Seitz Resignation May Be Postponed to June 1

The superintendent requested that his last day be changed due to changes in state law.

Earlier this month, Parsippany Superintendent of Schools LeRoy Seitz announced his intention to resign his post as of May 15. At Tuesday's Board of Education meeting at Parsippany Hills High School, the agenda contained an item seeking to change that date until June 1.

Seitz said the reason for the request was to comply with state regulations that mandate that he must leave the position on the first day of a month and that he must use, rather than be paid in cash for, unused vacation time.

He said this means that his technical last day would be in mid-May, after which he would use up his vacation days, but that his official employment would not end until the first day of June.

Member Michael Strumolo sought to postpone the vote.

"I'd like to ask what the purpose of tabling is," Seitz said. 

Board President Susy Golderer said the time was needed to assess the situation, and indicated displeasure in the manner in which Seitz tendered his resignation. (The announcement was added to the Superintendent's Report during the closed session following the board's Feb. 12 meeting and was voted on immediately afterward, surprising the few residents who were still in attendance. Golderer was not present for that session.)

After some discussion, board attorney Mark Tabakin advised the board that it was "most prudent" to discuss the matter during its next meeting.

Seitz noted that the next meeting, slated for March 5, is designated for discussing the 2013-14 preliminary schools budget; the next regular meeting is March 14.

Member Frank Calabria wondered whether it was necessary to table the matter at all.

"Can't we just remove it and have Madame President, if she chooses, put it on the next agenda?" he asked. "This is much ado about nothing here."

In the end, the board took its lawyer's advice and voted to move the discussion of Seitz's resignation date to March 14. 

