GREEN BROOK. NJ - Some 200 people called in to the Wednesday night meeting of the Green Brook Township Board of Education, most wanting their voices heard regarding the non-renewal of IEF Principal Paul Fornale. Fornale is at the end of his two year contract and will be reassigned to his last tenured position as a teacher.
More than 1000 people signed a petition in less than 48 hours to “Keep Mr. Fornale as Principal at IEF"
Most residents who spoke during the four and a half hour meeting said they were disappointed to read the agenda for the Green Brook Board of Education meeting removing Mr. Paul Fornale as Principal of I.E.F. Elementary School. Many said they were bewildered at the action as they found him to be a kind, caring and professional role model for the community.
A few spoke with a different experience.
Some cited bad timing during a pandemic and argued for compromise..
The NJDOE has a May 15 deadline to renew all employees. Administrators are evaluated using state approved rubrics and the Superintendent and Board of Education cannot legally discuss why an employee is not renewed, or any personnel matters in public.
Caller Allen Pincus said, “ we failed Mr. Fornale.” He said when the Board appointed Fornale as the Principal, he was a known person with many years in district.
In speaking about Fornale, Elana Kirschner said,” You are loved. You are appreciated. You are cared for. You are respected.”
Kirschner is rallying supporters to wear Fornale's favorite color, burgundy, in support on Friday.
Green Brook Township Superintendent of Schools, Dr. James Bigsby said that he will engage stakeholders in the search for a new Principal. at IEF.
Prospective school board candidates can download candidate information from the New Jersey School Boards Association’s web site at NJSBA School Board Candidate Kit. The School Board Candidate Kit includes information about nominating petitions, legal qualifications for school board candidacy, and the role of the school board member. Information about the New Jersey School Ethics Act and important dates in the school election process are also included.
“One of the most meaningful contributions that citizens can make to their community is serving on the local board of education,” said Daniel Sinclair, NJSBA president. “I encourage all interested citizens to consider school board membership. It doesn’t require a degree in education, or a background in politics. However, it does require a sincere interest in the community, its children, and their education.”
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