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Toms River Schools Set to Make Appointments, Approve Contracts

Nearly all the annual contracts will expire this month as Toms River Regional moves to November election schedule and January reorganization meeting

This time last year, the Toms River Regional School Board was holding its annual reorganization meeting, appointing professional contracts that expire each June and swearing in a board president after an April election day.

This month's school board meeting will have some of those annual chores, while other votes on contracts and appointments will come in January, now that school board elections were .

Professional appointments operate on an annual contract and will come to an end this month unless the school board votes to extend the contract or decide who will fill it until January's reorganization. Still other contracts will not be shifted to the January reorganization and will instead still operate under a school year calendar.

The Toms River school board will meet Tuesday, May 15, at Toms River High School North, 1245 Old Freehold Road. An executive session will begin at 6:15 p.m. dealing with personnel, litigation and other business. The regular  meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m.

A large portion of the meeting's agenda, as it is posted so far, will be the vote on appointments and annual contracts.

The professional contracts decided , that will expire at the end of June, are:

  • School board attorney — Attorneys Gilmore and Monahan at $165 per hour.
  • Labor attorneys Kenney Gross Kovats and Parton at $140 per hour.
  • Auditor Holman and Frenia at a $73,000 contract.
  • Insurance brokers Conner Strong, Bob Regulski and AJ Gallagher.
  • Workers compensation program contract including attorney R.C. Shea at $145 an hour with his annual fee to not exceed $90,000.

Among the other votes scheduled for Tuesday's meeting:

  • Reappointment of Wendy Saxon as board secretary
  • Reappointment of Bill Doering as business administrator as well as Affirmative Action compliance officer, qualifed purchasing agent and custodian of school records.
  • Keepng the schedule for the monthly school board meetings for the third Tuesday of each month.
  • Re-designating school employees as the official representative for reporting such things as Right to Know Officer and the Chemical Hygeine Officer.

Toms River was among nearly all districts in Ocean County to make the switch to a November board member election. This month, Brick's school board is also voting to extend its professional contracts as part of the transition.

November's Toms River School Board election will see the terms of South Toms River board member Jamie Ann Jubert and Toms River board members Gus Kakavas and John Reuther end. Candidates have until the deadline to submit their candidacy.

The school board terms would have at the end of April but were extended to the November election.

For the agenda to Tuesday's meeting so far, visit the Toms River Regional website, here, or see the .pdf file attached to this article.

Fedup May 15, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Gilmore, Monahan and Shea, three names synonymous with Michael J. Ritacco, three people who should never receive another penny from the Toms River Board of Education.
JD May 15, 2012 at 02:30 PM
There are many teachers and Administrators that should not be brought back for employment or granted tenure in their positions. There is a need for a personnel committee to insure the best teachers and administartors are being hired and retained. Unfortunately, we have the Ritacco 6 that will rubber stamp everything!!! That is what there was a Ritacco issue to begin with!!!
Mike L May 15, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Got a quick question......where does it say that the BOE has to vote on these Issues tonight. Since we were forced to move everything to November, why can't the contracts be extended only to November and then let US vote on them and those who are to represent us on those contracts, ie....Board attorneys, workmans compensation attorneys and anyone and anything else being voted on tonight! Didn't Gov Christies Law cover all these issues.......
Tired of the status quo May 15, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Please let us not forget that the former "Ritacco 9" voted quickly to keep Frank Roselli and give him his contract before the Gov's. law on contracts for Supers kicked in. Also, remember that three of those people chose not to run for reelection that year!
Kit May 16, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Gus Kakavas became part of the BOE after the Ritacco scandals. @smartzonemary

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