Toms River School Board's Insurance Committee to Meet, Discuss Coverage

6 p.m. meeting begins with closed session

The Toms River Regional School Board will hold a committee meeting of the whole, for its insurance committee to discuss contracts and plan providers.

The meeting will begin 6 p.m., at the district's administration headquarters, 1144 Hooper Ave., Conference Room A. There will be a closed session for insurance broker recommendations regarding insurance contracts and plan providers. After that, the meeting will open to the publich, and action may be taken.

The meeting has the distinction of being the first meeting of the school board held since the district's former superintendent pleaded guilty to two of 27 federal counts in a corruption scandal. He entered his plea last week.

The indictment of Ritacco, and co-conspirator Francis X. Gartland, accused the pair of a kickback scheme surrounding the district's insurance contracts. Gartland, the district's former insurance broker, plead guilty to four counts. The October 2010 indictment came the same day Ritacco retired from the school board.

Superintendent Frank Roselli said after last week's guilty plea that reforms to the insurance contracts came with the use of AJ Gallagher.

“Long before the resolution of this case, the district worked hard to address areas where internal controls needed to be strengthened. The Toms River Regional Board of Education solicited competitive broker proposals in awarding to AJ Gallagher for property/casualty insurance and subsequently BGIA for health insurance in 2011,” said Roselli.

“The Board added a new section to board policy that requires us to solicit proposals at least every 3 years for insurance brokers," Roselli said. "Our insurance contracts, which have all been closely reviewed by the Board attorney’s office, now clearly spell out responsibilities and fees.”

“The entire insurance program is tightly managed by the new brokers and the new district business administrator,” Roselli said. “All payments and services must conform to contract.”

According to the public agenda, the meeting will discuss insurance broker recommendations, regarding insurance contracts and plan providers.

JD April 11, 2012 at 11:51 PM
The committee meeting is not on their website!!! Surprise... not really... It was abruptly cancelled last week when bunch of people were going to show up!! Shame on them... transparency by buttocks.
teatleytea April 12, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Is Mr. Roselli trying to make us all feel warm and fuzzy? Here he goes and tells us that all of the insurance contracts are being reviewed by the board attorney. Isn't this the same attorney that reviewed the contracts under Michael J. Ritacco? Isn't the majority of the board the same people who just shook their heads to what ever Michael Ritacco put in front of them? I guess these people were like the three monkey's who saw no evil, heard no evil and spoke no evil, but unlike the monkey's they made sure that they took care of their family members and friends by getting them jobs in the district. Also, in the article Mr. Roselli states that the contracts are also overseen by the business administrator, isn't he the same business administrator that was hired by none other than you guessed it Michael J. Ritacco? Now, come to think of it weren't Mr. Roselli and Mrs. McKenna Asst. Supers while all of this was going on? With all of this knowledge how are we suppose to feel warm and fuzzy about the Ritacco 6 and the board attorney, the business administrator and Mr. Roselli overseeing this?
HR April 12, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Where was the board attorney from 2002-2010 and where was the review of the contracts during that time by the board attorney and the board?
JD April 12, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Great post... You are spot on!!! Ignorance is not a defense!!!
JD April 12, 2012 at 12:44 AM
He was also Ritacco's attorney.... for land deals, etc. Please note... conflict of interest.
Catherine Galioto (Editor) April 12, 2012 at 01:01 AM
The meeting was not on the district website this evening but they did publish a legal ad announcing it. It's at 6 p.m. April 12.
JD April 12, 2012 at 01:10 AM
It's a meeting they didn't want anyone to attend... who are they fooling.. this announcement is contrary to past practice of announcing committee meetings on their website... why... they didn't want lots of people showing up!!! who reads the legal ads!!
JD April 12, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Catherine, the district website shows a meeting for 4/12.... regular meeting to vote on 1 thing. it is not a committee meeting.
1stcav April 12, 2012 at 09:52 AM
Sounds like the same " Cover your A$$ " crew to me the MJR 6 and Republican BS.....CC for Governor and MJR is on the New Ed. Committee after a FUND rasing party at the SSP mansion . Is anyone NOW feeling warm a fuzzy with the "Status Quo" at this NEW BOE and same OLD Administration and Lawyers..I think NOT !!!! Time for a new broom and to sweep the house clean, once and for ALL >>>
Chief Wahoo April 12, 2012 at 01:00 PM
By association, Roselli is as guilty as Ritacco.....Dont believe a word this guy is spinning
Marynary April 12, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Michael Ritacco built a machine that goverened the school system according to Ritacco's direction and standards. He appointed deputies that would both follow his wishes and remain loyal to him. Not one, to my knowledge, has ever condemned Ritacco's admitted criminal behavior. The machine is still in power.
Joseph E. Haelig April 12, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Does anyone else find it strange Ritacco's empire started crumbling after Solomon Dwek met George Gilmore in the offices of Gilmore & Monahan? Who other than Ritacco would have inside knowledge on inflated insurance contracts involving the Toms River Schools?
piney 53 April 12, 2012 at 05:35 PM
That is not fair. Did Mr Roselli get accused of doing anything wrong? NO. Mr Ritacco did his deeds behind a locked door to his office. No won was allowed inside it if not invited
JD April 12, 2012 at 06:18 PM
The Business Administrator that is retired.. Ritacco built his home for him.. forget his name... starts with a C I believe. Also, the BOE.. ignorance is not a defense... Ritacco had them where they wanted because he knew they vote yes to everything... rubber stampers. and the BOE 6 is still the same with Roselli!!!
teatleytea April 12, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Hey J.D. which one of the former assistant supers are you talking about? Mr. Cranston or Mr. Cardone? MJRit Construction Company built both of their houses at a substantial discount and Pravin Patel yes, the same Pravin Patel that was the schools architect did the architectural work on both of their houses and I believe that the school board attorney was the attorney of record when these two purchased their homes. Connect the dots they all connect back to Michael J. Ritacco! Put this into the mix that Mr. Roselli has some 11 family members working for the school district. Again connect the dots and whose name comes up? That's right Michael J. Ritacco!
Chief Wahoo April 12, 2012 at 11:52 PM
JD April 13, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Cranston was Bus Admin... clearly knows about the insurance... Cardone and his wife recently retired... Cardone now is the principle at St. Peters Elementary in Red Bank... something smells there. Everything else you posted is correct which is why Roselli needs to step down as well as the BOE 6.
FullDisclosure88 April 13, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Please get all of your facts straight before you post. You are making a lot of false accusations about certain people and you need to be careful about what you are saying, especially since a lot of your information is completely inaccurate. Some of the things you are saying are true, but certain people that you are discussing actually helped to bring this investigation into light. Do not be so ignorant to talk about people if you have no idea about the real truth.
Disn T. April 13, 2012 at 07:06 PM
None of this matters as the guilty pleas are in and done. You folks are spinning your own tales on other folks that nothing will happen to. They got Mike Rittacco he's a felon and soon to be a convict. I however do think the BOE members that were around during this fiasco for a short or long period should step down.


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