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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.

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
Cranston
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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