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Ethics Complaint Filed Against Two School Board Members

The complaint was filed in February.

An ethics complaint was filed against Laura Lab, president of the West Orange Board of Education, and Megan Brill, another member of the board, according to documents obtained by West Orange Patch.

Nicholas Galante, a current school district employee and president of the local teacher's union, filed the complaint in February with the state School Ethics Commission, confirmed Galante's attorney Gail Oxfeld Kanef in Newark.

The document charges that Lab allegedly demanded Galante be transferred from his current work assignment and asked for Galante's work email to be monitored - among other complaints.

The document also charged that Brill wanted a "supporter" to fill a teacher position that had been left vacant due to a maternity leave, as well as other alleged ethic lapses.

On Monday, school board members declined to comment.

Galante did not return a phonecall Tuesday.

Oxfeld Kanef said they have not heard from the commission except questions to clarify on which sections of law were violated.

"We take it seriously," she said about the complaint. "We believe we have a meritorous claim."

Adam Kraemer April 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM
@ Cynthia - My issue with teacher salaries is not the amount is that the relationship to performance is limited or non existent. Why should an extremely hard working well performing teacher with five years in the teaching profession get significantly less pay than the twenty-five year veteran teacher down the hall who is burned out and under performing? A well performing hard working teacher earns good compensation and as taxpayer I certainly have no issue with that in fact that is the way it should be. I have an issue when a given teacher has basically given up or is ineffectual and gets significant compensation. Yes this does occur some times even in West Orange. Though most teacher in West Orange a good and work hard. As for benefits for public employee they have to be controlled. Retirement ages have to go up and limits on pension need to be in place or we will go bankrupt. It is not that I dislike our public employees it is that we have to make our government solvent for the long run or we will all be in trouble.
Cynthia Cumming April 23, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I was asking Mr. Prignano, and his response is well, "Prignanoesque" to coin a new term. That being said, I have no issue with what you're saying, but it wasn't what I was asking.
john anthony prignano April 23, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll ; 'Twas brillig and the slithey toves / Did gyre and gimble in the wabe / All mimsy were the borogoves / And the mome raths outgrabe / Beware the jabberwock my son / The jaws that bite, the claws that catch / Beware the Jubjub bird and shun the frumious bandersnatch / He took the vorpal sword in hand / Long time the manxome foe he sought / Then rested he by a Tumtum tree and stood a while in thought / And as he stood in uffish thought / The Jabberwock with eyes of flame / Came whiffling through the tulgey wood, and burbled as it came /One two one two and through and through / The vorpal blade went snickersnack /He left it dead and with it's head ,he went galumphing back / And hast thou slain the Jabberwock ? / Come to my arms my beamish boy / Oh frabjous day ! caloo calay ! he chortled in his joy / 'twas brillig and the slithey toves / Did gyre and gimble in the wabe / All mimsy were the borogroves / An the mome raths outgrabe Cynthia Thank you for coining the term " Prignanoesque " My response to your questions is , those things are for me to know and you to find out . Cynthia , have a great day .
john anthony prignano April 23, 2012 at 08:38 PM
At the end , it should be 'Twas brillig ,and And the mome raths
Brett Kaiser July 24, 2012 at 02:29 AM
So...what happened to the investigation?

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