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FRHSD: Simon's Statement of Evidence is an 'Inflammatory Attack'

Simon's attorney has responded saying that nothing in Simon's statement is false.

The issued a press release on Friday in reference to Manalapan High School suspended principal Jeff Simon's statement of position and evidence. Simon issued the 38-page statement in response to the and the 13 correlating affidavits.

The press release alleges that Simon has been circulating his "highly-inflammatory" statement. "Many of the comments and allegations are highly inappropriate and wrongly impugn the credibility of employees in good standing," the release said. "The allegations of misconduct contained in this inflammatory attack do not represent the factual account of events at .  Based on the facts, the Administration and the Board acted appropriately and followed all tenets of the law in allowing the Commissioner of Education to hear and evaluate the situation."

Simon's attorney, Stuart Moskovitz, immediately sent a statement to Patch in respsone to this release. Moskovitz is adamant that nothing in Simon's statement is false.

Moskovitz's full statement:

"Not one word of Mr. Simon's certification is untrue. Not a single word. Had the District truly wished to 'take the necessary steps to preserve and protect the integrity of this institution'as they claim in their press release, they would not have maliciously impugned the character and reputation of a highly respected principal with not a shred of evidence other than the bald statements of those with an improper ax to grind, they would have taken action against those who in fact have perpetrated misdeeds at taxpayers expense, they would not have insisted on voting to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on this witch hunt prior to hearing the public, knowing hundreds of people were in the auditorium waiting to be heard on the matter, they wouldn't have chosen to cavalierly jeopardize the admissions to the colleges of their choice of dozens of students who deserve better from their school district, and they wouldn't do all of this at the direction of a law firm they had removed as Board counsel due to bad advice, poor judgment and questionable billing in the past"

