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Seitz Still Being Paid Under Disputed Contract

BOE rescinded the cap-busting contract to avoid punishment in June, but pact is still being honored.

Despite rescinding the , the Parsippany has continued to honor the disputed pact with .

Through an Open Public Records Act request, Patch has discovered that the and Seitz is currently earning $220,565.

Board Attorney Mark Tabakin confirmed the information at the Tuesday night Board of Education meeting at .

In June, the Board of Education voted to rescind the agreement it made with Seitz a year ago. This contract paid the superintendent far in excess of a .

When the board tried to stand by the pact—even going so far as to —it only found trouble. Christie labeled Seitz the "poster boy for greed." Kathleen Serafino, the county executive superintendent of schools, threatened a if the contract wasn't rescinded.

Tabakin admitted Tuesday night that the supposedly voided pact was in use and noted that Seitz's salary was the stated $220,565. Asked whether he thought the contract rescinded in June was legal and valid, the lawyer said, "no."

Tabakin also told the audience that Seitz filed a legal action against the board and the county executive superintendent before the commissioner of education "weeks ago." The superintendent's suit seeks to defend the rescinded contract.

This came as news to board Co-Vice President Susy Golderer.

"It comes as a complete surprise to me that we're in litigation," she said, adding that she was disappointed that board members were not informed.

Tabakin replied that he informed the board secretary and president, as is his responsibility, and that he gave board members information on the options available to them after Serafino threatened the board in June.

Additionally, Tabakin said he has sent four letters since the rescinding asking Serafino for guidance on how to proceed in the Seitz matter. All four, he said, went unanswered.

"Right now, I am preparing the board's answer to Dr. Seitz's case and we will move forward from there," Tabakin said. 

Tabakin estimated "$15,000 and change" has been spent so far on litigation for this issue.

"Going forward, I don't know," he said.

Seitz refused comment on the matter.

Board President Frank Calabria is on vacation and unavailable for comment.

County Executive Superintendent Serafino could not be reached for comment.

Ron October 19, 2011 at 11:55 AM
7:53am on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 The board of ed. has no problem spending taxpayers dollars ( and our tax's are pretty much out of control as it is ).. Dr. Leroy Seitz needs to be fired and the board needs to be replaced. It seems that we ( Parsippany residents ) are not getting the bang for our buck with our educational system that we got when I first moved here, 22 years ago.
Pete October 19, 2011 at 02:07 PM
Typical rotten small-town dealmaking.
John M October 19, 2011 at 03:04 PM
I don't understand why the BOE hasn't been following up on the Seitz contract. They voted to rescind it and then just forgot about it. We're in this mess because of some of these board members. Next year 3 of those who created this mess will be up for re-election, Neglia, Calabria, and Orme. Let us not forget and vote them out like we voted out Choffo. We have to wait until 2013 to get rid of Mancuso.
parhome October 19, 2011 at 03:12 PM
Doesn't happen too often, but I am speechless. Shame on the Bd of Ed, shame on Parsippany. Or maybe it should be SHAME ON THE TAXPAYERS?????
jokester39 October 19, 2011 at 04:43 PM
I agree with Ron. Seitz should be fired and the board needs to be replaced. The contract of shady principals -namely Betz- should be revoked. The state should start investigating this corrupted system we have allowed to be in place. We need change, now.
Sean October 19, 2011 at 06:48 PM
Sure is when education is 63% of our tax payments. 63%!!!!!!!
anna m weiss October 19, 2011 at 07:55 PM
I couldn't agree with you more, Mr. Madia.
Bob Crawford October 19, 2011 at 08:10 PM
The bottom line is that the public has been deceived, our state aid to the school district may be at risk and the Superintendent, who has decided to sue the district, continues to be paid a salary ($220,565.00) under a contract which was rescinded by the Board of Education. How and why this has happened warrants immediate and unflinching scrutiny and outside legal review. Bob Crawford
jokester39 October 19, 2011 at 11:16 PM
I dare to ask: whose fault is this? Isn't the president of the board responsible for following up in this very serious issue? Where was the shady Tabakin? Hiding his morality? It is a joke that no one is takes responsibility and accountability on behalf of the taxpayers of Parsippany. Seitz is pathetic in pursuing to sue the district while collecting over $220K illegally. Does he really think that the commission of education is going to be sympathetic to him and his cause? Unemployment is over 10%... people are starving and losing their homes..... but who cares? Seitz you are the posterboy of greed and arrogance. Christie was right about you after all. Do you yourself a favor: resign and retire. So you can continue to milk the rest of the taxpayers of NJ. Shame on you!
Ginny Mack October 20, 2011 at 03:39 AM
This is a disgrace!!!!!!
jokester39 October 20, 2011 at 12:49 PM
I personally think that someone needs to inform our governor of the present situation in Parsippany. Illegalities concerning teachers hiring, inappropriate contracts, nepotism, working under rescinded contract.....our district is a SAD JOKE! And now the report of our failing schools.... mediocracy starts at the top- greedy Setz needs to go, incompetent, politically connected Betz need to go as soon as possible. She has created enough damage already! Our students deserve MUCH BETTER!

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