openmouthinsert February 27, 2013 at 11:42 AM
A bunch of crying sissys. Shut up and do the the job you think you are qualified to to to.
friend of parsppany February 27, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Seitz is all about the money.
Patrick H. February 27, 2013 at 12:32 PM
Perhaps he can leave on May 1st instead, and give back the vacation days as a kind gesture. The money could then go to the school fields which were ignored during his tenure.
Sick of the Bull February 27, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Maybe he can leave tomorrow. I really don't think anyone would care or miss the selfish poor excuse for an educator.
Alan C February 27, 2013 at 06:52 PM
I am with you Patrick H. and Sick of the Bull, the earlier this Poster Boy of Greed goes the better. This township has paid too much money for this ineffective Poster Boy for too long. And this township has NOTHING show for it.
Beth Grosh February 27, 2013 at 07:23 PM
When renewing Seitz's contract in 2010, then-board chairman Mr. Anthony Mancuso may have thought that "the majority of the board is very pleased that it is able to secure a proven leader like Dr. Seitz to continue the wonderful work he has done in the district" (source: nj.com 11/11/10) Well, Mancuso was and is dead wrong as the other board members who voted to extend Seitz’s contract with pay raises. Mancuso and all other Seitz supporters who currently sit on this board need to be ousted for their incompetency and disservice to students. While past BOE's were lining Dr. Greed's pockets for YEARS with an over-bloated salary-- above the state salary cap -- the following is what our township got in return for residents' hard-earned tax dollar: 1. ELEVEN of Par-Troy schools FAIL to meet federal No Child Left Behind proficiency standards for 2011. Dr. Greed basically advises the district to dismiss the findings. Majority on the board say NOTHING. 2. The disparity of student educational performance scores between the two high schools become more apparent with the east side markedly lower than the west as highlighted by NJ Monthly's biannual ranking of Top 100 High Schools: 2012 - Par-High 86 Par-Troy Hills 23 2010 - Par-High 84 Par-Troy Hills 50 2008 - Par-High 104(not the top 100 anymore) Par-Troy Hills 87 2006 - Par-High 84 Par-Troy Hills 87
Beth Grosh February 27, 2013 at 07:26 PM
(Part Two) 3. Instead of spending his energy carrying out the district’s legally mandated responsibility of providing quality education for all students on all sides of town, Seitz instead focuses on a “legally mandated ban” on selling PTA ice cream in schools. A measure that gains national headlines and not in a good way. 4. Two years without a teachers’ contract. Really?? Is this what our money paid for? Much like our departing Police Chief and hopefully soon our Mayor, good riddance Dr. Greed. THESE are the children that need to be left behind for Parsippany to move forward in the right direction.
Stephen Gallagher February 27, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Parsippany has to stop the inertia and start holding school and town officials immediately accountable the minute they step into office or start a job. Governor Christie has done more to warn township residents, taxpayers and students about the ills of this superintendent than our own school board, our own township council and our own mayor. Residents have got to stop waiting for the inflicted damage to surface at the hands of unaccountable school and town officials before realizing something is amiss. Our township’s future well being relies on it.
Tom Kenol February 27, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Agreed. Lou Valori was one of the BOE members who voted for Seitz contract renewal and increase in salary! Now he's running for Council - I don't want this guy anywhere near my tax dollars!
Conservative 7 February 27, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Hi Tom Kenol!! You still sound like a winning little boy that is doing everything possible to help your pal Mayor Barberio cling on to his job. But I'm sorry you need to have a reality check! Your good friend Barberio has failed the taxpayers of Parsippany and your facts are so clueless. However, the following information is factual about you pal Barberio and his crew: The past 3 yrs of failures of Mayor Barberio Over $3,000,000 in attorney fees Empty commercial buildings and increasing tax rates Chief of police payout of over $500,000,which the Mayor negotiated A pay out of a $250,000 lawsuit for bulling a clerk Appointed of Indian liason 3 months prior to his election. The same Jigger Shah investigated for absentee ballot scandal. Only to manipulate the Indian vote! Running mate Vinnie Ferrera who likes bullying little girls and making racial comments about Indian girls on his soccer team. Milin Shah who is the reborn again Democrat. Who campaigned for the elcetion of Barrack Obama with his uncle Jigger Shah. Please see attached: https://my.barackobama.com/page/event/detail/gpg925 http://www.politickernj.com/tags/milin-shah
Tushar R February 27, 2013 at 11:15 PM
For the love of your respective deity, please spell "whining" correctly for once if you intend to continue demeaning others.
Webmaster February 28, 2013 at 01:16 AM
Just curious ... I see that Barberio has endorsements from: - United States Congressman Rodney P. Frelinghuysen - Sen. Joseph Pennacchio - Assemblywoman Betty Lou DeCroce. - Assemblyman Jay Webber, and a host of other politicians. Is anyone aware of any politicians behind Paul Carifi?
lenard T February 28, 2013 at 01:39 AM
He may not have any of them, but what he does have are the regular people of Parsippany and a lot of them
M Jarrett February 28, 2013 at 03:03 PM
Hey Webmaster, The list Barberio's “endorsers” you cite consists of only one township resident and I am confident not any of these endorsers have looked closely into how ineffective this mayor is as well as who actually is running this town. The endorsers likely failed to examined how the quality of life in Par Troy has precipitously declined since this ethically-challenged town hall incompetent took office. Just like Seitz, Par-Troy needs to show him the door YESTERDAY.
Beth Grosh February 28, 2013 at 03:12 PM
Webmaster, Par Troy voters will support and vote for a leader who has the people behind him/her rather than the politicians who attend the Kumbaya cocktail parties and political functions for notoriety. That is why I voted, and will vote again, for Governor Christie who makes the hard decisions. That is also why I will NOT vote for this problematic Barberio, who is the antithesis of an ethical leader practicing sound judgment for the benefit of the residents-at-large. His record proves it, but the endorsing politicians are not looking too deeply. Again, Governor Christie did more and said more to warn us of this Seitz than this mayor. Nothing short of taking a vial of the Governors's blood and injecting it in the unrproductive mayor will turn his disastrous record around.
