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Brick BOE to Vote on New Superintendent Hire Thursday

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

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

Brick Township’s school board is set to vote on the hiring of a new superintendent at its meeting Thursday night.

The superintendent will technically replace Walter Uszenski, who was hired on a five-year contract, but only served until May 2015, when he was charged in a controversial case where it was alleged he provided educational services to his grandson to which the child was not entitled. Since then, two indictments in the case have been thrown out and many of the original charges surrounding the grandson dropped by prosecutors in favor of allegations over the hiring of a district official who had a previous drug conviction from the 1970s. The state, however, cleared the employee under an amnesty program.

Since Uszenski was suspended in 2015, the district has had three acting and interim superintendents – Richard Caldes, Thomas Gialanella and, currently, Dennis Filippone. Filippone, appointed last year, said he did not want the job permanently.

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An agenda for the meeting did not specify who the board would be hiring or what his or her salary would be. The current board, though technically nonpartisan, is controlled 6-1 by Democrats, with the seventh member affiliated with the Green Party. The previous board was made up of a bipartisan group of members.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the district’s training center, located at the administrative building at the Veterans Complex on Hendrickson Avenue.

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