Education

Hillsborough School Officials Contend with Police Probe and Personnel Issue

e0ea3b0398f40df0bf5d_hillspixjordenschiff__2_.JPG
Dr. Jorden Schiff, Hillsborough superintendent of schools, last week asked for a police investigation of missing funds from an account at Hillsborough High School.
91dfed8b31c3897e7861_hillspixhighschoolentrance__3_.jpg
e0ea3b0398f40df0bf5d_hillspixjordenschiff__2_.JPG

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – There are two high-profile developments impacting the high school community as 2017 draws to a close.

The Hillsborough Board of Education has its final meeting Monday night, Dec. 18, with a lengthy agenda that includes dozens of routine items, approving a Florida trip for the cheerleaders, accepting the resignation of a board member, appointments of long-term substitutes, line item transfers, renaming courses, paying bills, and soliciting comment from board members and the public on the 2018-19 school budget.

The agenda, however, does not mention Friday's disclosure of a police investigation into missing funds from an account at the high school and does not specifically mention  Athletics Director Michael J. Fanizzi being placed on administrative leave late last month, but there is an agenda item that seeks a board vote to appoint a “short-term” athletic director effective Dec. 20.

Sign Up for E-News

Police Chief Darren Powell confirmed Friday that township police detectives, assisted by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office, have begun an investigation in to the theft of funds from an account at Hillsborough Township High School.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jorden Schiff requested the police investigation, according to Powell.

Powell would not disclose the amount of money that was missing, only that the theft occurred sometime between 2013 and this year.

He said the investigation was in its “infancy,” and that no arrests have been made.

Powell also declined to identify any suspect(s), or who police intended to interview about the missing funds, or from what account(s) the money was missing.

Schiff did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

On two separate occasions last week and the week before, Kia Bergman, a spokeswoman for Hillsborough Township Schools, responded with an identical answer to inquiries about the missing funds and the status of Fanizzi:


“The Hillsborough Board of Education will not comment on personnel matters,” she said.

Fanizzi has been Director of Athletics the past 14 years.

The Board of Education will meet at the Auten Road Intermediate School cafetorium, 281 Auten Road.

The board will vote on a recommendation from Schiff that Michael Davis, supervisor of Health and Physical Education at Hillsborough Middle School be appointed “short-term athletic director, district, effective December 20, 2017 not to exceed 24 days. Stipend $1,000 per month prorated for partial months."

The board does meet in executive session preceding the public portion of the meeting to discuss personnel and other sensitive matters; by law, the public is excluded from executive sessions. The executive session is scheduled for 6 p.m.

There is also a public portion at the meeting, at which time the audience can direct questions to the board. The public meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Franklin Township

Murphy Administration Takes Action to Help Smokers Quit

July 16, 2018

TRENTON, NJ - The Murphy administration on Monday announced new steps to help New Jersey Medicaid recipients quit using tobacco by making it easier to receive tobacco cessation medications and counseling.

“Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death and disease in New Jersey, leading to chronic lung disease, heart disease, stroke and cancer,” said New Jersey Human ...

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_e733205e1006a416118b_unnamed__1_

Thu, August 2, 5:30 PM

Redstone American Grill, Bridgewater

NAWBO Central & Northern NJ Invites Women ...

Business & Finance Giving Back

Thu, September 6, 6:00 PM

St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Union

41st Annual Greek Festival

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Viewing Date Set for 1-Year-Old Boy Killed in July 7 Crash in Raritan

July 17, 2018

RARITAN, NJ - A viewing for the 1-year-old Raritan boy killed on Anderson Street July 7 will be held this week at St. Ann Church, in Raritan, according to an obituary released by the Bongiovi Funeral Home.

Matias Ortega-Rosales was killed on the evening of his first birthday when a vehicle hit two cars and then his family as he was being pushed in a stroller by his mother, Domitila Rosales.

South Plainfield Police Investigators Seek Public’s Help in Fatal Crash

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Police Department and Middlesex County Prosecutors Office are looking for the public’s help in the July 4, 2018 fatal motorcycle accident that killed 28 year-old Jessica Montes of Piscataway.

According to police, the accident occurred at approximately 4:50am as the vehicle Montes was a passenger lost control and crashed on New Brunswick ...

Tee times, Pairings Announced for Start of Next Week’s U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Baltusrol GC in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – The USGA U.S. Junior Amateur Championship starts Monday.  The pairings for the first two rounds of the 71st edition were recently announced.