anonymous March 03, 2012 at 02:16 AM
this disgracefulback and forth of the "facts" via press release on the part of the frhsd is repugnant and disgraceful. To use a tax-payer funded web site is ridiculous. The law firm forging on with the charges is the law firm that gave questionable advice to this Board in the past. Their expenses to the district are the largest portion of the Bills List. This firm wanted to give Wasser a made-up position without benefitof a hearing a made up job at the same salary he was formally receiving. I believe it was Special Projects Coordinator--WTF??? This law firm even said Wasser had the right to be called Dr despite going to a phony college and receiving a phony doctorate degree. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBW5S-Kz2c8
anonymous March 03, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Take the poll, what do you think? Should the BOE, be transparent and accountable to the taxpayers regarding the Simon matter? You vote and you decide. http://nj1015.com/manalapan-hs-principal-facing-tenure-charges-board-doesnt-say-why/
milton McC March 03, 2012 at 04:56 AM
I find it quite curious that the people wanted to be heard "before action was taken" according to Moskivitz.. How did they know action was to be taken? When charges are filed they are closed personnel matters and by law have to be done behind the scenes. Could it be that the famed Stu Moskovitz leaked it? Could it be that Mr. M violated his opwn clients rights? There was nothing on the agenda to indicate that the BOE would address this issue. How did the public rise up in righteous indignation? Because Moskovitz spilled the beans knowing full well that the vote would be in private (personnel issues), and just stirring the pot.
Devil Salad March 03, 2012 at 08:38 AM
milton mcC. How come every time you post you prove you're as dumb as a doorknob. The District released the story two weeks before the meeting. It was right here on patch. Everyone read it and showed up to support the principal being tortured by the Sampson and the district's attorney Edelstein -- who sounds an AWFUL LOT like you. You're really one pathetic little guy. The public didn't know the board would be idiotic enough to actually vote on this nonsense. But the board knew the auditorium was packed when they voted. YOU know that because you were there. Stop being such a moron. You're embarrassing yourself.
Jim Sage March 03, 2012 at 02:57 PM
I really hope this is not a case of deja-vu all over again. http://www.northjersey.com/news/125546883_DiNapoli_files_whistleblower_claim_.html
Claudine Scozzari March 03, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Most legal matters when the lawyers are calling the shots are deja-vu in a different jurisdiction. Case law should be transparent and should work in any jurisdiction. Unfortunately, in Manalapan Township the legal case law may vary slightly causing the situation to appear different.
Curious George March 03, 2012 at 05:13 PM
It seems that Mr. Sampson doesn't like anyone to cross him...and he's telling everyone that things will be better after the Wasser reign. It doesn't seem that way.
Claudine Scozzari March 03, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Things still haven't been fixed from the days of the Crespi Reign!
Claudine Scozzari March 03, 2012 at 06:17 PM
And, if someone actually starts to DIG in this regional district, the problems that moved the central office to Pine Street probably still aren't fixed as of yet. I was not privy to any of the information or wasn't old enough to read the newspapers back then, but the problems at the high school district probably started before the Crespi Reign.
Dostoevsky March 03, 2012 at 06:55 PM
The problem with the Regional School District has always been the same. The Board, with one or two exceptions, is composed of weak minded people who are in it just for the "ego trip" of saying they are on the Board. They don't want to work. They don't want to do anything. They only want to walk around and tell there friends, "Look at me, I'm a school board member." They have always been controlled by the Superintendent, not the voters. The results have been in the headlines for over a decade. We need intelligent, mature, caring board members to replace the useless drones like Moses and Messinger who do great damage to their towns by failing to do anything they should be doing. Heshy has no problem insulting and hardballing the residents who pay the district's bills, but doesn't have the gonads to stand up to the Superintendent. He is a total waste and we're going to make sure that in Freehold Boro, he is replaced by someone who will stand up for us. Messinger may not be as obnoxious and neanderthal as Heshy Moses, but he is equally uselss. He will be replaced next year. In Marlboro, as you know, they don't suffer fools for board representative.
Just the facts March 03, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Uncle Milty- no one is saying they shouldn't have voted in closed session. They should have heard public comments prior to the vote, but...... Mr. Heshy and Mr. Sampson knew the board might have had some second thoughts after listening to the public comments.
anonymous March 04, 2012 at 01:42 AM
I was at the last board meeting where Mr. Simon attempted to refute the charges when he took his turn to speak. The Board president wouldn't let him finish his statement due to time constraints (so the president said). The man's job is in jeopardy, and he should have had the courtesy to speak more than the allotted 4 minutes. Some people even said they would forego there time in order to give Mr. Simon more time. Also, when Mr. Simon's attorney was about to speak, he was shut down by the lawyer persuing the tenure charges. So, there was an attempt to back up claims--only the Board and the lawyer prevented it from happening.
milton McC March 04, 2012 at 01:47 AM
And just how do you know that? The public's view on matters they have no knowledge of has little or nothing to do with the law or the precess required by law
Curious George March 04, 2012 at 03:20 AM
A major part of the problem is getting citizens to run for the board who are independent enough to think for themselves. Look at who's representing the largest town in the district, Howell..They have two men who's wives are working in the district and must recuse their votes on any salary issues. That gives the town no say on certain issues yet they get re-elected each time because no one cares. They are also both holdovers from the Wasser era. Englishtown has a person at one end of the table who has yet to say anything in all the time she's been there except to read a lengthy letter of support for Wasser two weeks after her election...Some of these reps get re-elected because they run un-opposed. Who would want this job with all the crap they have to take? A strong sup't. and a clever lawyer can get away with anything they want. This new board started out with a lot of promise which soon gave way to the same game of undeserved raises rubber stamped by the mindless reps who's actions belied those promises. As long as they still allow Evangelista to sit in charge of the curriculum, in spite of their protests that there is nothing they can do, tells us everything. If they can bring these charges against Simon, they can certainly find a way to move her out. They think that allowing her to pay back pennies on the dollar for all the money she received for her bogus degree will mollify the taxpayers tells us what they think of us.
