Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Middletown Board Of Education Meeting Tonight - What You will Hear and Not Hear

Tonight's Middletown Board of Education meeting that will take place at High School North @ 7pm will be interesting for a few of reasons that you will and won't hear about.

To open up the meeting there will be a presentation by Birdsall Engineering to the Board by Birdsall on a proposed district solar project that will involve several school site. It should be interesting but don't expect too much information if this presentation by Birdsall turns out to be anything like the one presented at Town Hall a few months a go. That presentation left a lot to be desired.

Attendees to the meeting will also hear that the resignation of BoE member John Macrae has also been accepted which should lead to in the not to distant future, an announcement on a new search (or appointment) for someone to fill his position on the board that he vacated.

What you won't hear tonight are many details about the appointment of a new Superintendent to take over from interim superintendent Pat Houston, who resigned last month and will be allowed to leave as of September 26th, unless of course something is dropped into the agenda at the last minute.

Word out of Hazlet though is that Middletown offered the School Superintendent's job to Hazlet's Superintendent of Schools Bill George but he turned it down, possible due to the salary being offered, possible due to other reasons.

Seeing how the Middletown school district is nearly 3 times larger than Hazlet's and Bill George is currently earning $192K salary (according to Data Universe) from Hazlet, a move to Middletown seems unlikely at this time but not out of the question totally.

Hazlet sources stated that Middletown BoE has applied to the State for some kind of waiver that would enable George to come to Middletown and take over the school system.
To sweeten the pot a little for Bill George did the Middletown BoE seek a waiver from the State that would have allowed the BoE to exceed the mandated cap on school superintendents salaries that Governor Christie put in place this year, in order to lure George away from Hazlet? Or was the waiver requested of the State something less extraordinary like asking for a waiver of rules that would enable the board to appoint a new superintendent without the usual guideline procedures?

Regardless, I was told by my Hazlet connections that the request for a waiver was turned down by the State and that Bill George will be staying put, where he is, in Hazlet for the time being.

Of course though anything can happen and the Hazlet people could be wrong, in the mean time, the search a for new Middletown School Superintendent go on.


Anonymous said...

Mc Rae

MiddletownMike said...

Wrong genius, it's Macrea

0d1e said...

Hey Mike, scroll down to #8 and #10:

and read this article:

You should stop being so stubborn. It causes wrinkles.

MiddletownMike said...


Who is being stubborn and what is the point of your comment?

Anonymous said...

That his name is in fact spelled "Macrae" not "Macrea"

MiddletownMike said...

Thank you, my bad
I apologize for the misspelling.

Anonymous said...

What difference does it make how his name is spelled anyway,anony 2:39 ?....he's leaving numb skull!! We all know he's leaving no matter the spelling of his name!

This town is filled with nit picking nut jobs who spew a lot of unimportant nonsense to try and make themselves feel important.

One in particular lives in Lincroft and makes a habit of correcting others....... that is the cheerleader who used to be a regular at BOE meetings.

Mike just keep letting us know what's going is appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Seriously Mike, you need new informants.

What is your motto here?

"Frequently wrong, but never in doubt"?

Anonymous said...

Today's public notices advise of a meeting (closed to the public) on 9/26/11 of the BOE and also a regular 9/27/11 meeting (open to the public). The agendas are printed in the public notices in the "Press".