Monday (July 16) and Tuesday (July 17) tee times will be played on the 7,280-yard, par-71 Upper Course and at the 7,313-yard, par-70 Lower Course at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Monday, Tuesday tee times & pairings

The ...

Newark Lures Amazon With $1 Billion Payroll Tax Incentive

NEWARK, NJ - Amazon will get a payroll tax break at a cost of $1 billion to the city should the company open its second headquarters here.

It’s one of two ordinances that were approved by the Newark City Council council to sweeten the deal for the corporate giant and stand out among other locations vying for Amazon’s so-called HQ2.

“The City Council has brought Newark a ...

New Restaurant Buys ‘Pocketed’ Westfield Liquor License

WESTFIELD, NJ — Westfield’s town council approved the transfer of a liquor license to Westfield Hospitality LLC for its Westfield Fish & Brew Company during the council's meeting Tuesday night. The license had been bought from Jeffrey’s when it closed in 2014 and remained unused, or “pocketed,” by that owner until now.

Though the restaurant does not ...

Piscataway Woman Identified as Victim in Fatal MVA on July 4th

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Jessica Montes, 28 of Piscataway, has been identified as the victim in the 4th of July fatal motor vehicle accident on New Brunswick Avenue. Montes, who was a phlebotomist leaves behind her son as well as numerous family and friends.

A small shrine with candles and pictures has been erected at the site of last Wednesday’s tragedy on New Brunswick ...

Viewing Date Set for 1-Year-Old Boy Killed in July 7 Crash in Raritan

July 17, 2018

RARITAN, NJ - A viewing for the 1-year-old Raritan boy killed on Anderson Street July 7 will be held this week at St. Ann Church, in Raritan, according to an obituary released by the Bongiovi Funeral Home.

Matias Ortega-Rosales was killed on the evening of his first birthday when a vehicle hit two cars and then his family as he was being pushed in a stroller by his mother, Domitila Rosales.

South Plainfield Police Investigators Seek Public’s Help in Fatal Crash

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Police Department and Middlesex County Prosecutors Office are looking for the public’s help in the July 4, 2018 fatal motorcycle accident that killed 28 year-old Jessica Montes of Piscataway.

According to police, the accident occurred at approximately 4:50am as the vehicle Montes was a passenger lost control and crashed on New Brunswick ...

Tee times, Pairings Announced for Start of Next Week’s U.S. Junior Amateur Championship at Baltusrol GC in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. – The USGA U.S. Junior Amateur Championship starts Monday.  The pairings for the first two rounds of the 71st edition were recently announced.

Monday (July 16) and Tuesday (July 17) tee times will be played on the 7,280-yard, par-71 Upper Course and at the 7,313-yard, par-70 Lower Course at Baltusrol Golf Club.

Monday, Tuesday tee times & pairings

The ...

Somerville: Gallery Hosts Photo Society's 90th Anniversary Exhibit

July 13, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Arts on Division is presenting “Visions of Raritan Photographic Society – A Celebration of 90 years” from Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 at the Gallery on Division, 15B Division Street.

The Raritan Photographic Society, founded in 1929, is the oldest photography club in New Jersey. The exhibit celebrates the organization's 90 years ...

County Kicks Off Summer Concert Series with Bob Miranda and the Happenings

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission kicked off its Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park Sunday with a performance by Bob Miranda and the Happenings.

A very large crowd turned out for the performance by the band made famous in part by the song "See You in September."

The next concert will be held July 15 at 7 p.m. at Duke Island Park, with Billy ...

"Xtreme" Adventures for Teens in Somerset County

BASKING RIDGE, NJ – The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center  has scheduled a challenging summer program series for teens 13 to 16.

“Xtreme Adventure” is a summer-long series of one-day outdoor programs that will entertain and educate teen girls and boys. All adventures begin at the Environmental Education Center, 190 Lord Stirling ...

Somerville: Gallery Hosts Photo Society's 90th Anniversary Exhibit

July 13, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – Arts on Division is presenting “Visions of Raritan Photographic Society – A Celebration of 90 years” from Thursday, July 19 to Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 at the Gallery on Division, 15B Division Street.

The Raritan Photographic Society, founded in 1929, is the oldest photography club in New Jersey. The exhibit celebrates the organization's 90 years ...

County Kicks Off Summer Concert Series with Bob Miranda and the Happenings

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission kicked off its Summer Concert Series at Duke Island Park Sunday with a performance by Bob Miranda and the Happenings.

A very large crowd turned out for the performance by the band made famous in part by the song "See You in September."

The next concert will be held July 15 at 7 p.m. at Duke Island Park, with Billy ...