milton McC March 04, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Did you actually think that they would let Simon read his 30 page response? It would have been totally inappropriate. At the start the BOE said they would not allow any attacks on the board or the administration. Simon's lawyer spent his time not answering anything but doing exactly what he was told he couldn't do and tooting his own horn as to what he did over a dozen years ago. He didn't say one substantive thing in his 4 min. As far as more time, have you ever been to a Township Committee meeting? No extra time is given. Rules are rules. Even Mr. Simon is supposed to follow them. I wonder if that's why he is in so much hot water now. Why prejudge this case. Let those who can LEGALLY determine the truth do their job. Or would you prefer mob rule. Simon may be a prince among men but that has no bearing on any facts or the outcome of this. I'm not making a comparison so don't all twisted in a knot but even someone like John Dillinger was, by all accounts, a nice guy. So that is no criteria on which to judge anything.
Frank McWofford March 04, 2012 at 05:34 AM
milton -- once again, you are clueless. I don't think anyone has ever said so little in so many words. Mr. Simon wasn't trying to read his 30 page response, you idiot, he was trying to explain the truth -- something you obviously are deadly afraid of. Why don't you have the courage to tell us who you really are. Are you Edelstein, Sampson, Moses or Koegler. I'd bet my life you're one of them. Simon and his attorney had the courage to speak in public, not hiding behind an anonymous moniker on a blog site. You are a spineless weasel, making it all that much clearer you are one of those four.
milton McC March 04, 2012 at 06:19 AM
You would bet your life? That just about says it all. Your blind faith is overshadowed by your blind hatred. My condolences to the family.
milton McC March 04, 2012 at 05:26 PM
BTW What makes you think my name isn't Milton? How do I know you are Frank?
Claudine Scozzari March 04, 2012 at 06:11 PM
During the hunt, someone may know and may care about the IP address. No one really cares about what you call yourself. But, an IP address should match the internet account, unless of course, you are using a public internet location.
llisa m dimino March 05, 2012 at 02:09 AM
It is unbelieveable that there are those still in jobs in ur district who deceived our district and stole monies from our district thru fake doctrines. Two of who left our district and got away with robbery and one who still has a positiion and still owes the district money. SHAME ON THEM AND ALL THE BOARD MEMEBERS WHO DIDNT CONSIDER THE TAXPAYERS
llisa m dimino March 05, 2012 at 02:32 AM
My children attended Manalapan HS before Mr. Simon became principal and when Mr. Simon started as principal at Manalapan HS. The students moral and participation definately improved after Mr. Simon became principal. The teachers attitudes changed for the better as well. A positive atmosphere was missing from Manalapan HS before Mr. Simon came to the school. I believe Mr. Simon is 100 percent for the children and always would put their needs and safetly before anything else. The Board members who decided to vote before hearing the public input need to be voted off the board. These board members forget that the taxpayers vote them in to do a job and if they don't want to do the job then leave. Sending this issue to the Commissioner of Education will cost our district money. Instead of pushing their responsibilty off on the Commissioner they should be doing the job themselves. The comments above are true that the board has some weak minded followers on it. We need smart strong minded people to be board members, to be in charge of the most important commodity we have OUR CHILDREN and THEIR FUTURE.
John Q March 05, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Ummmm...they are doing their job. They investigated, they saw enough evidence, it is being sent ot the State. That is how it is supposed to work. They can not take away his tenure themselves. It goes to the state. Whether you agree with the charges or not, that is the process. So they are doing their job.
boeisBAD March 05, 2012 at 04:20 AM
How can you say they investigated? To investigate would mean that they spoke to all those involved. That they carefully looked at the evidence. They sat and discussed it. How did this happen if they only met for 2 hours on the night of the Board of Education meeting? They had 30 days to respond and they took 2 hours to decide. If they think it is okay to spend 200,000 dollars or possibly more and only talk about it for 120 minutes you are not in the same stratosphere as me. There has been a great deal of information from Mr. Simons lawyer about the believability of the witnesses why didn't our elected Board of Educ. members look into them and then decide how they would handle this? If the secretary has an account that only she can sign this is unacceptable. If it is true that the district has paid off a SECA's college as a thank you for giving information on a principal this needs to be investigated. If the latest rumor is true that the teacher of the year from Manalapan HS admitted in the charges that she covered up money possibly lost by her son this needs to be investigated. How can the teacher of the year admit a cover-up and get rewarded in the same month?
Lizzy March 26, 2012 at 12:56 AM
retaliatory action by the Super - at least the Verona BOE would not allow tenure charges to be filed. bullying and harassment and attempts to intimidate here too - good luck to Mr. Simon . Good luck to Freehold
Claudine Scozzari March 26, 2012 at 03:50 PM
As Lizzy stated, Verona didn't place the case in the federal courts with an Administrative Law judge. The AG's office in NJ is really bad as of late. I am someone who has had case law in the court with AG's office, since 1997-1998 through professional services contract billing, and the AG's office in a court of law had no recollection of it. Can I put in a special request to the journalism staff at the Patch to keep the regional community informed of the progress, if and when there is? I agree - Good luck Freehold!
Lizzy April 03, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Ummmm... John Q- just like Verona , spend taxpayers dollars to let the court decide.
Claudine Scozzari April 03, 2012 at 11:44 AM
And, the courts don't care how many tax dollars they spend. The new superintendent can legally separate the employment suit from the Freehold Regional District; however, with any case there may be legal similarities. The "Tax Payers" are going to reap the benefits of this case by their empty wallets from all the money it is going to cost the regional community.
Lizzy April 04, 2012 at 06:59 PM
what do you call someone who does not appreciate anyone who may be smarter or possess more knowledge than they do ( including life experience). If it looks like age bias and sounds like age bias then it must be age bias!
Claudine Scozzari April 04, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Lizzy, That is such a loaded comment! You are never old enough! And then, you are now too old! You really cared about what I have experienced. This is my life! And, if you don't like the way I react to LIFE, then TOO BAD.

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