Monroe Residents Petition to Remove Board of Education President
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We, the residents of Monroe Township, are asking that the Board of Education President, Kathy Kolupanowich, step down as President of the Board, effective immediately. We are also asking that the Board of Education take proper measures to file for removal of the Board of Education President from the Board as a result of several actions over the last several months.
On March 27, 2018, numerous Board of Education members walked out of the meeting, resulting in a lack of a quorum. The requirement of N.J.S.A. 18A:17-20.1, provides that the Superintendent is deemed reappointed for another term unless the Board of Education provides him with timely written notice that he will not be renewed. Based on the aforementioned NJ State regulation, we as a public, were under the belief that failure to notify Dr. Kozak by 90 days prior to June 30, 2018 of an intention to not renew means that an offer of renewal was being made.
We, the residents of Monroe, were shocked and surprised when Board of Education President, Kathy Kolupanowich stated at the May 9, 2018 Board of Education meeting that she had given Dr. Kozak a notice of non renewal. A member of the public asked the exact date. Mrs. Kolupanowich could not provide one.
Members of the public have verified with Dr. Kozak that he had indeed received a letter from Kathy Kolupanowich on March 27, 2018 the night of the board meeting walk out. This notice was received between the end of the Board meeting and midnight. It is our belief that Dr Kozak was not legally notified pursuit to N.J.S.A. 18A:17-20.1, therefore he is entitled to a renewed contract. By not doing so, this action can result in legal proceedings that will be a high cost burden the taxpayers of Monroe.
Furthermore, the Board of Education President is in violation of the NJ Ethics Act NJSA 18A:12-22(a) that states school officials hold the respect and confidence of the people. School officials must avoid conduct that violates the public trust.
Residents of Monroe Township, NJ
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