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BOE Will Choose from Eight Attorneys at Special Tuesday Meeting

Executive session begins at 5:30 p.m.; public session expected to begin at 8 p.m.

Toms River's Board of Education is expected to conduct interviews and discuss which one of eight law firms will represent the board in 2013 during a special meeting Tuesday.

After some controversy, members did not appoint a board attorney or labor attorney at their Jan. 3 reorganization meeting. Members agreed to hold interviews with those in consideration for the positions, which will take place beginning in a 5:30 p.m. executive session at High School North.

According to the district, the eight firms that submitted to be considered for the board attorney position are:

  • Campbell and Pruchnik
  • Carlucio, Leone, Dimon, Doyle and Sacks
  • Corrigan Law Firm
  • Gilmore and Monahan
  • Kenney, Gross, Kovats and Parton
  • Montenegro, Thompson, Montenegro and Genz
  • Schenck, Price, Smith and King
  • Schwartz, Simon, Edelstein and Celso.

The board also will consider seven firms for its labor and employment attorney:

  • Cleary, Giacobbe, Alfieri and Jacobs
  • Corrigan Law Firm
  • Kenney, Gross, Kovats and Parton
  • Leitner, Tort, DeFazio, Leitner and Brause
  • Montenegro, Thompson, Montenegro and Genz
  • Schenck, Price, Smith and King
  • Schwartz, Simon, Edelstein and Celso.

The executive session is expected to continue until about 8 p.m. as the board conducts "interviews and deliberations regarding professional contracts and other business," the meeting announcement states.

Formal action, including the appointments, would take place in the public session after the executive session has concluded. Members are also expected to decide whether the district should use a pool of engineers or one firm exclusively. 

Buffoon wrangler January 08, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Oh no...I hope none of these firms are located in, or have employees who reside in Toms River! Wouldn't that present conflicts? We wouldn't want to be represented by a parent, or spouse of a child or adult in the TRRS system! Right JD?
JD January 08, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Actually, if any of these law firms represented any of the board members individually, they can't vote on the matter nor can they interview. There is an School Ethics Advisory discussing that... or it comes under Attorney Ethics or both. Also, Gearity nor Baxter can participate in interviews or vote on the matter due to conflict since they have family members employeed by TRRS.
JD January 08, 2013 at 06:56 PM
My question... why weren't the law firms listed on the attachments? All the other professionals were listed.
JD January 08, 2013 at 07:02 PM
btw Buffoon... That is a question you can ask before the vote.... if any of these law firms represented any board member in any matter. It could even be a land transaction, etc... if so, who and what firm. Also, do any of these firms have a relationship, etc with Giovine's dad... he is a retired Judge I believe.
sickofcrooks January 08, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Surprised the firm of Dewey, Cheatem, & Howe isn't being considered.
Nelson T January 08, 2013 at 10:36 PM
Look behind door number three is the new board attorney! Mr Leone, oh what a suprise.
Walk this way January 08, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Montenagro is a big local Dem law firm as is Leones firm.
JD January 08, 2013 at 11:09 PM
They didn't submit a bid.
Cosma January 09, 2013 at 01:09 AM
Gilmore and Monahan were definetly in the know about Rat Taco and his crew of no goods. If this is not enough to NOT elect them I don't know what is !!!!! There should be a law enforced that none of these law firms have any relatives in the TR Board of Education or Town Council. Toms River is full of NEPOTISM and it needs to end now.
J.D.J.R. January 09, 2013 at 02:18 AM
3 hrs of "interviews" later and Leone gets the job! What a shock!
Chasing your tail January 09, 2013 at 02:26 AM
JD how do you feel about Jacobs & o'Leary, and Majors? I'm waiting to see you up at the microphone...thought you had questions to ask tonight?
JD January 09, 2013 at 02:49 AM
I didn't have questions... I think the Labor attorney appointment is more important. Especially with all the contracts coming up and all the grievances that will soon be filed for all the teachers that will get fired and/or denied tenure... not to mention administrators.
JD January 09, 2013 at 02:58 AM
I hope Gearity, Baxter and Jedziniak now feel warm and cozy that they got to interview the candidates. Something the Ritacco crew never did nor would allow to be done. Gilmore was always appointed... what a surprise.
Chasing your tail January 09, 2013 at 03:21 AM
JD I went to the mtg and was looking for you!
Claus January 09, 2013 at 03:24 AM
They ran around town for months letting everyone know Leone was getting the job. What a suprise, NOT

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