Paterson, NJ- Last month Paterson Education Association President John McEntee told TAPinto Paterson that he had “a good feeling” about the year coming, and that despite a budget shortfall and ongoing budget negotiations there was reason to be optimistic about efforts to provide the city’s students a top class education, a goal both he and Acting Superintended Eileen Shafer share.

However optimistic he may be, his statement last week, in the wake of an incident in which a Paterson Schools Administrator allegedly assaulted a subordinate, shows that there is still healing to be done:

We are in an era of rebuilding in Paterson, but sadly we cannot shake off the residual muck of former State District Superintendent Donnie Evans and the state’s failed control over our school district. I would like to say that I am shocked; but as you well know, his administration’s outrageous and harmful behavior should come as no surprise. At this time, the Union is closely monitoring this situation.

While the alleged victim is not one of our members, keep in mind that the Union will not tolerate an assault of any kind against the employees of the Paterson Public Schools.  It is my hope that the District will join us in this concern and will take swift and serious action to address this alleged criminal matter.