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Brick BOE Members Split Vote, Fail to Reappoint Talty to Board

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Brick Township Board of Education/Schools (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Brick Township Board of Education/Schools (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The Brick Township Board of Education voted in a 3-3 tie to reappoint John Talty to the board Monday night, lacking a majority and resulting in a failed vote. Talty’s own seat was up for appointment since he resigned in April after undergoing open heart surgery, but after his recovery improved, sought to rescind his resignation.

The vote Monday night was essentially a repeat of a vote that took place May 28, when board members Frank Pannucci, Jr., Michael Conti and John Barton voted against allowing Talty to rescind his resignation. Board President Sharon Cantillo, and board members Karyn Cusanelli and Susan Suter voted in favor of reappointing Talty.

Likewise, Pannucci, Conti and Barton favored appointing Brenda Calderone, who unsuccessfully ran for the board in 2012, to the position. In that vote, Cantillo, Cusanelli and Suter voted against Calderone.

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Political overtones were omnipresent during the meeting. Calderone ran for the board in 2012 alongside Pannucci and Conti, in what was largely considered a ticket aligned with the township Republican organization. Pannucci and Conti are currently Republican candidates for township council.

In addition to Talty and Calderone, former board members Larry Reid and Walter Campbell applied, along with residents Lenny Figula, Victor Finamore, Patricia Marsden, Lois Turner and George White.

After votes to renominate Talty and Calderone both resulted in the same outcome as their first attempts, Cusanelli read a portion of the state’s education statute which instructs board members to “refuse to surrender my independent judgment to special interest or partisan political groups.”

Pannucci said he favored appointing Calderone to the board because she “brings another perspective” to the board, specifically the special education community. Calderone serves as president of the Special Education PTA.

“She brings a different perspective than any of us can bring to this board,” said Pannucci.

Cusanelli then said Barton, a special education teacher, brings such a perspective the board.

Public comment was squarely in support of Talty’s reappointment.

“He was elected, he earned his seat,” said Nan Coll. “He showed moral character when he thought he wasn’t up to doing it properly, putting in a resignation. And now that he’s in good health and feels he can fulfill all of the work, I think the right thing to do is put John back on.

“I truly, truly believe that this board, at this time, needs someone with the experience he has,” said Melanie Briggs, referring to Talty.

“In everything he does, he tries to help everybody,” said Joe Coutant. “We’d have a great loss if we don’t put him in. He really deserves that seat. It was his and he should have it. He was one of the best board members I can remember and he well-deserves his seat back.”

Ultimately, the board decided that scheduling another meeting to discuss the matter would prove fruitless, and voted to send all of the resumes collected to the Ocean County Superintendent of Schools, who will choose one of the nine.


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  • Glenn

    And the Ocean County Superintendent of Schools just happens to be part of the Repulican machine. I want Talty, but my money is on Calderone.

  • Joseph Woolston Brick

    Politics do NOT belong on the school board although people do run for a position and use the board as a stepping stone into the foray of higher office, but when members step on the backs of the people that put them on the board, namely the voters of Brick, that’s when a line has been crossed. Well so be it, enjoy the rest of your time in your little world of politics while you can. Mr. Barton I voted for you, don’t count on it next time around. You want to play games, let the games begin! GRIP!

    • jo jo ormaz

      If someone wants to learn and develop his or her skills. the BOE is a good start for anyone. it looks as it will take a good three years to learn [ unless you’ve had inside coaching by it’s members and party ]. it gives a person a chance to see what they can do and are willing to do. If they stay, great! if they want to move on to something else great! However, if you start here, and decide to run for office.. that person needs to step down from the day of announcement until election day. [ regardless, it’s a conflict of interest ] Then again, look at all the committees, and when people run for office; where did they start? they were either on the BOE or on several Committees to both learn and look good come voting time. Then next question is, do they have integrity and values or are they working deals [ with their party ] to get a better job [ back room deals ] off the tax payer, by collecting from two or more programs. The closed minded family connection has to stop, the close- close minded friends and family has to STOP.

  • Jon Grimaldi
  • Jon Grimaldi

    Sound like Republican club wants Cantillo out. Not even the Dems will take her at this point. Schools were ranked higher before she hired her criminals to run the school district. It’s not about who the football coach is Ms Cantillo it is about the education of all Brick Students. Bring back Mr Hrycenko. At least he cared about all of the students and teachers and bus drivers. More arrests to come. To be continued….

  • Chief Wahoo

    Look at those people fighting for an unpaid job. Hmmm, I wonder why ???

    ANARCHO-CAPITALISM

    • Geoff Dubrowsky

      Cleveland Fan or Major League?

      • jo jo ormaz

        Ha,Ha, Nice!

  • Tom Russo

    We need leadership at this time on the school board. Who will step up?

  • Geoff Dubrowsky

    There are those out their including me who have told the County our interest in running for School Board next fall. I was asked if I was running for the 3yr term or the one year term vacated by Talty. If the Board Of Elections has already processed his resignation how is placing him back even legal? Im not a lawyer and did not apply for the open term because my child’s situation in town must first be finalized. Once he is done I’ll try one election cycle! I hope we have a field of 60 Candidates and they each bring out a few hundred voters. We need a involved town with multiple ideas and focus on making Brick a Destination for Education!

