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School Board Sets Special Meeting To Discuss Privatization, Interim Super Search

Privatization of some positions and the search process for an interim schools Superintendent are among the topics to be discussed at a special meeting of the Board of Education set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 at Franklin Middle School.

The school board will discuss privatization of the district’s paraprofessionals and substitute teachers, and the interim superintendent’s search process, according to the meeting’s notice.

The board will also hold a public hearing on and vote to approve the terms of the interim Superintendent’s contract, according to the notice.

Also, in response to a letter from a township resident, the board will vote to ratify actions taken at the Jan. 31 special meeting, at which it approved a separation agreement with former schools Superintendent Edward Seto and named Eveny Pagan as interim Superintendent.

The letter, from John Paff, chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party’s Open Government Advocacy Project, questioned whether the notice announcing the Jan. 31 meeting was delivered to local newspapers in enough time to comply with the state’s Open Public Meetings Act. The act states that special meeting notices must be delivered at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

In his response to Paff, district business administrator John Calavano wrote, “Our counsel has reviewed your legal position and has advised that while not agreeing that the cases you cite are binding authority, the wiser course is to ratify the actions taken on January 31, 2014.  It will not be necessary to engage in any litigation in this matter.”

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