
You are all pathetic and stupid in your interpretation of Dr. Seitz's track record. My youngest child is now a senior and I have seen dramatic improvements to this school system since Seitz's tenure. Knollwood was a haven for incompetance and neglect, he hired Ms. Raymond and she turned the school around 180 degrees. Central was a pit of neglect and abuse and now it shines. You people need to stop hopping on the band wagon of political BS and take a REAL look at the success of Dr. Seitz's tenure. Or maybe you were the a-holes who voted for Christie as governor......
Monica Sclafani September 14, 2012 at 04:39 AM
So, Mr. Brown, I suppose the State Ethics Commission and the County Prosecutor's office are on the take as well! Mr. Strumolo doesn't want to take it to the Board, fine. Here are two other legal avenues where he can file his complaints. He's claimed members of this board and the Superintendent have committed ethics violations for a year (at least) now, yet HE HAS NEVER FILED ANY CHARGES. Did you ever wonder why? You claim to be a smart man, you figure it out or are you "sitting on your brains" as well!!
steve revette September 14, 2012 at 05:11 AM
All due respect to btoh Monica and Selene. Any person with half a brain would know there were ethics violations the day they decided to ban Pat from a public meeting. For that alone Ethis charges could be brought against the superintendent and the board. The board of education is to follow roberts rules of order. It doesn't say anything abot banning people from meetings ahead of time.The Police themselves said the board didn't have the authority. I mean This board voted on a Contract that To this day has never been approved. Also to Selene I still don't get what Dr. Seitz has done for so good. If he did something for you I'm glad I really am. However when you try and talk to him about problems and he keeps putting it off and putting it off over and over again I think I have every right to hate him. As far as I'm concerned him and his buddy assistant Principal Nathan can both go. Everything that's happened these last two plus years have proved my point regarding Dr. Lee Seitz. I'm finally glad that the residents of the town are starting to see How this guy really is.
Monica Sclafani September 14, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Yes, Steve, we were reminded of those "ethics violations" again last night, but we failed to hear WHY the board president acted so strongly. Pat spoke past the three minute allotted time and the microphone had to be taken away from her. Most importantly, she charged the board table and threatened board members. This took place two weeks after the shooting at a Florida board of ed meeting. Now some would say that would never happen here; I'm sure that the Florida board members felt the same way. While I did not agree at the time with the letter that was sent to Pat, I can certainly understand the board's reaction. I was not on the receiving end of any threats. As for your relationship with Dr. Seitz and the teachers in the district; consider it a life lesson, Steve. We've had this conversation before. You will not always get along with or have the ear of those in charge. It's frustrating to have that experience; but that does not make everything they say or do wrong.
steve revette September 14, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Well you think it'd be a life lesson for them too. Also all due the reason why Pat kept going was because The other Lady Mrs. Giercyk(Sorry if I spelled the name wrong) went WAY past the 3 minutes and That is exactly why Pat reacted the way she did. Also them accusing Pat of being something more then a concerned citizen is ridiculous.The board did something illegal because you think somebody else is doing something illegal? Any Ethics commission would laugh at that. Also as far as the whole Dr. Seitz issue. Yes Dr. Seitz and his buddy Nathan did make my life crappy in my years at Parsippany Hills on MANY different occasions. See Monica Dr. Seitz didn't want to hear me out he wanted nothing to do with me when I apporached him or anybody for that matter with my problems. The Dr. Seitz way of solving problems is keep putting them aside and keep putting them aside hoping they go away. So the SOONER BOTH OF THIS morons go I'll be happier. Seitz should go and bring his little PUPPY DOG WITH HIM and never come back to our town again.
VietNam Vet September 15, 2012 at 05:32 AM
YES,YES,YES I am one of those a-holes as you put it lady and I would do it again, because he has stop this state from bleeding money like it was under your democrap so called leadership. Corzine ran this stat into a hole in less than four years so he could give his union girlfriend more money. I used to travel on 287 early in the morning going to work and every day in the winter that highway was spotless of any snow. When your buddy took over, the fiirst snowy day, I didn't see one plow or salt truck on that highway throughout his term. Yes I did vote for Christie and I can say that very proudly and I'll do it again, and if he runs for the Presidency in the future, yes he has my support for what he has done for this state and cleaning up some of the corruption going on at the school board and school teachers levels. Your darn right many of us seniors voted for him, did you think we were going to vote for that loser again?
VietNam Vet September 15, 2012 at 05:48 AM
No Monica, I am not sitting on my brains here. Have you ever thought to yourself why either? If you are in charge of things and I want to file charges against you, and I come to you and tell you that, what are you going to do about that... your going to tell me to shut up and sit down and cover that up as well as everything else going on in that BoE. The cover ups go much further than you think lady. Why don't you stop trying to protect that Money grubbing Boss of yours.. Speitz the crook. You could care less how many of the seniors in this town have to struggle just to come up with the next tax checks because of the runaway corruption on that board, starting with you who is only looking out for number one. There are so many people struggling here since that hurricane last year, but does anyone give a damn about them or what they are going through as you sit in your nice plush home and sleep in your nice bed each night, while other have to sleep in hotels and motels yet because they still don't know what their fate is going to be, after losing their homes. Have you ever lost your home because of something like this or struggled to find where your next paycheck was coming from to pay the higher and higher taxes in your town? I don't think so lady. Get off your high horse and stop worrying about one person that is picking on your greedy crooked boss.
VietNam Vet September 15, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Steve, you are my hero. I have to agree with you, Speitz is as crooked as they come, and anyone that could even think that Pat could be dangerous to anyone on that crooked board has got to have a screw loose somewhere. What can you say in 3 lousey minutes, whoever came up with that rule has got to be nuts.

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