Vic February 28, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Ha Webmaster, politician endorsements are all the empty-Barberio’s got. He can’t spotlight a great, or even a mediocre, record to date. So he props up the politicial buddies and last-minute liaisons. This mayor and his buddies is what got us in this mess in the first place: Case number one, the Police Chief that couldn’t get a police department to effectively enforce laws. But Par-Troy taxpayers are paying a huge bill for years to come as the mayor’s derelict buddy with the badge walks out the door. And the mayor penned this contract so he's got no one to blame but himself.
Kevin M February 28, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Now wait a second Tom Kenol who posted above. Aren't you the same town worker Tom Kenol who posted on the Patch reporting that 100+ workers will be moving out of town if Barberio was voted out and Carifi voted in? And then you were forced to take the post down after some level-headed friend and/or union leader said it wasn't a good idea to keep the post up. Hey Tom Kenol, who cares what the town workers will do. News flash -- there is not a huge job market for disgruntled township workers not held accountable because this distracted mayor can't stop himself from falling asleep behind the wheel. And FYI, this week the North Jersey District Water Commission laid off 27 workers with more talks of more layoffs in the near future. Further evidence that municipalities throughout the state, especially Parsippany, need to put in effective leaders who will make the unpopular decisions that do not sit well with you and your township buddies. The leaders need to be accountable to the taxpayers and voters who gave them their jobs. This leader is a flat out flop in this department. As this state moves forward, welcome in Parsippany only will be a leader who is willing to work for and display a effective record for all four years of their term. Not one that scambles to gather political friends to bail him out and cover up for four years of inaction and questionable governing practices.
W. Yang February 28, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Barberio can host as many highfalutin functions with as many political attendees as the struggling incumbent wants, it will NEVER beautify his UGLY record in office.
Peter Welsh February 28, 2013 at 05:57 PM
You people are overthinking these alleged "endorsements". They were just there for the free grub.... not the political slug trying to survive the election.
KEY February 28, 2013 at 06:04 PM
KEY Lets just ask the question that needs to be asked and answered, is Parsippany and the people who live in this town better off now than we were four years ago? Are we getting more bang for our tax dollars, is this town cleaner, better managed and are the needs and wishes of the taxpayers and VOTERS being considered for whats right for the people rather the personal agendas of politicians? If we are being honest with ourselves the answer must be NO. It is time for a change, it is time to clean house and clean up this town.
Bob Crawford February 28, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Let's ask a couple of different questions. Has Mayor Barberio's term in office been defined by a self centered politician desperate to ensure his re-election? Have many of the appointments Mayor Barberio made and the projects he supported been driven by his need to surround himself with people who will owe him something at election time rather then by what was in Parsippany's best interests? Has the recent spurt of Mayoral activity been undertaken as a result of Mr. Barberio's discovery that the Republican party support, he until recently took for granted, has all but slipped away as once loyal supporters are looking everywhere for anybody but Barberio. Perhaps these are the questions Congressman Frelinhuysen, State Senator Penacchio, Assemblywoman DeCroce and Assemblyman Webber should have asked and answered before they so quickly jumped on the Barberio bandwagen which, right now, is on the road to nowhere.
Webmaster February 28, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Bob, You state these folks "should have asked and answered before they so quickly jumped on the Barberio bandwagen"... The fact is - they know both of these candidates very well....THATS WHY THEY JUMPED SO QUICKLY !!!
Bob Crawford March 01, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Webmaster If indeed "these folks" know Mayor Barberio and Mr. Ferrara "very well" and they still believe that Mayor Barberio's and Mr. Ferrara's politics. performance and potential serve the people of Parsippany well then I would suggest that "these folks" have sacrificed common sense to circle around incumbents regardless of the future cost to Parsippany residents. Unlike Governor Christie who understands the value of supporting ideas and talent that are not defined and limited by a knee jerk commitment to outdated orthodoxy and politicians soley focused on getting re-elected "these folks" need to step back and understand that by tying themselves to Mayor Barberio and Mr. Ferrara, they tie themselves to the past. Parsippany needs to escape from the past as defined by Mayor Barberio and Mr. Ferrara and look to the future as defined by leaders like Governor Christie,
Scott Dean March 01, 2013 at 12:48 AM
I wonder if the endorsements will also be be coming via e-mail from all of the youth sports organazations to all of their registrants? I for one dont receive them but my belief is that is not something that should be done! After all Sports are "For The Kids" not the politicians.
friend of parsppany March 01, 2013 at 02:26 PM
If one was to read all the comments regarding the BOE and town hall it is fair to say that Parsippany is a mess!
Patrick H. March 01, 2013 at 02:55 PM
wow! this was about Seitz and his unused vacation ,right?
Monica Sclafani March 01, 2013 at 03:25 PM
That discussion ended somewhere around the 8th comment!
Webmaster March 01, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Monica, that's because TeamGreed (a.k.a. 'the i-team' in town) hijacks every thread in patch in order to push their agenda. They will do everything and anything to get in office... Does anyone know if this article in the Daily Record refers to the fourth i-team member?.....I hope not...Maybe Paul and James, sorry... i meant Conservative 7 could pull the full article and paste it here.... =============================================== Ex-Girlfriend Sues … Daily Record - Morristown, N.J. Date: March 14, 2005 Start Page: A.11 Text Word Count: 497 Abstract (Document Summary) Collins contended in her lawsuit that she noticed painful sores on her genitals on June 4 and sought treatment on June 11 at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Morristown, where staff members diagnosed her with herpes simplex II, or genital herpes
Scott Dean March 02, 2013 at 01:13 AM
Getting back to the regulations that I am sure everyone must abide by for a bidding process,There was a contractor working for three months hired for Sandy rebuilding in Monmouth county and low and behold the company was just fired today based on previous felony convictions from the owner.So as you pull out how strict the regulations are realize that if there is a will there is a way!
VietNam Vet March 03, 2013 at 06:38 AM
Well we all know these demoncraps will always vote for the other even if he is worthless like Odumbo the clown. I believe Milin Shah is running for council or something, that cannot be allowed either. The Mayor wants him because he will vote with him.


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