    • David Fischer

      If Mr Talty is appointed to fill the vacancy, the term would expire with the coming elections. Appointing Mr Talty would not change the 3/1 seat openings as the appointed term would expire with the December meeting.

  • Valerie

    A non-selfserving voice of experience (as parent or teacher or both) with
    zero political aspirations filling a seat on the BOE would be ideal and refreshing. I once
    personally heard one of those two final candidates say it was ok to break
    rules and bend them. I shudder at the thought of that person being on a BOE that determines what impacts our children.

  • WilliamFoster8

    the school meetings are crawling with the local republicans these days. All the pictures from Thursday’s meeting show DeLuca and Catalana in front row coaching council candidates Conti and panucci. Calderone ran for school board with conti and panucci, all repub club. I hear the republicans want to take over to gget all the vendors to donate. follow the $$$$. but its all about the kids right? panucci doesn’t even have kids or house here JOKE! another 24% tax increase from the friends and family club on its way

    • Tom Russo

      you make a good point

    • jo jo ormaz

      talk about family and friends! – STEP DOWN !! Cantillo – Conti and Panucci … -Cusanelli read a portion of the state’s education statute which instructs board members to “refuse to surrender my independent judgment to special interest or partisan political groups.” ! Hello!! – the moment you had accepted to Run for office – that became a conflict of interest!! – special interest – Ethics !!! every time you sit up there, your running your campaign . Cantillio – you allow it to go on..? Hope someone reports it!! Let’s not forget they happen to be out of the office for wanting to let go 31 bus drivers.? they all knew in advance ! Hhhm what about that little funding that has been over looked for so many years..? And what Dynamic Dual are good friends with Calderone!. that being said, I like Calderone, Talty and Reed… with out a doubt any one of these three for this election. My bet is on someone new and not part of a school system.- or family and friends.. Cantillo’s drama session to the pubic should have been given an Oscar.. Oh – wait – “It’s for the Children”… why is it always the same people over and over..

      • WilliamFoster8

        @jo jo: you r soooo right! the 2 council candidates should have stepped down as soon as they filed. but then they couldnt use boe platform to pander to union and special needs and get photo opps. i dont know what cantillo could do against the republican machine?? ciesla running the show for candidate puppets and hasbeens like deluca. im surre republican appointed county super will pick from the brick republicanclub They need the vendor “donations” in their coffers for the election

      • jo jo ormaz

        wait until someone begins to dig really deep into this mess and uncovers the truth. The media will have a field day with it; that’s if anyone hasn’t already contacted them.?

    • jo jo ormaz

      “Thursday’s meeting show DeLuca and Catalano in front row coaching council candidates Conti and panucci” – you are so right !! look at the photos! Coaching Class 101 from the side lines.. “gee, weren’t their statements seemed a little “rehearsed” – for the Bussing issue.. ?” There’s ethics issues there yet to surface! didn’t the club split or will split? because of all the games played and lives destroyed by it over the years.? it’s only a matter of when; sad. Both Republicans and Dems [ including Independents ] have to learn to work together – FIX the problem as a whole- before there isn’t a town left to be apart of.

      • Tom Russo

        Your right Jo Jo. You should run for Board with all that knowledge.

      • jo jo ormaz

        That would require us to join a party, donate a lot of money the become a puppet to someone’s family and friends [ know engineering and Law firms to move up to the top ] – first! God forbid you try to do anything,,, your own party will block you. We just go to meetings, sit back and watch the show, it’s more fun that way… just by watching, taking notes and reading. I want to see when George Scott will make his move for Council or Mayor, that will be a good time. We like him! Then after all the BS clears, we pull people together from our community and try to make the right vote.. It is sad though, the old mentality here, of how they do things. All they’re doing is hurting themselves and those who are trying to make a difference. And then, something like this happens on both BOE and those who are Running for Council.? we’ve been looking into the other new name candidates, recently who are running in November. We’re going to follow them closely. especially because; a few of the BOE members and they’re party don’t like a couple who are running. Just to piss them off, we hope they win!

  • jo jo ormaz

    Who’s running in November – anyone know? I want to start researching now – “GRIP” I want someone of integrity and values. Not Family and Friends – with spouses working in the district!

  • Tom Russo

    We need new candidates on the Board. NO MORE RETREADS.

    • jo jo ormaz

      let’s look at the other candidates who are running, I think we’re going to find the answer there. who they are, where they came from, background, lifestyle, family, friends? successful or failures, as long as they have integrity, determination with values. Not a perfect script of “former teachers – committee people” [ really? isn’t that how we got here to begin with?] because they will sell it for “The Children” , while making financial decisions on your Taxes. Barton is a CPA, he has to think outside of the “Box” when looking for solutions. the candidate could be working for WaWa for all we care about ? That’s what We are looking for a person who knows what it is to struggle,to take on responsibilities and knows about sacrifices. Back to Barton, ask yourself- why wasn’t he allowed to be placed on any committees? well now, look at who’s running the show for your answer!