ROSELLE, NJ – During an un-calendar scheduled Board of Education meeting, the board met for a motion to approve the employment contract/agreement between Dr. Richard R. Corbett and the Roselle Board Education.
By a vote of five yes, one no and three abstained the Board of Education has officially passed the three-year contract for Dr. Corbett, for the position of Superintendent of Schools, for the period of July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.
Roughly a week before the meeting, an online petition was created, by Ramesh Lopez, in support to keep Dr. Corbett as superintendent. The petition received a total of 24 names in support.
“We need to remove the interim status from Dr. Corbett's title so we can move forward with consistency,” said Lopez. “Starting over with a new superintendent next year, who will need yet another year to evaluate the schools and teachers, is counterproductive. We truly believe that with Dr. Corbett as our superintendent we will have a strong opportunity to address and remedy the issues of the past and present, and remove the barriers for a better future.”
Dr. Corbett had his fair share of supporters and non-supporters.
“It’s okay to say I personally believe in an individual but it is not how we personally feel about [an] individual, [it] has to be, as much as possible, giving our community input, have an opportunity to filter and then we make a decision based on all the candidates; and that hasn't’ been today and that’s why I will be voting no on his appointment,” said Archange Antoine, Board of Education member.
After the public portion of the meeting, the board then broke into executive session where a private conversation was held.
“Board members there’s a conversation that we can’t have in public but we are going to get ready to vote on something,” said Antoine. “I don’t understand how we are going to approve a contract when we have internal issues that arises.”
After the votes were casted it was commenced that Dr. Corbett’s appointment would embrace change in the district.
“Change cannot happen overnight, there is going to be some changes that need to take place,” said Candida Young, Board of Education President.“ We definitely hear you, we hear everyone that is here, as far as change whether people think that it’s a good thing or not. Trust and believe we are really focused on change.”