Other NJ News

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 pro rated 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

Milltown/Spotswood

Saint Peter's Fights Against Fatal Cardiac Arrests on the Playing Field

February 17, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - On a particular Tuesday evening, Jim Fisher stood in front of a group of coaches and doctors at the newly ​-​ renovated, start-of-the-art simulation center at Saint Peter’s University Hospital in New Brunswick.

Jim’s son, Sean, died in Aug ​just​ 2008, as a result of an undetected heart defect. He was just about to turn 13. The two and their family are ...

Big Little Railroad Shop in Somerville Runs Out of Steam; Store Closing

February 18, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ – The Big Little Railroad Shop, an iconic retail store for 27 years and a fixture on Main Street most of those years has run out of steam.

The hobby shop for serious model railroaders, which first opened in 1991, is selling out its inventory at reduced prices, and will close its doors at 63 W. Main St. for the final time on Sunday, Feb. 25.

Owner Jen Lush and her ...

Upcoming Events

Mon, February 19

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Mr. Popper's Penguins

Arts & Entertainment

Thu, February 22, 8:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Mnozil Brass

Arts & Entertainment

Sun, February 25, 11:00 AM

East Brunswick Jewish Center, East Brunswick

PurimFest

Author Donates Portion Of Sales To Equestrian Aid Foundation

February 18, 2018

WELLINGTON, Fla. — Author Shane Ledyard will donate a portion of the paperback sales of his latest book, “Sycamore Whispers,” to the Equestrian Aid Foundation through February.

Equestrian Aid Foundation provides financial assistance to horse people from all corners of the U.S. equestrian world who are facing catastrophic injury or illness.

Purchase “Sycamore ...

Travels Spotlight - Coast Guard Ends Search for Fishermen Lost at Sea, Fund Established to Help Family

February 18, 2018

TAPintoTravels is here to promote travel whether it is for work or pleasure.  Most of our reporting is fun and helpful.  However on rare occasions, we do have to report on heart breaking stories.  It is always hardest when it involves men with families that have been lost at sea.  Please consider assisting this family in need and keep them in your thoughts or ...

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper

Super Carb Diet by Bob Harper with Danny Pellegrino (St. Martin's Press, 2017)

It's hard to go on a serious diet, one on which you expect to be successful and maintain a loss. Fortunately, in his new book Super Carb Diet, Bob Harper has given the weight watching world a sensible new diet plan to help achieve a healthy weight.

Harper, host of NBC's popular show The Biggest Loser, ...

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs

Two Nights by Kathy Reichs (Bantom,2017)

How does a writer of a beloved series like Harry Potter or Temperance Brennan break out of their readers' expectations and try something new? For J.K. Rowlings it was the novels penned under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith; books about a maimed and very flawed private detective with the unlikely name of Cormoran Strike. For Kathy Reichs, it is the ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...

'American Hero' explores with powerful performances

‘American Hero’ pulses with tension, clashing emotions at George Street

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNWICK – The issue of social injustice makes its way into “American Hero,” the second play in a trilogy by Christopher Demo-Brown.

Armand Schultz as Rob is to receive a medal of honor for his heroic actions during the Iraq war. Although he lost the use of his legs, he ...