Minutillo responds to Raslowsky

7/10/2008:

School Board member Theresa Minutillo will have the following letter published in this weekends paper. She wanted a larger audience to see it as well:

Raslowsky violates State law

hoboken-board-of-education-theresa-minutillo.jpg“On June 22nd in a letter to the editor of the Hoboken Reporter, Superintendent Raslowsky criticizes me for not trusting him. Sadly, I don’t. He’s worked to lose my trust through his actions and inactions. Here’s just a sample:

At our last meeting he attempted to hire someone for one position that didn’t exist, and to promote someone to another position which didn’t exist and would have come with a $20,000 raise. I have repeatedly fought to block these appointments.

Mr. Raslowsky pushed through (he had his 5 votes) 5% raises for our non-contractual employees for not only 2007-08 school year but also retroactive to the 2006-07 school year. Because it’s expected and it’s “past practice”. Then he laid off teachers and wanted to increase student class size because of budget constraints.

When Mr. Raslowsky was hired he lacked superintendent certification
and is currently being mentored by a retired Superintendent. This makes his evaluation process all the more important. Yet last year he ignored his contract’s requirement that he “propose a schedule for evaluation … by March 1st.” When he didn’t act, and I as president started the process, he refused to cooperate or respond in any way, until promising on April 21st to do his part in “several days”. He missed that deadline too, and has still submitted nothing. This situation has gone on so long as to create a violation of not only his contract, but of state law as well.

As for the election I ask that people read Mr. Raslowsky’s letter as carefully as he wrote it. He lists a number of things that he didn’t do which would be considered campaigning. But he doesn’t deny campaigning. As well he can’t. He expressed his support for the Parents for Progressive education slate to those he met and talked with. ”Campaigning” in this way is far more valuable than the “door to door campaigning” or “attending rallies” that he didn’t do, and Jack well knows it.

I am saddened by the state of my relationship with Mr Raslowsky. As a parent, I’d hoped that he’d fulfill the promises he made when hired and perhaps even improve the schools to the point that he would send his own children there. As a board member I’d hoped that he would be part of providing the education that our students deserve and our taxes are paying for. I will continue to attempt to work with Mr Raslowsky and stand ready to re-extend my trust when his actions begin to mirror his soothing words. For the sake of our kids, I hope it’s soon.”

Theresa Minutillo
Board Trustee

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36 Comments on "Minutillo responds to Raslowsky"


ss1959
Member
ss1959
7 years 3 months ago

Nice cadaver photo. As Jack put it “experts” have reviewed the pay scale. When Jack says experts I say trust (not) but verify. And I mean verify!

Determined
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Determined
7 years 3 months ago

This is a very old thread but Minutillo’s letter is a great example of why she is continually re-elected and why the electorate decided it was time for a change and elected the Kids First Slate. Thanks for the reminder.

davidcdavid64
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davidcdavid64
7 years 3 months ago

1) thank you estevens for your post
2) I find this letter educational. When you take things away from people that they are used to having they act in strage ways. It is clear that there is a normal wau of doing things in hoboken and if the super is prevented from doing them he will suffer in turn
3) If this continues you can expect to see massive mobilization of support against Theresa. If those in power can’t hand out jobs or raises they have lost their power in a corrupt system. In an honest system this isn’t a loss of power
4)number three is exactly why you have seen all these groups and money come out to mobilize against Zimmer. If they loose the ability to hand out jobs and raises their entire corrupt power structure is in danger.
5)Without name calling etc I think the board of ed should have a web site. When the super gets upset in a public forum, or the board takes actions they would have the chance to explain their policy decisions. Having the light of day shines on his decisions will surely get him fired. In fact shining the light of day on almost any hoboken official will get them fired. Once more the reason all the money and power behind peter C.

PJIII
Member
PJIII
7 years 3 months ago

The article in this week’s paper doesn’t portray her as either cooperative or capable. Apparently, even without the official title of President, she took over the Board and her arrogance is making her into the monster she has portrayed so many other BOE members to be,

Double
Member
Double
7 years 3 months ago

Margret:
I remember when you were a strong supporter of Mayor Russo – he used you and stole from all the folks in this town.
The old Hoboken school board and the education system has been looting this town for years – stealing our money – wasting it. They used you and your support.
It does not surprise me now that you will not support this reform BOE who we know will cut the fat from the system.
When will you learn?

davidcdavid64
Member
davidcdavid64
7 years 3 months ago

loved the letter. Based on prior remarks she made I would have thought that was the case.

In response to Double who said:
Margret:
I remember when you were a strong supporter of Mayor Russo – he used you and stole from all the folks in this town.
The old Hoboken school board and the education system has been looting this town for years – stealing our money – wasting it. They used you and your support.
It does not surprise me now that you will not support this reform BOE who we know will cut the fat from the system.
When will you learn?

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