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Brick BOE Ponders: Bring Back Suspended Superintendent, Or Not?

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Walter Uszenski (File Photo)
Walter Uszenski (File Photo)

Board of Education members in Brick said they have thought long and hard about reinstating suspended Superintendent Walter Uszenski, but the possibility of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office seeking a third indictment against him has kept them from considering the option.

Uszenski, in February, had an indictment against him thrown out by Superior Court Judge Patricia Roe, after it was revealed that prosecutors excluded evidence that may have exonerated him from their grand jury presentation. Uszenski is accused of providing day care services to his grandchild when the child was not eligible for them, however it came to light during court proceedings that the child previously had been eligible for such services before Uszenski was ever hired in the Brick school district.

With no indictment against him, the Board of Education could legally reinstate Uszenski, as the Lacey Township board did when its former superintendent, Sandra Brower, had an indictment against her dismissed. However the Brick board has refrained from doing so because Uszenski’s attorney has said in press interviews that that the prosecutor’s office intends to seek another indictment. Earlier this week, Shorebeat exclusively broke the news that Uszenski has filed paperwork stating his intention to file a $60 million lawsuit against the school district, Brick municipal government and the prosecutor’s office.

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“It is something that is weighing heavily on our minds,” school board vice president Stephanie Wohlrab said, responding to questions on the subject from members of the public Thursday night at a board meeting.

Wohlrab said the board does not want to “disrupt” the district by having Uszenski return, only to have another indictment handed up.

“When his own attorney is expecting an indictment, why would we disrupt the district like that – to bring him in and then send him out again,” Wohlrab said.

“I’m looking for the easiest and cheapest path out of this situation,” said resident Vic Fanelli. “The impression we get is that you’re sitting on your hands right now, waiting to see what happens.”

George Scott, another resident, said bringing Uszenski back could prove to be the best option, given the potential litigation.

“I’m trying to have the compensatory [damage] amount reduced by having him reinstated because he has a valid contract,” said Scott.

Uszenski’s contract runs through the 2017-18 school year. Interim Superintendent Thomas Gialanella’s contract runs through June 30, 2017, however he is eligible to be retained until Feb. 2018, when he reaches a two-year state-imposed deadline for interim superintendents.

“It’s a difficult decision to make,” Wohlrab admitted. “We don’t have all the information to make the kind of decision you want.”

 


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  • Hbadger

    All hail Ducey!! You have to appreciate that they genuinely pretend to be in the dark. But really the big guy hasn’t informed them how they should spin his corruption and wasteful spending for personal gain. I guess I won’t get that dollar savings from the budget

    • J W

      Will you please shut up?

      • Hbadger

        You must be one of no bid award winners! Good luck with your future

  • Mac

    Going to be indicted for a third time? Really? Perhaps we should give some thought to getting a new county prosecutor before wasting the taxpayers money with more self-serving witch hunts by Chief Wacky Weed.

  • Jack Mac

    What’s going on here he’s guilty he’s innocent now being charged again??? And now maybe give him position back what’s going on here crazy

  • KaayC

    Anyone eho wants to sue the town for that much money is undeserving IMHO. U just showed his true colors.

    • Hbadger

      They just ruin the mans life, as well as family, for political gain and you think he should put his head between his legs

  • J W

    Just dump him and draw out the litigation long enough that something else comes up that might end the case early.

    • Jerry Toboggan

      J W is just upset because his mom, Alesia Watson, had to resign…

      • J W

        More racist filth from the local KKK membership. Seriously, you people should get back to your inbreeding.

      • Jerry Toboggan

        Uh oh! J W is chimping out again! Why don’t you perform your mating dance with your orangutang life partner?

  • john talty

    Dr. U had all the charges against him thrown out, by the judge herself. He has a binding contract and a right to be offered the position that he was basically fired from. For once this BOE should do the right thing and reinstate the good Dr.