Minutillo responds to Raslowsky
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
“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.”